Gabby Petito's family says fiancé's family should help find her if they have 'any decency left'

© Courtesy of Schmidt and Petito family Gabby Petito and fiance Brian Laundrie Courtesy of Schmidt and Petito family

Gabby Petito’s family pleaded with the parents of the missing young woman’s fiancé Thursday, begging them in an open letter to help them find their daughter if they have “any decency left.”

“We are writing this letter to ask you to help find our daughter. We understand you are going through a difficult time and your instinct is strong to protect your son,” Petito’s family said in the letter read during a New York press conference held by their attorney Richard Stafford.

“We haven’t been able to eat or sleep,” the family said. “Our lives are falling apart.”

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The family said in the letter to Brian Laundrie’s parents, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, that they “believe you know the location of where Brian left Gabby. We beg you to tell us.”

“As a parent, how could you let us go through this pain and not help us?” the letter read. “If you or your family have any decency left, please tell us where Gabby is located.”

Brian Laundrie has refused to speak to authorities about Petito’s disappearance, despite police and the family of the 22-year-old woman pleading that he help find her. Police have named him as a “person of interest” in the case.

Petito and Brian Laundrie, 23, set out from New York on a cross-country road trip in a converted camper van on July 2, documenting their travels on social media along the way.

But on September 1, Brian Laundrie returned home to North Port, Florida with the van and without Petito, police have said. Petito’s family reported her missing to New York authorities 10 days later.

As the press conference Thursday, Stafford that every day that passes and Petito is not found, the family grows more “desperate.”

“They’re at the point where that desperation is turning to anger,” Stafford said.

The attorney confirmed that Petito and Brian Laundrie were engaged to be married, but put their wedding on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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