The manhunt is still ongoing for Brian Laundrie, the primary “person of interest” in the death of Gabby Petito, whose body was found in Wyoming on Sept. 19 after she was reported missing by her family.
Now, Petito’s parents are speaking out about Laundrie’s absence, Fox News reports, and expressing optimism that he will eventually be found alive so he can be swiftly thrown behind bars.
“I want to see him in a jail cell for the rest of his life,” Petito’s father, Joe, said of Laundrie during an interview that aired Wednesday, according to Fox.
“I want to see him in a jail cell”
That interview involved both Joe Petito and his wife Tara, along with Gabby’s mother Nichole Schmidt and her husband Jim. They all appeared for a discussion with Dr. Phil McGraw on his daytime TV show.
Laundrie disappeared Sept. 13, just days after Gabby Petito was declared missing and a few days prior to a body later identifed as hers being discovered in a national park in Wyoming.
It is believed that Laundrie is hiding out in one of many national parks or reserves, from south Florida up through the Appalachian Mountains along the East Coast.
“I just hope he’s found,” Joe Petito told McGraw, according to Fox. “I want to see him in a jail cell for the rest of his life, where he’s an outdoorsman being in that concrete cell.”
Nichole Schmidt echoed that sentiment. “I want to look him in the eyes,” she said.
A “mediocre survivalist”
But while Gabby Petito’s parents seem confident that Laundrie will be found and apprehended, the fugitive’s sister doesn’t appear to share their optimism, according to a separate report from Fox News.
In an interview with ABC News, Cassie Laundrie described her brother’s ability to survive in the wild as “mediocre,” though she acknowledged that she wouldn’t be “surprised” by any potential eventual outcome.
“I’d say Brian’s a mediocre survivalist,” Cassie Laundrie said of her brother. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he could last out there a very long time. But also, I don’t think anything would surprise me at this point.”
According to The Washington Post, Brian Laundrie has not been publicly charged in connection with the death of Gabby Petito, but a federal warrant against him was issued on charges related to debit card fraud.