In an interview with Dr. Oz, the family of deceased Gabby Petito, who is still dealing with her loss, discussed the relationship between Brian Laundrie and their daughter, looking for any signs of potential abuse towards her.
Grieving father Joe Petito said Laundrie showed “all the hallmarks of an abusive relationship,” noting that the signs became vivid when he would shame her, as reported by The Independent.
“And continually shame the victim to where they start believing that shame is theirs to hold,” he said, adding that the victim after that would not talk about their situation to anyone.
His comment echoed an earlier view from Nichole Schmidt, mother of Petito. In hindsight, she had concerns for her daughter being with Laundrie.
“I don’t know why Gabby didn’t open up to me about certain things,” said her mother, Nichole Schmidt. “We just didn’t see any red flags.”
According to authorities, the family also admitted they were still mourning for the 22-year-old, who died of manual strangulation and whose body was left in the wilderness of a Wyoming national park.
“We’re not okay,” said Nichole Schmidt while on the verge of tears. “But we have this, we have each other, and we’re going to help a lot of people that’s what’s keeping us going.”
Brian Laundrie, 23, came home without Petito on Sept. 1 from a cross-country trip with her. He disappeared on Sept. 13. Six days later, law enforcement officials located Petito’s body. Although Laundrie’s skeletal remains were found on Oct. 20, his cause of death is under investigation by a forensic anthropologist.
The authorities have not named him responsible for Petito’s death.