Cassie Laundrie said if she could talk to her brother she would tell him to come forward.
“I’m worried about him. I hope he’s okay, then I’m angry and I don’t know what to think.… I would tell my brother to come forward and get us out of this horrible mess,” he said. she declared.
She told CNN on Tuesday night that it had been about two weeks since she spoke to her parents, and in their last conversation they did not talk about the search for Laundrie or Petito because the lawyer of his parents advised them not to discuss it with anyone.
Petito was found dead on September 19 in a Wyoming national forest, 18 days after authorities said Brian Laundrie returned to his parents in Florida without her following a cross-country trip the couple had. done this summer.
After Petito’s family reported her missing on September 11, Laundrie left the Florida home on September 14 and has not been seen since, her parents told authorities.
A coroner made an initial ruling last month that Petito’s death was a homicide.
Petito’s family say they tried to contact laundries on several occasions
Joe Petito, the young woman’s father, said they had called and texted Laundrie’s mother several times in the days leading up to their daughter’s report being reported missing.
In an exclusive interview with “Dr. Phil” that aired Tuesday, Joe Petito said he called “any phone number I could get for this family,” and they left voicemails and texted, but they never heard back from the laundries.
Nichole Schmidt, Petito’s mother, said they initially believed Laundrie and Petito were missing, until they file the missing person report and learn that Petito’s van was at Laundrie’s house in Florida.
Schmidt said she had a feeling that night, when detectives informed her of the location of the van, that Petito was dead.
Asked by host Phil McGraw if they think the laundries know their son’s whereabouts, Schmidt said she thought they knew “a lot more information than they give”.
“Someone has to start talking,” she said.
CNN has reached out to Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino for comment.
At the end of September, Laundrie’s parents released a statement through their lawyer, saying, “Chris and Roberta Laundrie don’t know where Brian is. They’re worried about Brian and hope the FBI can locate him. Speculation by the public and some in the press that the parents helped Brian leave the family home or avoid arrest under a warrant issued after Brian had already been missing for several days is simply false. “
Sister says she last saw brother on September 6 while camping
Cassie Laundrie told CNN she last saw and spoke to him on September 6.
“We just went and spent a few hours and had dinner and had s’mores around the campfire and left. There was nothing in particular about it. There was no feeling of big goodbye. There was nothing, “Cassie told ABC about it. last met with her brother that day, later adding that she was “frustrated” at not understanding anything.
She shared photos of her brother with her 5-year-old son which she said were taken that day.
“It was just a regular visit,” she told ABC.
Brian Laundrie’s parents told investigators they last saw him leave their North Port, Fla. Home on September 14 with a backpack, and told them he was on his way to the the neighboring 25,000-acre Carlton reserve, police said.
Police said they received this information on September 17, three days after his alleged departure. Investigators have since spent days searching for laundry facilities on the Carlton Reservation outside of Venice, Florida.
The day Cassie Laundrie learned of her brother’s disappearance, she informed authorities about the September 6 camping trip, she told ABC.
“It was not hidden from the police. … I have been cooperating with the police since day one. I have been in contact with the police,” she said.
She said she also tried to contact her brother, but that “the phone went to voicemail”.
Amid public speculation, Cassie Laundrie told ABC she was unsure what role, if any, her parents may have played in her brother’s disappearance.
“I don’t know if my parents are involved,” she said during a series of short clips in the ABC interview.
When asked for a response to the ABC interview on Tuesday, Bertolino, who represents the laundries, told CNN: “I believe Cassie.”
Bertolino declined to comment on Cassie Laundrie’s statement that she does not know if her parents are involved. Bertolino also replied “no comment” when asked if Cassie had been in contact or spoken with her parents.
Laundrie’s sister says she hasn’t seen signs of domestic violence between him and Petito
Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, spent their summer traveling in her white van through the American West as she posted their adventures on social media.
The messages abruptly stopped in late August, and Laundrie returned home alone to his parents in Florida on September 1, police said.
Prior to that, on August 12, a witness called police to say the couple were arguing in Utah. A caller told a 911 dispatcher that “the gentleman was slapping the girl” and “hitting” her before the couple drove off.
In the interview aired Tuesday, Cassie Laundrie told ABC she had never seen any signs of domestic violence between her brother and Petito.
She said the body camera videos of the officers’ meeting with the couple were painful to watch.
“It’s really painful to see everyone being upset,” said Cassie Laundrie. “It was pretty typical of them arguing and trying to take each other’s space, but people who say they’ve seen public domestic violence, I’ve never seen anything like it. from one of them. “
No charges were laid in the August 12 incident and, at the suggestion of officers, the couple went their separate ways for the night, with Brian Laundrie staying in a hotel and Petito taking the van.
After this incident, Brian Laundrie flew from Utah to Tampa, Fla. On August 17 to “get a few items” and empty a storage unit to save money “as they considered extending the road trip, “said Bertolino, lawyer for Laundrie’s parents. .
Cassie Laundrie told CNN on Tuesday that after her brother returned to Florida on August 17, they picked up her kids together and spoke with Petito on a FaceTime call. Petito, she said, was in a hotel and appeared to be “normal with the boys.”
Laundrie returned to Utah on August 23 to join Petito, Bertolino said.
Cassie Laundrie says she wishes her brother came to see her first when she returns to Florida
In the ABC interview aired Tuesday, Cassie Laundrie said she wanted her brother to come see her first when she returned to Florida on September 1.
“I really wish he would come see me first that day with the van, because I don’t think we would be here,” she told ABC.
She told ABC that her brother has already taken trips of up to five days on the Appalachian Trail.
“I would say Brian is a poor survivalist. It wouldn’t surprise me if he could stay there very long. But also, I don’t think anything would surprise me at this point,” she said. told ABC. “If the FBI found him in Timbuktu, I’d be like, ‘Alright, that’s where he was.’ I have nothing.”
“I hope my brother is alive, because I want answers as much as everyone else,” she told ABC.
CNN’s Amanda Watts, Leyla Santiago, Sara Weisfeldt and Kristina Sgueglia contributed to this report.