The father of 22 ans Gabby Petito replied on "America 's Newsroom " on Wednesday to a statement issued through a family lawyer by the fiance of her missing daughter, Brian Laundrie.
"This was not a statement. I am sorry. This is not a statement, "Joe Petito told host Bill Hemmer.
" Forget Brian, Brian 's home safe. His parents, yeah, it's hard for them. Bulls ** t. You know what ? My daughter is not here. Our daughter isn 't here. We don't even know what condition it is in.
"You know we're shooting from the hip here and trying to do what we do.s can. I care about the statement. I care about finding Gabby. "
GABBY PETITO'S FIANCE NAMED PERSON OF INTEREST BY THE POLICE
Laundrie was then named person of interest in Wednesday's disappearance.
On Tuesday, Laundrie 's lawyer Steven Bertolino said that the fiance's family hoped that Petito would be found a da reunited with his parents.
"On behalf of the family Laundrie, we hope that the search for Miss Petito will be successful and that Miss Petito will be reunited with her family, "said Bertolino. " On the advice of the lawyer, the Laundrie family remain in the background at this point and will not have any further comments. "
MISSING GABBY PETITO: UTAH POLICE HAS BEEN CALLED FOR AN INCIDENT IMPLEMENTING A CROSS-COUNTRY VANNING COUPLE
Petito a was last seen in late August at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming , according to police, and she was reported missing this weekend after her parents failed heard from her for a week.
She was reported missing on September 11 after she stopped communicating regularly with friends and family. Her mother spoke to her on the phone on August 25 and received texts from her a few days later, but could not confirm if the texts were really coming from Gabby.
Petito also insisted on the need to circulate the photos of his daughter in the hope of locating her.
"This is not me to watch, " said Petito. "You must rlook at Gabby. Memorize his face. "
HANTIC SONGS BY MISSING WOMAN ON SPOTIFY ACCOUNT MAY PROVIDE ANSWERS
Fox News reported on Tuesday that 'about a month before Petito went missing, Utah Police responded to an incident involving her and her fiance, although neither was the reporting party and no criminal charges was eventually filed.
The incident took place about two weeks before Petitobe seen for the last time.
Officials still have not determined whether a crime has taken place, but are trying to contact Laundrie to discuss the disappearance.
Laundrie's family hired a lawyer after returning to Florida in the van the couple used, but without Gabby.
Police seized the van on Monday as part of their investigation, which involves law enforcement from several states and the FBI, the latter of which began a forensic examination of the vehicle on Tuesday. North Port Police told Fox News.
THE MISSING GABBY PETITO FAMILY CALLS THE FIANCE, ASKS THE LAUNDRY TO REVEAL WHERE HE LAST SEEN HER
Gabby's stepfather Jim Schmidt arrived in Jackson, Wyoming on Tuesday to help law enforcement with anything they might need in the area.look for. to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
Gabby is originally from New York but lives in Florida, so she has family and friends in both places according to Schmidt.
"We think we've covered both of those areas, but we didn't have anyone here," Schmidt said. "We all agreed that we needed someone here to try to help us in any way possible to locate her.
Despite conflicting reports, Petito confirmed that his daughter was engaged to Laundrie but getting married was not their primary focus. The couple would have been focused on the fun of their youth, according to Petito.
"There was still no red flags that would have indicated that we would be here today, "said Petito.
Anyone with information regarding the disappearance is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.