Gabby Petito & Brian Laundrie nearly canceled doomed road trip for beach wedding that was postponed due to Covid
GABBY Petito and Brian Laundrie were forced to postpone a dream beach wedding in Florida due to Covid while they were planning their cross-country road trip.
The vlogger, 22, revealed she was engaged to Laundrie last July in a touching Instagram snap of the couple.
Gabby's stepfather Jim Schmidt revealed the couple had planned a small ceremony but were forced to pause plans as the pandemic hit.
He told Fox News: “Covid happened so they put it (the wedding) on hold. They said they were going to live life.”
Mom Nichole Schmidt said the wedding wasn’t the main priority as the couple planned their cross-country adventures.
She revealed last month that the young couple had decided to call the wedding off and go back to dating.
Schmidt told DailyMail.com: “I think they kind of put that on hold just because they felt it was a little fast.
“They were excited at first, but then they were like, let’s just wait, we’re very young. So, they were really just boyfriend and girlfriend.”
Gabby and Laundrie met while studying in high school in New York but they broke up in 2016 after he graduated.
They rekindled their romance a year later when she finished school and she moved in with Laundrie's family in Florida.
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Gabby announced her engagement last year as she uploaded a picture of the pair wearing matching blue hoodies while eating sushi on the beach.
The caption underneath the post stated: "Laundrie asked me to marry him and I said yes! You make life feel unreal and everyday is such a dream with you."
The pair posted loved-up snaps as they posed in front of landscapes as they toured Kansas, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming on their cross-country road trip.
Gabby was reported missing on September 11 before cops and FBI detectives found her remains in a Wyoming national park just a week later.
Laundrie was reported missing on September 17 and remains at large as cops try to locate his whereabouts.
Gabby’s family thinks Laundrie is alive and is living in a “campground”.
Nichole said: “We believe he knows everything.”
Jim added that the family won’t know what happened unless the fugitive is found.
'WE WON'T KNOW'
He said: “He’s our missing piece to the puzzle to find out what happened. What happened out there? Until they find him we don’t know.”
The vlogger's stepdad urged Laundrie to “do the right thing” for himself, Gabby, and both families.
It comes just days after Gabby’s dad Joe Petito called for Laundrie to be imprisoned for the rest of his life.
He told Dr. Phil: “I want to look him in the eyes. I want to see him in a jail cell.”
He also claimed that Laundrie is too “cowardly to kill himself”.
Joe said: “He is a coward. I would use some other words but I can't use them on this show."
He slammed Laundrie’s parents after they took three days to alert police to the fact their son was missing.
Laundrie allegedly told his parents Chris and Roberta that he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve and cops have scoured the park for weeks.
The Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino said Chris had joined cops in their search efforts Thursday amid reports that investigators discovered a fresh campsite at the national park.
He was asked to identify his son’s favorite trails and hiking spots.
Investigators appeared to refute reports that a campsite had been found in the reserve.
Josh Taylor, a spokesperson for the North Port Police Department, told CNN: “No campsite was found out there.”
Meanwhile, reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter has been searching the Fort de Soto campground – 75 miles away from the Laundrie family home in North Port.
He said the search to find Laundrie is becoming "more dangerous", adding that he's handed over evidence for DNA testing.
It’s reported that the Laundrie family stayed at the campsite on September 6 – days after he returned to the state.
Dog's daughter Lyssa Chapman teased her social media followers as she tweeted that "big news" regarding the hunt for Laundrie could be announced on Friday.
She tweeted: "I’m hoping tomorrow I’ll be able to share some BIG news with you guys. Having to stay tight-lipped for now… trust the process.”
She ended the post with a crossed fingers emoji.
FBI agents identified Laundrie as a person of interest as they investigated the circumstances behind Gabby’s disappearance. He was not named a suspect.
Cops issued an arrest warrant, accusing the fugitive of swiping a Capital One debit card.
There have been a number of alleged sightings since Laundrie was reported missing, including in parts of Florida, Mexico, and Canada. Most potential leads have led to dead ends.
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