GABBY Petito's mom has revealed that she erupted in anger when cops informed her that Brian Laundrie had driven back to Florida without her daughter.
Speaking to Fox News, Nichole Schmidt said she yelled at one detective, "Where's my daughter?" and knew that Gabby "was not here anymore."
Schmidt undertook the interview with Gabby's stepfather Jim Schmidt, father Joseph Petito, and stepmother Tara Petito on Thursday.
Petito's case has gripped the nation over recent weeks, after her body was found in a Wyoming campsite last night.
The 22-year-old was in the middle of a four-month-long road trip with her fiancee Brian Laundrie, 23, when Laundrie returned to his parents' Florida home alone on September 1.
FAMILY SPEAK OUT
According to reports, Laundrie was driving the couple's white Ford Transit van, which had appeared travel blogger Gabby's social media posts.
Nicole Schmidt added: "The night I knew the van was in Florida, I instinctively knew that my daughter was not here anymore."
Laundrie was reported missing by his parents on September 17, two days before Gabby's body was discovered.
According to the Laundries, Brian was last seen heading off for a hike near their Florida home on September 13.
Authorities have been searching the roughly 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Florida in the hunt for Brian.
Read our Brian Laundrie live blog for the very latest news and updates…
Laundrie is currently not a suspect in Gabby's death – though authorities have declared him a person of interest.
Schmidt said the wait for answers has only prolonged her family's suffering.
Addressing Brian directly, she added: "I’m feeling upset, you know. Turn yourself in. It’s just getting more and more frustrating as days go on. I don’t know what’s taking so long.”
SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS
Gabby's stepfather Jim Schmidt said: “He’s our missing piece to the puzzle to find out what happened.”
“What happened out there? Until they find him, we won’t know.”
On Thursday, Laundrie's father, Chris, joined the search for his son.
The following night, two women claiming to be neighbors of the Laundries hammered a sign to remember Gabby Petito into their front lawn.
The sign featured a photo of a smiling Gabby and included the caption, "Remember me? Gabby Petito. Roberta and Chris I once lived with you!”
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