Gabby Petito’s mom reveals she knew her daughter was dead after the FBI found remains due to her “mother’s intuition.”
The late 22-year-old’s father Joe Petito sat down with Dr. Phil and was joined by his current wife Tara along with his ex-wife/Gabby’s mother Nichole and her husband Jim.
During the interview, which airs later today, Joe said the four of them have always been a team and worked together to try and find Gabby. The FBI called Joe first to try and confirm the remains found at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming were indeed Gabby.
Jim flew to Wyoming because he believed his stepdaughter was going to be found at that location. “Just going off the information we had. We felt someone had to be there. I said right away I would go. We felt we needed to put our family out there,” he said.
He described being out there when he got the call from the FBI while at a hotel. He said they told him they had the information they wanted to share. The agents told him they found what they believed to be Gabby’s body. They described a piece of clothing found near the body. Jim said as they described the item, he knew immediately it was her sweater.
He said, “They described a piece of clothing to me that matched one of her favorite sweatshirts that we knew was hers.” He then had to call Nichole along with Joe to inform them of the news. He said they were all crying on the phone.
“We couldn’t believe it,” he said. Nichole recalled not being able to process the information but says she already knew Gabby was dead. She said her mother’s intuition told her the remains were Gabby and her daughter was no longer with them. Nichole said she didn’t need to wait for the autopsy results to know. The full interview is set to air later today.
As Radar previously reported, the manhunt for Gabby’s fiancé Brian Laundrie continues to heat up as the FBI is searching for him in multiple states. Dog The Bounty Hunter is also searching out near Fort De Soto Park in Florida, where he believes Brian was last seen.