Brian Laundrie ‘s family won’t aid with FBI search, says Gabby Petito’s attorney.
On Tuesday, a lawyer for Gabby Petito’s family voiced doubt that Brian Laundrie’s parents would assist the FBI in their continued hunt.
“We were unable to locate Gabby with the assistance of the Laundries. They’re not going to assist us in locating Brian, for sure “Richard Stafford, a family lawyer, made the announcement. If you have any information about Brian’s whereabouts, please contact police enforcement immediately.
Stafford said the FBI had requested him and Petito’s parents and stepparents not to talk about their relationship at a press appearance. According to him, they had complete faith in the FBI to carry out a comprehensive investigation of the matter and bring justice to Petito.
The Gabby Petito Foundation, which Petito’s parents and stepparents say will help keep her legacy alive and assist families in similar situations, was also announced by the Petito family. They also disclosed that they received identical tattoos of the words “Let it be” in a script that their daughter made on Monday night while reading it to their daughter.
‘I wanted her to be with me all the time,’ Nicole Schmidt, her mother, explained.
In Gabby’s honor, her parents and stepparents held a press conference on Tuesday, September 28. They displayed matching tattoos in Gabby’s honor.
After two weeks since he was last seen, Laundrie’s parents have declared they have no idea where he is. His lawyer said in a statement Monday night that they have confirmed that.
“They don’t know where he is, Chris and Roberta Laundrie don’t either. Concerned, they look to the FBI to help identify Brian “Steven Bertolino, an attorney, made the statement. Public and media conjecture that Brian’s parents helped him flee the house or avoid arrest on a warrant issued after Brian had been absent for several days is just incorrect.
According to authorities, the Laundries spent the weekend of September 6-8 at a campground about 75 miles from their house.
On those days, Roberta Laundrie, Brian’s mother, was checked into a waterfront campsite at the Fort De Soto Campground,
according to information provided to CNN by Pinellas County Parks.
An attorney for the Laundrie family told CNN that Brian and his family had been at the campground on the 6th and 7th, and that they all departed together.
As far as they know, there haven’t been any confirmed sightings of Brian, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
The enigma grows more complex.
Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, drove across the United States in a white van this summer,
documenting their travels on social media platforms.
Laundrie returned to his parents’ house in North Port, Florida, on September 1 with the van,
but without his fiancée, according to authorities. Those posts abruptly halted in late August. On September 11, Petito’s family reported her missing when they were unable to contact her.
Last Monday, the remains of Petito were discovered in a camping area in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest, not far from where she and her partner were last seen. A coroner declared her death a homicide.
When Laundrie’s parents were questioned by police on September 17 about his disappearance, they said he had left home with his backpack three days earlier and had claimed to be going to the Carlton Reserve, a large swampland covering over 25,000 acres in southwest Florida, according to officials. According to a family friend, Laundrie didn’t have his phone or wallet when he left his parent’s house, and his parents were worried he could harm himself.
The Carlton Reserve was searched by local police for more than ten days without success.
According to North Port Police, the FBI has taken over the investigation and is conducting a more focused search based on available intelligence. Agents have already visited the home of the suspect’s parents to collect personal belongings that would aid in DNA matching.
Laundrie has yet to be linked to Petito’s death in any way. The same federal warrant accuses him of using another person’s debit card and PIN number fraudulently on August 30 and September 1 in order to obtain money from them.
Because of the unresolved issues concerning Petito’s disappearance, digital investigators have been combing through the pair’s online trail in an attempt to solve the case, and there have been rumors that stress may have been rising between the couple. Due to Petito’s case, the attention has also been focused on the many other missing persons cases that exist all over the country, raising the question of why some cases receive so much attention while others do not.
Laundrie is still on the hunt.
A private road near the Carlton Reserve’s entrance is used by Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officers in their search for Brian Laundrie.
Authorities have been searching for Laundrie since he returned to his Florida home without Petito on September 1st.
Since Petito’s death, Laundrie has been wanted by the federal government on suspicion of using “unauthorized equipment,”
an allegation coming from his conduct following the police investigation into Petito’s murder. A federal indictment claims that between August 30 and September 1,
Laundrie used a debit card and PIN code for charges exceeding $1,000 on accounts that did not belong to him.
The warrant was not for Petito’s death, according to an attorney for Laundrie’s family,
who said in a statement that it was for events that occurred after Petito died.
To incentivize anyone to come forward with information concerning Laundrie’s whereabouts, two separate $30,000 incentives have been given.
As shown on CNN video, FBI investigators visited the Laundrie home again on Sunday. There were at least two agents at the house, and one of them was holding a bag.
Attorney Steven Bertolino for the Laundries said the FBI sought several personal things belonging to Brian Laundrie during the agency’s visit to the family’s house to help with DNA matching. Brian’s parents complied with the request, according to Bertolino.
A conflict is illuminated by dispatch audio.
A run-in with the authorities
in August showed serious problems in the couple’s relationship despite what they posted on social media.
911 caller in Moab, Utah reported domestic dispute and detailed white van with Florida license plate on August 12, the first reports of trouble between the two.
The caller reported, “We drove along and saw a gentleman smacking a girl.”
He continued by saying, “After that, we came to a halt. There was a frenzy on the pavement as they raced in all directions. After hitting her, he got in his car and sped away.”
Moab police were informed about “some sort of altercation” after receiving dispatch audio records from the Grand County Sheriff’s office, according to CNN.
After “a male hit a girl,” according to the dispatcher, they climbed into a white Ford Transit van.
An unidentified second witness told police that Petito seemed to strike Laundrie in the arm before climbing through the driver’s side door as if he had locked her out, according to a police report from Moab, Utah.
Near the Arches National Park entrance, police discovered the white vehicle and started a traffic check. The van was occupied by Petito and Laundrie.
The police report says Petito smacked Laundrie, who then “grabbed her face and shoved her back
as she squeezed against him and the van,” according to Officer Eric Pratt
Petito “went into a manic condition” when Laundrie sought to disengage from her,
according to Daniel Robbins, another officer who responded. “Minor visible scratches” were noted on Laundrie’s face, according to the officer.
Petito tells police on camera that he and his girlfriend had a quarrel that morning because they were dealing with “personal matters.”
No charges were filed when officers advised the pair to separate that night, according to the police.
On August 12, Moab Police Assistant Chief Braydon Palmer informed CNN that
“We are going out to an outside agency to do that inquiry” in regards to the handling of the conflict. Palmer omitted to mention the name of the company.