Timeline Of Road Trip With Fiancé Brian Laundrie, Notable Dates And Events – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The search for Gabby Petito has apparently come to a tragic end. The FBI said they believe Petito’s body was found Sunday in Grand Teton National Park.

The 22-year-old Blue Point, N.Y. native went missing after going on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. He mysteriously returned to the home they shared in Florida in the van they were traveling in, but without Petito. Police have wanted to question Laundrie about Petito’s disappearance, but he declined – and then apparently disappeared himself.

READ MORE: Brian Laundrie Died Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound, Family Attorney Says

Here are notable dates in the search for Petito:

LATE JUNE: According to North Port, Florida Police, Petito and Laundrie depart on a cross-country trip, planning to reach the West Coast, traveling in her White Ford Transit van. The two were documenting their trip on YouTube and social media. Throughout the trip, Petito maintained regular contact with her family, according to authorities.

WATCH: Police In Florida Provide Update On Missing Woman Gabby Petito

JULY:  According to her family and as documented in her Instagram account, Petito and Laundrie visit numerous national parks and locations, including:

  • July 10, Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • July 16, Zion National Park
  • July 20, Cedar Breaks
  • July 21, Bryce Canyon National Park
  • July 26, Mystic Hot Springs
  • July 28, Canyonlands National Park, Arch Mesa

AUGUST: The two continue their trip, with stops at Arches National Park.

August 12th is the same day Petito and Laundrie had an encounter with police in Moab, Utah.

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Watch: Full Video Of Police Encounter Between Gabby Petito, Brian Laundrie and Moab, Utah Police 

A witness reported a physical altercation between the couple. Police stopped their van for a wellness check. The two told police they pushed and shoved one another outside a grocery store.

Petito scratched Laundrie, but told police they were in love and didn’t want to press charges. According to the police report, Laundrie told officers that traveling for the last four or five months created an “emotional strain between them.”

Police concluded it was not a “domestic assault,” but a “mental health crisis.”

SEPTEMBER:

  • Sept. 1: According to North Port, Florida police, Brian Laundrie returns to Florida in the van they shared without Gabby Petito.
  • Sept. 6-7: Brian Laundrie and his parents go camping. The family attorney says the campground was about a 75 miles north of their home, and they stayed overnight. The attorney says all three then left the park.
  • Sept. 11: Gabby Petito is reported missing by her family in Blue Point, N.Y. That same day, police in North Port, Florida locate the van they were traveling in.
  • Sept. 14: Gabby Petito’s parents continue their pleas for information on her whereabouts, and say Laundrie is not speaking with authorities. Police in Florida say Laundrie’s silence is hindering the investigation.

Many people are wondering why Mr. Laundrie would not make a statement or speak with law enforcement in the face of Ms. Petito’s absence. In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this and the warning that ‘any statement made will be used against you’ is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms. Petito’s disappearance. As such, on the advice of counsel Mr. Laundrie is not speaking on this matter.

I have been informed that the North Port, Florida police have named Brian Laundrie as a ‘person of interest’ in this matter. This formality has not really changed the circumstances of Mr. Laundrie being the focus and attention of law enforcement and Mr. Laundrie will continue to remain silent on the advice of counsel.

  • Sept. 16: Full body camera video of the encounter between Moab, Utah police, Petito, and Laundrie is obtained.
  • Sept. 17: North Port, Florida Police speak to Laundrie’s family at their request but do not speak to Brian. Later in the evening, Laundrie’s attorney releases a statement saying Laundrie’s current whereabouts are unknown and the FBI is looking for both Petito and Laundrie.
  • Sept. 18: Authorities search the 24,500-acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County for Laundrie after a tip from his family. The search is called off in the evening due to darkness. At the same time, multiple agencies search for Petito in the Wyoming wilderness.

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Brian Laundrie was ‘grieving’ when he vanished, days before Gabby Petito found dead: lawyer


More than a month before authorities found the decomposed remains of Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie in a swamp near his home, he allegedly slipped away from his parents’ house under the guise of a hike.

That was on Sept. 13, two days after Laundrie’s fiancée, Gabby Petito, was reported missing. His attorney, Steve Bertolino, told Fox News Digital Thursday that he immediately informed the FBI that his client had failed to come home.

However, local police in North Port, Florida, said they thought Laundrie was still inside the house until they knocked on the front door on Sept. 17.

BRIAN LAUNDRIE SEARCH: NO DISCREPANCY BETWEEN FBI AND PARENTS ON MISSING TIMELINE, SAYS FAMILY LAWYER

Brian Laundrie as seen in bodycam footage released by the Moab Police Department in Utah.

Brian Laundrie as seen in bodycam footage released by the Moab Police Department in Utah.
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Bertolino said that after he told the FBI that Laundrie failed to return from the park, he had no further contact with the FBI until they told him Friday about a tip that Laundrie had been seen in Tampa.

But from Tuesday evening to Thursday, neither Laundrie’s parents nor his attorney followed up with the FBI or local authorities about their missing son’s whereabouts.

“There was never any communication between myself and law enforcement in the next three days,” Bertolino told Fox News Digital. “They never asked me, and I never informed them that Brian didn’t come home.”

They also waited until the Friday meeting regarding the Tampa tip to file a missing person report.

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“North Port PD was under the assumption that Brian was home, and so was the FBI when they got a tip on Friday that Brian was in Tampa, and they wanted to meet with us on Friday,” Bertolino said. “I was shocked and said, ‘That’s good. You found him in Tampa,’ and they said, ‘What do you mean? I thought he’s at the house.’ I said, ‘No, I told you the other day he never came home.'”

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North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison had said in the middle of that week that he knew exactly where Brian Laundrie was – but he was wrong. 

Speaking to reporters during a news conference on Sept. 16, Garrison was asked if he knew where Laundrie was at that moment.

“Yes,” he replied.

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The family made no effort to correct him and showed no public urgency about their son’s whereabouts or well-being — even though Bertolino later told ABC News that Brian’s father, Chris Laundrie, believed his son was “grieving” and upset when he left for the Sept. 13 hike. The public didn’t know Petito was dead until authorities said they found her remains on Sept. 19.

On Friday, he stepped away from that, saying he used the “wrong term,” and “could have used a better choice of words.” 

“I still stand by that Brian was upset, he was distressed. … He was out of sorts,” Bertolino told Fox News Digital at his New York office. “At the time, Chris said, you know, ‘I couldn’t stop him. He was going.’ Brian was determined to go for a hike, and that seems to be something that we wish he didn’t do.” 

He would not explain why Brian Laundrie was so upset that day, citing confidentiality concerns. 

Chris and Roberta Laundrie lead investigators to personal items belonging to their son in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Police separately found human remains that the FBI later concluded belonged to their fugitive son, Brian Laundrie.

Chris and Roberta Laundrie lead investigators to personal items belonging to their son in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Police separately found human remains that the FBI later concluded belonged to their fugitive son, Brian Laundrie.
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Laundrie and Petito set off on a cross-country road trip earlier this year in a white Ford Transit van, which they lived out of as they camped at public parks along the way.

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An FBI-led search found Petito’s remains at a Bridger-Teton National Forest campsite on Sept. 18 north of Jackson, Wyoming. Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue later ruled her death a homicide by manual strangulation – meaning she’d been killed by hand.

A travel-blogging couple known as Red, White and Bethune spotted Petito’s van at the campsite on Aug. 27 – hours after what may have been the last time she was seen alive in public.

That day, Nina Celie Angelo and Matthew England were eating at Merry Piglets in Jackson when they saw Brian Laundrie arguing with restaurant staff, they told Fox News Digital last month.

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Laundrie exited and reentered about four times, and Petito apologized to the workers for his behavior, the couple said.

Two weeks before that, witnesses in Moab, Utah, told police they’d seen Brian Laundrie slapping and hitting Petito outside an organic grocery store. He also allegedly threatened to take her phone and drive off without her before police pulled the couple over north of town.

Despite a Utah law requiring arrests or citations to be made in all domestic violence cases, police deemed the matter a “mental health break” and told the couple to spend the night apart. Moab officials later announced an investigation into the officers’ handling of the matter.



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Timeline Of Road Trip With Fiancé Brian Laundrie, Notable Dates And Events – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The search for Gabby Petito has apparently come to a tragic end. The FBI said they believe Petito’s body was found Sunday in Grand Teton National Park.

The 22-year-old Blue Point, N.Y. native went missing after going on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. He mysteriously returned to the home they shared in Florida in the van they were traveling in, but without Petito. Police have wanted to question Laundrie about Petito’s disappearance, but he declined – and then apparently disappeared himself.

READ MORE: Suspected Human Remains Found In Florida Wildlife Preserve Where Authorities Are Searching For Brian Laundrie

Here are notable dates in the search for Petito:

LATE JUNE: According to North Port, Florida Police, Petito and Laundrie depart on a cross-country trip, planning to reach the West Coast, traveling in her White Ford Transit van. The two were documenting their trip on YouTube and social media. Throughout the trip, Petito maintained regular contact with her family, according to authorities.

WATCH: Police In Florida Provide Update On Missing Woman Gabby Petito

JULY:  According to her family and as documented in her Instagram account, Petito and Laundrie visit numerous national parks and locations, including:

  • July 10, Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • July 16, Zion National Park
  • July 20, Cedar Breaks
  • July 21, Bryce Canyon National Park
  • July 26, Mystic Hot Springs
  • July 28, Canyonlands National Park, Arch Mesa

AUGUST: The two continue their trip, with stops at Arches National Park.

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August 12th is the same day Petito and Laundrie had an encounter with police in Moab, Utah.

Watch: Full Video Of Police Encounter Between Gabby Petito, Brian Laundrie and Moab, Utah Police 

A witness reported a physical altercation between the couple. Police stopped their van for a wellness check. The two told police they pushed and shoved one another outside a grocery store.

Petito scratched Laundrie, but told police they were in love and didn’t want to press charges. According to the police report, Laundrie told officers that traveling for the last four or five months created an “emotional strain between them.”

Police concluded it was not a “domestic assault,” but a “mental health crisis.”

SEPTEMBER:

  • Sept. 1: According to North Port, Florida police, Brian Laundrie returns to Florida in the van they shared without Gabby Petito.
  • Sept. 6-7: Brian Laundrie and his parents go camping. The family attorney says the campground was about a 75 miles north of their home, and they stayed overnight. The attorney says all three then left the park.
  • Sept. 11: Gabby Petito is reported missing by her family in Blue Point, N.Y. That same day, police in North Port, Florida locate the van they were traveling in.
  • Sept. 14: Gabby Petito’s parents continue their pleas for information on her whereabouts, and say Laundrie is not speaking with authorities. Police in Florida say Laundrie’s silence is hindering the investigation.

Many people are wondering why Mr. Laundrie would not make a statement or speak with law enforcement in the face of Ms. Petito’s absence. In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this and the warning that ‘any statement made will be used against you’ is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms. Petito’s disappearance. As such, on the advice of counsel Mr. Laundrie is not speaking on this matter.

I have been informed that the North Port, Florida police have named Brian Laundrie as a ‘person of interest’ in this matter. This formality has not really changed the circumstances of Mr. Laundrie being the focus and attention of law enforcement and Mr. Laundrie will continue to remain silent on the advice of counsel.

  • Sept. 16: Full body camera video of the encounter between Moab, Utah police, Petito, and Laundrie is obtained.
  • Sept. 17: North Port, Florida Police speak to Laundrie’s family at their request but do not speak to Brian. Later in the evening, Laundrie’s attorney releases a statement saying Laundrie’s current whereabouts are unknown and the FBI is looking for both Petito and Laundrie.
  • Sept. 18: Authorities search the 24,500-acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County for Laundrie after a tip from his family. The search is called off in the evening due to darkness. At the same time, multiple agencies search for Petito in the Wyoming wilderness.

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Timeline Of Road Trip With Fiancé Brian Laundrie, Notable Dates And Events – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The search for Gabby Petito has apparently come to a tragic end. The FBI said they believe Petito’s body was found Sunday in Grand Teton National Park.

The 22-year-old Blue Point, N.Y. native went missing after going on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. He mysteriously returned to the home they shared in Florida in the van they were traveling in, but without Petito. Police have wanted to question Laundrie about Petito’s disappearance, but he declined – and then apparently disappeared himself.

READ MORE: Gabby Petito Died By Strangulation, Wyoming Coroner Finds

Here are notable dates in the search for Petito:

LATE JUNE: According to North Port, Florida Police, Petito and Laundrie depart on a cross-country trip, planning to reach the West Coast, traveling in her White Ford Transit van. The two were documenting their trip on YouTube and social media. Throughout the trip, Petito maintained regular contact with her family, according to authorities.

WATCH: Police In Florida Provide Update On Missing Woman Gabby Petito

JULY:  According to her family and as documented in her Instagram account, Petito and Laundrie visit numerous national parks and locations, including:

  • July 10, Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • July 16, Zion National Park
  • July 20, Cedar Breaks
  • July 21, Bryce Canyon National Park
  • July 26, Mystic Hot Springs
  • July 28, Canyonlands National Park, Arch Mesa

AUGUST: The two continue their trip, with stops at Arches National Park.

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August 12th is the same day Petito and Laundrie had an encounter with police in Moab, Utah.

Watch: Full Video Of Police Encounter Between Gabby Petito, Brian Laundrie and Moab, Utah Police 

A witness reported a physical altercation between the couple. Police stopped their van for a wellness check. The two told police they pushed and shoved one another outside a grocery store.

Petito scratched Laundrie, but told police they were in love and didn’t want to press charges. According to the police report, Laundrie told officers that traveling for the last four or five months created an “emotional strain between them.”

Police concluded it was not a “domestic assault,” but a “mental health crisis.”

SEPTEMBER:

  • Sept. 1: According to North Port, Florida police, Brian Laundrie returns to Florida in the van they shared without Gabby Petito.
  • Sept. 6-7: Brian Laundrie and his parents go camping. The family attorney says the campground was about a 75 miles north of their home, and they stayed overnight. The attorney says all three then left the park.
  • Sept. 11: Gabby Petito is reported missing by her family in Blue Point, N.Y. That same day, police in North Port, Florida locate the van they were traveling in.
  • Sept. 14: Gabby Petito’s parents continue their pleas for information on her whereabouts, and say Laundrie is not speaking with authorities. Police in Florida say Laundrie’s silence is hindering the investigation.

Many people are wondering why Mr. Laundrie would not make a statement or speak with law enforcement in the face of Ms. Petito’s absence. In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this and the warning that ‘any statement made will be used against you’ is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms. Petito’s disappearance. As such, on the advice of counsel Mr. Laundrie is not speaking on this matter.

I have been informed that the North Port, Florida police have named Brian Laundrie as a ‘person of interest’ in this matter. This formality has not really changed the circumstances of Mr. Laundrie being the focus and attention of law enforcement and Mr. Laundrie will continue to remain silent on the advice of counsel.

  • Sept. 16: Full body camera video of the encounter between Moab, Utah police, Petito, and Laundrie is obtained.
  • Sept. 17: North Port, Florida Police speak to Laundrie’s family at their request but do not speak to Brian. Later in the evening, Laundrie’s attorney releases a statement saying Laundrie’s current whereabouts are unknown and the FBI is looking for both Petito and Laundrie.
  • Sept. 18: Authorities search the 24,500-acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County for Laundrie after a tip from his family. The search is called off in the evening due to darkness. At the same time, multiple agencies search for Petito in the Wyoming wilderness.

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Brian Laundrie search update – Parents agree to help with manhunt as sleuths speculate he may be in their garden


BRIAN LAUNDRIE’S PARENTS LIKELY ‘INVESTED IN BELIEVING’

Brian Laundrie’s parents are likely going to be “invested in believing” their son even if he’s found guilty of the “worst of crimes,” according to a forensic psychiatrist.

A doctor weighed on the loyalty that Christopher Laundrie, 62, and mother Roberta Laundrie, 55, would have for their son after scrutiny has mounted since their 23-year-old son vanished on September 13 and what they may know about Gabby Petito’s homicide. 

The parents had initially told authorities that they last saw Brian on September 14. 

“He may be guilty of the worst of crimes or the most depraved of crimes committed on Gabby, but at the same time, if he’s been in touch with his family, and he’s communicated to them an account, they’re going to be invested in believing him,” Dr. Michael Welner said during an interview on News Nation.

“And we have to expect that and we have to respect that because that’s a human nature that comes before any decision to cooperate with law enforcement.”





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Brian Laundrie update – Sister Cassie reveals he DID fly home to Florida after police-involved fight with Gabby Petito


SLEUTHS QUESTION BRIAN ‘STORAGE LOCKER’

Online sleuths want to know what was inside Brian Laundrie’s “storage locker” that he allegedly flew home to clean out while he was on a cross-country road trip with his fiancée Gabby Petito.

On Tuesday, the Laundrie family attorney confirmed that Brian flew back to Florida and his locker was emptied.

He added that the couple emptied the locker as they were looking to possibly “extend their trip.”

“Brian flew home to Tampa from Salt Lake City on August 17 and returned to Salt Lake City on August 23 to rejoin Gabby,” Steve Bertolino said in a statement. “Brian flew home to obtain some items and empty and close the storage unit to save money as they contemplated extending the road trip.”

Following the statement, one online detective tweeted: “So, what was in the locker?”

Another Reddit detective commented: “Dying to know what the hell was so important in that storage locker.”





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Brian Laundrie Still Not Found As Dog The Bounty Hunter Chases Down ‘new Tip’


BRIAN Laundrie will be caught, a former US marshall has claimed, as Dog the Bounty Hunter continues his search for Gabby Petito’s fiance.

The TV star, real name Duane Chapman, has added $10,000 to the reward being offered in the search for Brian, North Carolina police have been receiving information of sightings of Gabby’s fiance near the Appalachian Trail.

The Appalachian Trail is one of the most famous hiking spots in the US.

Officials from the Watauga County and Avery County sheriff’s offices told WSOC-TV on Wednesday they have received several tips of alleged Brian sightings over this week.

Lenny DePaul, a former 30-year veteran of the US Marshal Service, believes Laundrie will eventually “trip up.”

“He can be on a boat sitting off the coast of Cuba. It doesn’t matter. He’s gonna mess up. He’s going to make the mistake,” he told the New York Post.

Read our Brian Laundrie live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • MAKESHIFT CAMP

    Dog – real name Duane Chapman – told Fox News his team had received “tips from here to Tennessee and beyond” in the hunt for Gabby Petito‘s missing fiancé.

    He added: “On Friday we found a makeshift, very primitive camp that had some promising things around it. So we gave gathered up all those things.

    “We turned them over yesterday to the FBI.

    “We are now talking to the FBI and working with local law enforcement.”

  • NO SIGNS OF SEARCH

    There are no signs of a search occurring today at the Carlton Reserve as Brian remains missing.

  • WATAUGA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MONITORING SOCIAL MEDIA

    In North Carolina, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office threat assessment/social media detective is monitoring posts online about possible Brian Laundrie sightings, according to WSOC-TV.

    The outlet notes that “there have been a lot of them on Facebook.”

  • TIKTOKER CLAIMS SHE PICKED UP LAUNDRIE HITCHHIKING

    TikToker Miranda Baker believes she picked Laundrie up on August 29, four days after the last time Petito was known to have called her family.

    Laundrie is believed to have told Baker he had been camping alone while Petito worked on their social media page in their van.

    According to Baker, Laundrie got out of her car when she said she was heading to Jackson Hole.

  • DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER’S BOUNTY ON BRIAN LAUNDRIE

    Dog the Bounty Hunter has added $10,000 to the reward being offered in the search for Brian Laundrie.

    He announced on Friday that he and his family would donate the money in hopes of receiving information that leads to Brian’s eventual capture.

    The reward was previously set at $170,000.

    A rep for the Bounty Hunter told TMZ of the money being added to the reward amount.

  • LAUNDRIE ON APPALACHIAN TRAIL?

    In an interview with Fox News, Dog the Bounty Hunter addressed the possibility that Brian might be somewhere on the Appalachian Trail.

    “He spent a couple months there in the past, and he is an outdoorsman,” said Dog.

  • ‘I THINK HE’S BEEN HERE FOR SURE’

    “What we’re hearing is two people left on the eighth,” Dog said at the alleged campsite, but “three people came in on the sixth.”

    Dog said that his team will continue to investigate leads in the Fort De Soto Park area, adding, “I think he’s been here for sure.”

  • WHAT DOES DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER CLAIM?

    As the search for Brian Laundrie continues, Dog the Bounty Hunter is investigating an alleged camping trip the missing fiancé of Gabby Petito took with his parents in early September, the reality star said in an appearance on Fox News.

    In a video interview conducted near Fort De Soto Park, the television bounty hunter explained that local leads had indicated Brian and his parents were in the area in early September.

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Brian Laundrie sought directions to California ‘to see his girlfriend Gabby Petito’ – bounty hunter investigates latest tip


A hiker claims to have seen Brian Laundrie, the boyfriend of 22-year-old travel blogger Gabby Petito, whose death was ruled a homicide by authorities in a case that has gripped America.

ennis Davis, an engineer from Florida, said he believed he had spoken with Mr Laundrie on a road near the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina – close to the border with Tennessee.

“There is no doubt in my mind I spoke to Brian Laundrie — none whatsoever,” he told the New York Post.

Mr Laundrie, whom police had sought in connection with her death during their cross-country road trip, was charged last week with fraudulently using her bank debit card.

The couple embarked on their trip in June in her van, posting videos along the way on social media.

A search warrant was issued for Mr Laundrie, 23, after a grand jury in Wyoming indicted him on a single count of unlawfully using the card and Ms Petito’s personal identification number. He was not charged in her death.

Duane Chapman, aka Dog the Bounty Hunter, is now working to confirm the tip from a hiker who claimed that he talked with Brian Laundrie near the border of Tennessee and North Carolina.

Chapman’s daughter Lyssa told the New York Post that she has been in contact with Dennis Davis, the hiker who alleged that he had “no doubt” that he encountered Mr Laundrie on the Appalachian Trail.

She said: “I do believe Dennis. I am convinced he’s convinced.”

She added: “We’re doing everything we can to verify Dennis’ tip but there isn’t much to go off other than the location.”

But “we’re working that tip for sure,” she confirmed on Sunday.

Dennis Davis said that Mr Laundrie told him that he was lost and was trying to get to California after getting in a fight with his girlfriend.

Mr Davis said: “He said me and my girlfriend had a fight, and man, I love her, and she called me, and I need to go out to California to see her.”

Mr Davis told him to take I-40 West, but, he claims that Mr Laundrie refused and said that he would rather stay on Waterville Road by the Pigeon River.

“He said, ‘No, I think this road that we’re on — I’m going to take it to California,’” Mr Davis added.

Meanwhile, former FBI agent Maureen O’Connell has said that she thinks that Brian Laundrie will be found alive.

“This whole case is filled with one wild goose chase after another,” Ms O’Connell told Fox News on Thursday.

“I have a feeling that [Mr Laundrie] is going to be found, and he is going to be found alive,” she added.

“All the information that’s been coming in for weeks now, as you layer it upon itself, you can start to see all these things coming to fruition.

“For example, now they’re starting to really piece together the activities of the parents,” she said.

“When you look at what was done, and what wasn’t done, when you look at the timing of that, you can find the point where they decided they were going to 100pc support their son and not support the Petito family or Gabby.”



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Brian Laundrie update: More serious charges against Gabby Petito’s boyfriend ‘extremely likely’ if found


Hiker claims he talked to Brian Laundrie

More serious criminal charges against Gabby Petito’s missing boyfriend Brian Laundrie are “extremely likely” if he’s found alive, the state attorney for Palm Beach County in Florida has claimed.

David Aronberg defended his office for not filing charges against Mr Laundrie, saying “prosecutors have a higher burden to prove cases beyond any reasonable doubt”.

Asked by News Nation Now why Mr Laundrie hadn’t been charged with a more serious crime at this point in the death of his 22-year-old travel blogger girlfriend, which has been ruled a homicide, Mr Aronberg added: “I think that’s coming.”

Hiker Dennis Davis, an engineer from Florida, said he believed he had spoken with Mr Laundrie on a road near the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina – close to the border with Tennessee.

“There is no doubt in my mind I spoke to Brian Laundrie — none whatsoever,” he told the New York Post.

Mr Laundrie, whom police had sought in connection with Ms Petito’s death during their cross-country road trip, was charged last week with fraudulently using her bank debit card.

The couple embarked on their trip in June in her van, posting videos along the way on social media.

A search warrant was issued for Mr Laundrie, 23, after a grand jury in Wyoming indicted him on a single count of unlawfully using the card and Ms Petito’s personal identification number. He was not charged in her death.

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Odds of finding Brian Laundrie ‘get slimmer every day’, says former FBI agent

A former FBI agent has said the odds of finding Gabby Petito’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie “get slimmer every day” and “time is of the essence”.

Bryanna Fox, a former FBI special agent and associate professor in the department of criminology at the University of South Florida, told CNN: “Time is that one thing that we are constantly fighting in law enforcement.

“The odds of finding it get slimmer every day, so time is obviously really of the essence.”

Ms Fox added that the tropical conditions in Florida, where search teams are hunting for Mr Laundrie at the Carlton Reserve after his parents reported he had headed there, “are among the harshest on forensic evidence”.

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Twitter temporarily restricts Gabby Petito Foundation page set up by family

A social media page belonging to a foundation created by Gabby Petito’s family was temporarily restricted by Twitter on Sunday, but restored a day later.

The Gabby Petito Foundation’s Twitter page was created on Sunday, as a tribute to the travel blogger who died in unknown circumstances during a cross country road trip with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter working to confirm tip about Brian Laundrie’s location

Dog the Bounty Hunter, the American television personality also known as Duane Lee Chapman, has been working to confirm a tip about a recent sighting near the Appalachian Trail of Brian Laundrie.

Lyssa Chapman, the daughter of Mr Chapman, revealed she has been in contact with a man called Dennis Davis who claims he spoke with Mr Laundrie on Saturday morning on an empty road near to the border of Tennessee and North Carolina.

My colleague Eleanor Sly has more on this story:

Chiara Giordano4 October 2021 09:44

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More serious charges against Brian Laundrie ‘extremely likely’ if found, says prosecutor

More serious criminal charges against Gabby Petito’s missing boyfriend Brian Laundrie are ‘extremely likely’ if he’s found alive, the state attorney for Palm Beach County in Florida has claimed.

David Aronberg defended his office for not filing charges against Mr Laundrie, saying “prosecutors have a higher burden to prove cases beyond any reasonable doubt”.

Asked by News Nation Now why he hadn’t been charged with a more serious crime at this point in the disappearance and death of the YouTuber, Mr Aronberg added: “I think that’s coming.”

Chiara Giordano4 October 2021 08:15

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Gabby Petito’s mother ‘getting angry’ as boyfriend remains missing

The mother of Gabby Petito has said she is “getting angry” as the 22-year-old’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie remains missing.

Taking to Twitter, Nichole Schmidt urged Mr Laundrie to turn himself in.

She wrote: “Mama bear is getting angry! Turn yourself in! @josephpetito agrees.”

Chiara Giordano4 October 2021 07:52

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State Attorney for Palm Beach County explains why charges against Brian Laundrie have not been filed

David Aronberg, the state attorney for Palm Beach County in Florida, has defended his office for not filing charges against Brian Laundrie by saying that “prosecutors have a higher burden to prove cases beyond any reasonable doubt.”

He also said that Mr Laundrie’s parents might have incriminated themselves in the court of public opinion, but that law enforcement has no evidence to file charges against them as well.

However, Mr Aronberg said that “more serious criminal charges” against Mr Laundrie are “extremely likely — if he’s found alive.”

Maroosha Muzaffar4 October 2021 06:59

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Brain Laundrie sought directions to California ‘to see his girlfriend’

Brian Laundrie sought directions to California, according to a hiker who has alleged that he has “no doubt” that he encountered Mr Laundrie on the Appalachian Trail.

Dennis Davis said that Mr Laundrie told him that he was lost and was trying to get to California after getting in a fight with his girlfriend.

Mr Davis said: “He said me and my girlfriend had a fight, and man, I love her, and she called me, and I need to go out to California to see her.”

Mr Davis told him to take I-40 West, but, he claims that Mr Laundrie refused and said that he would rather stay on Waterville Road by the Pigeon River.

“He said, ‘No, I think this road that we’re on — I’m going to take it to California,’” Mr Davis added.

Duane Chapman, aka Dog the Bounty Hunter, has said he is working to confirm this tip from Mr Davis.

Maroosha Muzaffar4 October 2021 06:37

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Former FBI agent: Laundrie will be found alive

Former FBI agent Maureen O’Connell has said that she thinks that Brian Laundrie will be found alive.

“This whole case is filled with one wild goose chase after another,” Ms O’Connell told Fox News on Thursday.

“I have a feeling that [Mr Laundrie] is going to be found, and he is going to be found alive,” she added. “All the information that’s been coming in for weeks now, as you layer it upon itself, you can start to see all these things coming to fruition.”

“For example, now they’re starting to really piece together the activities of the parents,” she said. “When you look at what was done, and what wasn’t done, when you look at the timing of that, you can find the point where they decided they were going to 100 per cent support their son and not support the Petito family or Gabby.”

Gustaf Kilander4 October 2021 05:45

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Dog the Bounty Hunter working to confirm hiker’s tip

Duane Chapman, aka Dog the Bounty Hunter, is working to confirm the tip from a hiker who claimed that he talked with Brian Laundrie near the border of Tennessee and North Carolina.

Chapman’s daughter Lyssa told the New York Post that she has been in contact with Dennis Davis, the hiker who alleged that he had “no doubt” that he encountered Mr Laundrie on the Appalachian Trail.

She said: “I do believe Dennis. I am convinced he’s convinced.”

She added: “We’re doing everything we can to verify Dennis’ tip but there isn’t much to go off other than the location.” But “we’re working that tip for sure,” she confirmed on Sunday.

Maroosha Muzaffar4 October 2021 05:39

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Petito’s stepdad posts a poignant photo of young Gabby

Gabby Petito’s stepfather, Jim Schmidt, has shared a photo of a young Gabby Petito with a caption that reads: “It still seems surreal. Miss you Gabs.”

The post has attracted thousands of likes and hundreds of retweets on Twitter.

Earlier, the 22-year-old Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, had also tweeted for the first time saying that “Mama bear is getting angry!” Without naming the missing boyfriend of Petito, Brian Laundrie, Ms Schmidt added: “Turn yourself in!”

In response to the tweet, Tabitha Sushko, a Florida-based portrait artist offered to draw a portrait of Petito as a gift to the family. She said that “I would love for your family to pick a photo, instead of me deciding that for you, which is why I have been trying to get in contact.”

Meanwhile, the hunt for Brian Laundrie is ongoing. A hiker has claimed to have seen him on a road near the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina – close to the border with Tennessee.

Maroosha Muzaffar4 October 2021 05:16



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