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.

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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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Disappearance of Gabby Petito: What We Know


Gabby Petito
Photo: Grand Teton National Park

Influencer Gabby Petito was reported missing on September 11 after an extended road trip through the desert with her boyfriend, who had since returned to the couple’s Florida home. On September 19, the FBI said it had found human remains consistent with the description of Petito, and now, a coroner has determined she died by strangulation.

So far, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie has refused to tell police where he last saw Gabby Petito, 22; indeed, he is reportedly refusing to tell them, or Petito’s family, anything at all. The FBI and Florida police are treating Laundrie’s home as a crime scene and executed a search warrant on the residence on Monday, September 20. The FBI also issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie, though authorities have been unable to locate him since September 17. His whereabouts are still unknown.

Officers in Moab, Utah, responded to a dispute between Petito and Laundrie in mid-August; Petito was “crying uncontrollably,” per the report, while Laundrie explained “that time spent created emotional strain between them and increased the number of arguments.” Petito’s parents say they hadn’t heard from their daughter since late August, and are pleading with Laundrie and the public to share any details they might have about their daughter’s death. Meanwhile, authorities ranging from the North Port police in Florida to the FBI have been investigating the case. Here’s everything we know so far.

Originally from Blue Point, New York, Petito lived with Laundrie — apparently her fiancé — and his parents in North Port, Florida. Beginning around 2019, the pair traveled the country together, with Petito documenting their trips on Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok. On July 2, they left from Long Island on a cross-country drive, posting from national parks and hot springs under the hashtag “van life.” Her most recent Instagram post went up on August 25.

On August 12, police in Moab, Utah, stopped Petito and Laundrie after a witness called 911 about a “domestic problem” the couple allegedly had outside the Moonflower Community Cooperative. The 911 caller said they saw Petito slap Laundrie across the face during a fight over a phone, and then climb through the van’s window as if Laundrie had locked her out. When police pulled them over, Petito was “crying uncontrollably,” per a police report. “At no point in my investigation did Gabrielle stop crying, breathing heavily, or compose a sentence without needing to wipe away tears, wipe her nose, or rub her knees with her hands.”

Laundrie told the officer that so much time together inside the van had created “emotional strain” that led them to fight more, while Petito reported “serious anxiety” made worse by “little arguments she and Brian had been having all day.” Laundrie, meanwhile, said Petito became “manic” from fear that he would strand her in the desert. During their argument, Petito scratched Laundrie’s face and arms, but per the report: “They are in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn’t wish to see anyone charged with a crime.” Laundrie said he felt safe and did not appear to have hurt Petito physically, the officer concluded; still, he brought Laundrie to a hotel and left Petito in the van to cool off for a night, encouraging them “to take advantage of this time apart to relax their emotions and regain control of their anxiety.”

Police labeled the incident a “mental/emotional break” rather than a domestic assault.

Over two weeks later, on September 1, Laundrie arrived back in Florida without Petito. On September 11, the day Petito’s parents reported her missing, North Port investigators found the couple’s van at Laundrie’s parents’ house. Because he is the last known person to have seen Petito — and is also her boyfriend — Laundrie is a person of interest in the case. But he’s not talking.

On September 15, North Port police — who are working with the FBI and police in Suffolk County, New York, on the case — said Laundrie had neither “made himself available to be interviewed by investigators” nor “provided any helpful details.”

“As a father, I can imagine the pain and suffering Gabby’s family is going through,” said North Port police chief Todd Garrison in the statement. “We are pleading with anyone, including Brian, to share information with us on her whereabouts in the past few weeks. The lack of information from Brian is hindering this investigation. The answers will eventually come out.”

Right now, police are reportedly routing all their questions through Laundrie’s attorney, Steven Bertolino. In a statement to CBS2 New York, Bertolino explained: “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.” Both he and his family, Bertolino added, “will continue to remain silent on the advice of counsel.”

Chief Garrison has appealed to Bertolino publicly, reminding him that “two people left on a road trip and one person returned.” Meanwhile, Petito’s family say they haven’t seen her since August 24 or 25, when she was hiking in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and video-chatted with her mom. Petito’s mother says they texted over the next few days, but Petito went dark after that. They also issued a statement, saying: “They are frantically searching for answers and information in their daughter’s disappearance while Brian sits in the comfort of his home.”

On Sunday, the FBI held a press conference sharing that they had found what they believe to be Petito’s remains, in Bridger-Teton National Forest. “On behalf of the FBI personnel and our partners, I would like to extend sincere and heartfelt condolences to Gabby’s family,” an FBI spokesperson said during the conference. A cause of death has not been confirmed. Laundrie, whom the police are calling a “person of interest,” is still missing. On Monday, police declared Laundrie’s home, where he lived with his parents and Petito, a “crime scene.” The FBI and other authorities searching the home have removed Laundrie’s parents.

Two days after the FBI identified Petito’s body, the Teton County coroner Dr. Brent Blue announced that a preliminary autopsy determined her death a homicide. The official cause of death is still pending.

Laundrie, whose whereabouts have been unknown since September 17, is being charged with using “unauthorized access devices.” Specifically, he appeared to use a Capital One debit card, which may have belonged to Petito, around August 30 and September 1. “It is my understanding that the arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie is related to activities occurring after the death of Gabby Petito and not related to her actual demise,” said Steven Bertolino, the Laundrie family attorney, per Insider. “The FBI is focusing on locating Brian and when that occurs the specifics of the charges covered under the indictment will be addressed in the proper forum.” The FBI still considers Laundrie a person of interest in Petito’s homicide.

On October 12, one month after Petito was reported missing, Teton County coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed her death to be a homicide and said she died by strangulation. He also said “that her body was outside in the wilderness for three to four weeks” before authorities discovered it.

The FBI is encouraging anyone with information on Petito’s disappearance or Laundrie’s whereabouts to call its tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

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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 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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Gabby Petito Missing: Police Ask for Tips in Search for Woman on Road Trip


Law-enforcement officials are searching for clues that could lead them to Florida resident

Gabby Petito,

who went missing during a road trip with her fiancé,

Brian Laundrie.

The couple left on a cross-country trip in June and planned to travel the West Coast and visit state and national parks, said

Todd Garrison,

police chief in North Port, Fla. They used Ms. Petito’s van and shared their travels on social media, he said. Police in Moab, Utah, interacted with the couple in mid-August after learning of an altercation.

Ms. Petito’s family said they were last in touch with the 22-year-old in late August, North Port police said. Mr. Laundrie came back to North Port, which is about an hour northwest of Fort Myers on Florida’s west coast, on Sept. 1, and is a person of interest in the case, according to police. 

Her family reported Ms. Petito missing on Sept. 11. It was believed she was in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming before she last talked to her family, police said. 

Tara and Joe Petito at a news conference for their missing daughter, Gabby Petito, on Sept. 16 in North Port, Fla.



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Officials are analyzing data from the van, which was recovered, and from phones, Mr. Garrison said at a press conference Thursday. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is working with the North Port police on the case, set up a national hotline for tips, and Mr. Garrison said law-enforcement partners in the field are following tips and leads. No search teams are on the ground right now, Mr. Garrison said, as authorities are still trying to narrow down the geographic areas. 

“Right now this is a missing-person case,” he said. “Our focus is to find Gabby. My focus isn’t to bring Brian in right now, it’s to find Gabby.”

North Port police named Mr. Laundrie as a person of interest earlier this week. They said he hadn’t provided any helpful details and hadn’t made himself available for an interview, which was hindering the investigation.

Mr. Laundrie’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, said Mr. Laundrie will continue to be silent based on counsel’s advice.

Todd Garrison, police chief in North Port, Fla., said officials are analyzing data from Gabby Petito’s van, which was recovered, and from phones.



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“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,” Mr. Bertolino said in a statement Wednesday. He declined to comment further.

“Brian is exercising his constitutional rights, and I have to respect that,” Mr. Garrison said Thursday. 

Moab City police pulled the couple over in Utah on Aug. 12 for “obscure driving,” and separated Ms. Petito and Mr. Laundrie for the night after learning of an altercation between the pair, according to bodycam video provided to The Wall Street Journal by the police department. Ms. Petito reportedly slapped Mr. Laundrie.

Police in the video say a witness said they saw Mr. Laundrie shove Ms. Petito but couldn’t tell whether it was aggression or out of defense. Ms. Petito indicated that Mr. Laundrie grabbed her face.

“I didn’t get overtly physical,” Mr. Laundrie told police. “I was just trying to keep her away and not get hit.” He said scratches on his face were from her phone.

Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s fiancé, near the entrance to Arches National Park in Utah in August.



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Ms. Petito told police she didn’t attempt to cause Mr. Laundrie physical pain or impairment, and police didn’t charge her.

Mr. Laundrie told the police that he and Ms. Petito have known each other since the start of high school.

Ms. Petito’s father,

Joe Petito,

asked at the press conference Thursday for people to help bring his daughter home.

“Whatever you can do to make sure my daughter comes home, I’m asking for that help,” he said.

The North Port police said the FBI hotline for tips regarding the case is 1-800-CALLFBI. “We have received hundreds of tips which are being vetted through multiple agencies,” the police said Wednesday.

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Gabby Petito: Brian Laundrie’s parents claim Dog the Bounty Hunter’s ‘tip’ saying they helped son escape is ‘just wrong’


Weeks after Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie went missing, his parents have said they do not have any idea about his whereabouts.

n a statement released on Monday, parents of Mr Laundrie said: “Chris and Roberta Laundrie do not know where Brian is. They are concerned about Brian and hope the FBI can locate him.” Mr Laundrie is a person of interest for investigative agencies in Petito’s mysterious death.

The family’s attorney also squashed allegations that Mr Laundrie was aided by his parents in his escape from arrest or possible action from police authorities as “just wrong.”

Mr Laundrie’s parents did not assist him in leaving the family home or in avoiding arrest on a warrant issued after their son fled, the statement read.

In their conversation with police on 17 September, shortly after Mr Laundrie went missing within days of coming back from the road trip he had taken with Ms Petito but returned without her, Chris and Roberta Laundrie said they did not know about their son’s whereabouts and had not seen him for a few days.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has now been roped in officially for leading the search for Mr Laundrie, announced North Port Florida police department.

In a suspicious turn of events, “Dog the Bounty Hunter” provided a new unknown and unconfirmed lead on the Laundrie family.

Duane Chapman, a television personality and a “bounty hunter” by profession, said that the three members of the Laundrie family were camping at Fort DeSoto campground on two instances earlier this month — on 1 and 3 September and 6 and 8 September.

This is also around the time when Laundries’ neighbour claimed to have seen the family leave in a mini camper.

Mr Chapman, claiming to have evidence on the family’s getaway, said that he had alerted the authorities.

The bounty hunter landed at the Laundries’ doorstep over the weekend assuring the family of his help in bringing their son back. Photographed outside the Laundries’ house in Florida, Mr Chapman was seen knocking on the door but within minutes, Mr Laundrie’s mother Roberta called 911, asking for him to be removed from her property.

Petito, 22, died on a road trip she took with her partner Mr Laundrie to travel 2,328 miles across the country.

The two had set out in early July from their homes in a mini camper and documented their travel tales on social media but evidence shows things turned violent and difficult between the two in August when police officers in Utah spotted them in a physical altercation and intervened.

Mr Chapman announced on Saturday he was joining the search for Brian Laundrie, and says he’s already received 1,000 tips in relation to the case.

Speaking to Fox News on Monday, Mr Chapman said it was a shame Mr Laundrie’s parents wouldn’t speak to him.

“The police said we were welcome to knock on the door so we did. I wanted to tell the Laundries that our goal is to find Brian and bring him in alive.”

North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said they treated 911 calls from Mr Laundrie’s parents like they would from anyone else.

“We’ve been called to the house numerous times for all sorts of issues. Media, protesters, celebrity searchers,” Mr Taylor.

“It’s not something normal. If the family calls and is concerned, we will respond like we would for anyone.”

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Dog the Bounty Hunter joins search for Brian Laundrie (Photo: Fox News)

Mr Chapman said he and wife Francie were on his honeymoon in Colorado when they were bombarded with requests from fans to join the search for Mr Laundrie.

Mr Chapman set up a special hotline on Saturday and said he was working through the more than 1,000 leads he had already received.

“I would say within 48 hours we probably will have a location where we start the tracking at.”

Leads suggested he may have headed for the Appalachian Trail.

“He’s very young, he’s not an experienced criminal,” Mr Chapman told Fox.

“He can’t stay in cheap motels and… rob people like a lot of people I chase. This kid is an outdoorsman, so I think he went to where he is comfortable, to the outdoors.”

Mr Chapman said the case was personal to him as he lost a daughter Barabara Katie in a car accident in 2006 who was the same age as Gabby Petito.

On Monday afternoon Mr Chapman’s daughter Lyssa tweeted: “I can CONFIRM @DogBountyHunter has a HOT lead on Brian’s location. Dad has alerted the proper authorities. Say a prayer guys. This could be it.”

Petito’s funeral was held on Sunday where she was honoured with a memorial service. Her father, Joseph Petito, asked people to leave abusive relationships.

Meanwhile, the chief of the Moab Police Department is taking a leave of absence just days after city officials announced that the officers involved in handling the 12 August domestic violence incident between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie are being investigated.

Bret Edge, the Moab Police chief, has requested a leave of absence that began on Monday under the Family Medical Leave Act, Fox News first reported.

Lisa Church, communications director for the City of Moab, didn’t clarify whether the leave of absence had anything to with the investigation.



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Gabby Petito death update – Cause of death ‘withheld’ after it’s revealed Brian Laundrie bought a burner phone


SIGHTINGS SLAMMED

He also slammed other sightings which have claimed to have spotted Laundrie as far away and Canada and Mexico.

“Brian has a very common look,” Warner said.

“Most of the guys I know in Florida look like that. They have the receding hairline, they’re thin, they have the beard and a little mustache.

“First of all, you can’t leave the country,” he continued.

“After 9/11, there are big restrictions on going across the border. You have to have a verifiable ID from a government agency with a picture on it.

“He doesn’t have that right now. He doesn’t have the resources to leave the country.”

Warner said he believes Laudrine is “in the United States somewhere most likely the Appalachian Trail but there’s no way to track him up there at this point.

“This is a difficult case he looks just too much like everybody else. He doesn’t have any ID, it’s a real problem.”





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Brian Laundrie update – Gabby Petito fiance still not found as Dog the Bounty Hunter says he wants to speak to his dad


DOG the Bounty Hunter says he wants to speak to missing Brian Laundrie’s father – and insists that parents know “50 percent of the time” where their kids are.

Dog, real name Duane Chapman, told Dr Oz in an interview on Tuesday that typically, parents insist they don’t know where their children are after being accused of a crime.

“And after, they say, ‘Dog, I couldn’t, I knew,'” Chapman said.

He also told Dr Oz that around “50 percent of the time” parents know where their children are.

Another “35 percent of the parents help,” Dog said, adding he hopes the Laundrie family will fall into that number.

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

  • DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER’S DISCOVERY

    The discovery came on Wednesday when Dog arrived in the offshore island location with a crew and a team of K-9s to determine if Laundrie is canoeing around to elude capture after the disappearance and death of his fiance Gabby, 22.

    “We’re out here at the island,” Dog said while dispatching from Fort De Soto Park, where he believes the 23-year-old outdoorsman may be hiding.

    He continued in a Wednesday video: “This would be and could be a perfect spot for him to hide.

    “Not too many people out here, but there’s a lot of environmental things we’re gonna fight… The search now is really on.”

  • DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER FINDS FRESH MAKESHIFT CAMPSITE

    Dog the Bounty Hunter and a crew of K-9s have discovered a fresh makeshift campsite in the manhunt for Brian Laundrie near the park where the missing fugitive had camped with his parents weeks ago.

    Duane “Dog” Chapman and his team sniffed out a fresh Monster Energy Ultra Gold can at the site deep in the woods of Shell Island off the coast of Florida near Fort De Soto Park.

    It emerged earlier on Wednesday that Laundrie had stayed the night at the park with his parents – just days after returning alone from his cross-country trip with fiance Gabby Petito.

    The Monster drink appeared to show no signs of no rust or faded colors suggesting it had just recently been discarded, according to Fox News.

    The find has not been confirmed to be Laundrie’s.

  • BRIAN LAUNDRIE ‘MAY BE IN BAHAMAS’ (continued)

    Now internet users are getting in on the possible sightings for Laundrie, with one user claiming he left with the help of his parents.

    “Someone said as long as he showed his vaccination card he can get on Boat from Florida to go to Bahamas!” said another user.

    The ferry schedule for the Fort Lauderdale – Freeport boat runs once a week for a two-and-a-half-hour sailing time.

    Still, although there is no evidence to suggest Laundrie may have left the country, plenty of internet sleuths are urging authorities to check neighboring nations for Laundrie.

  • BRIAN LAUNDRIE ‘MAY BE IN BAHAMAS’

    Internet sleuths believe Brian Laundrie might already be in the Bahamas, claiming he might have had help leaving Florida in a boat and could have been spotted in the island nation.

    A new theory is quickly going viral detailing how Laundrie may have fled the country by boat, saying it isn’t at all that difficult to leave the United States and pointing to both the FBI’s and bounty hunters’ difficulty in locating him.

    Although there is no evidence suggesting Laundrie is indeed in the Bahamas, “In Pursuit with John Walsh” legendary victims’ rights advocate John Walsh claims the Bahamas is one of several likely hiding places for Laundrie.

    Many claim Walsh’s hypothesis was a “credible lead” for Laundrie’s possible escape.

    The other likely places include Mexico or the Appalachian trail, where Laundrie and Petito celebrated Petito’s 22nd birthday.

    YouTube tarot reader Skye Leigh claimed Laundrie could be in the Bahamas with an “older female” who helped pay for his escape.

  • EXPERT DOESN’T THINK LAUNDRIE IS STILL IN RESERVE

    Experienced rancher Alan McEwen has cast doubt that Laundrie is hiding in the vast Carlton Reserve.

    He told Fox News: “Unless he’s got a butt like a duck and can float, he’s not in there.”

    “I’ve been in the woods in and out all my life. I have learned a lot in my life, and one thing I know is no one is gonna survive out there for two weeks on foot.”

  • LAUNDRIE IN COUPLE’S SELFIE?

    Brian Laundrie might have been pictured in a couple’s selfie at a Florida campsite 75 miles from his home, days before Gabby Petito was reported missing.

    A couple from Fort Myers alleges they camped next to the family at the park.

    A man can be seen walking through the park grounds in the background of their family selfie.

    It’s not known if Laundrie is in the photograph.

  • NEW STATEMENT FROM BRIAN’S PARENTS

    On Monday, Brian’s parents released a new statement through their attorney to address rumors about their knowledge of his whereabouts.

    It reads: “Chris and Roberta Laundrie do not know where Brian is. They are concerned about Brian and hope the FBI can locate him.

    “The speculation by the public and some in the press that the parents assisted Brian in leaving the family home or in avoiding arrest on a warrant that was issued after Brian had already been missing for several days is just wrong.”

  • INSIDE THE MOTEL WHERE LAUNDRIE STAYED AFTER FIGHT

    Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie stayed in a $78-a-night motel after police stopped them following a domestic violence call, it has been revealed.

    Staff at the Bowen Motel in Moab, Utah, confirmed the 23-year-old had stayed at the accommodation after police drove him there on August 12.

    Bowen Motel confirmed staff have been co-operating with the police’s investigation into Gabby’s killing.

    Laundrie was taken to the motel after Moab police decided not file any charges and instead separated the couple for the night following the roadside stop.

    Bodycam shows that Gabby’s fiancé told police he could not afford a hotel for the night.

    Read The Sun’s full exclusive here.

  • 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.

  • BRIAN LAUNDRIE COMPARED TO CHRIS WATTS

    Gabby Petito’s fiance’s apparently “calm” behavior with police has been compared to Chris Watts, who reported his family missing after killing them.

    Laundrie’s refusal to speak to law enforcement and disappearance has sparked widespread commentary across social media.

  • BOAT CONSPIRACY, CONTINUED

    Viewers of the clip are attempting to claim that Laundrie “accidentally” went live on Instagram before realizing and hastily cutting off the feed.

    However, much of this was quickly dismissed as the Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino, confirmed that the 23-year-old left his home without his wallet or cellphone on the day he disappeared.

  • BOAT CONSPIRACY

    Another wild conspiracy that had been tossed around is that Laundrie may be hiding on a boat to evade police after claims circulated on Twitter that he went live on Instagram for a matter of seconds on September 13.

    A clip circulating on Twitter appears to show a body of water and the side of a green vessel before abruptly cutting out.

  • DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER’S DAUGHTER GIVES UPDATE ON LAUNDRIE SEARCH

    Lyssa Chapman, daughter of Dog the Bounty Hunter, shared an update on Twitter on her dad’s search for Brian Laundrie on Wednesday evening.

    “Update: The hunt will continue into the evening… K9s on scene…” she wrote.

  • ‘CRAZIER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED’

    The Twitter user who shared the post wrote: “I just say [sic] that this guy claims to be Brian Laundrie’s friend and claims to have been in contact with Brian Laundrie today.”

    Dog’s daughter Lyssa Chapman replied: “We are following this up. Crazier things have happened.”

    Dog, real name Doug Chapman, arrived at Fort De Soto Park on Wednesday afternoon with his fiance Francie Frane after claiming he was “closing in”  on Laundrie.

  • DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER LOOKING INTO CLAIMS THAT LAUNDRIE TRIED TO CONTACT HIM

    Dog the Bounty Hunter is looking into a claim that Brian Laundrie has tried to contact him four times since he disappeared.

    A Twitter user shared a screenshot taken from Facebook that appears to show Laundrie’s friend suggesting Brian had “called Dog’s tipline 4 times now.”

    The post continues he “has asked how to contact him directly on the voice messages.”

  • ‘IT WAS HIM’

    Later, when bodycam footage of Laundrie and Gabby began circulating online, Mannies said he recognized Laundrie, who was questioned by cops due to an alleged domestic disturbance in Utah.

    “Just the way he carried himself and I heard his voice, it was him,” Mannies said.

  • ‘MAD AT THE WORLD’

    “He was just mad at the world it seemed like,” Mannies told The Post.

    The man believed to be Laundrie called Mannies and his group “stupid southerners” when he overheard their conversation turn to hunting and guns.

  • TOURIST SAYS LAUNDRIE SEEMED ‘ANGRY’ IN BAR SIGHTING

    According to Mannies, the man was drinking alone, angry and confrontational.

    When the man interjected into the conversation Mannies was holding with his friends, he said his name was Brian and that he was from New York.

  • BRIAN ‘SLAMMED’ SOUTHERNERS AT BAR

    A tourist claims to have interacted with Brian Laundrie at a bar last month, where the fugitive fiancé seemed “mad at the world” and blasted him and a friend as “stupid southerners.”

    Hunter Mannies, 44, was on a roadtrip from his home in Louisiana when he believes he had an encounter with Laundrie.

    Mannies told the New York Post that he saw a man who resembled Laundrie sitting alone at Bullwinkle’s Saloon in West Yellowstone on August 26, the day before Gabby Petito was last seen alive.

  • WHAT DID BRIAN LAUNDRIE’S PARENTS SAY WHEN GABBY WAS MISSING?

    On September 14, 2021, the Laundries issued a statement through their lawyer regarding the case.

    They said at the time: “This is an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family.”

    “I understand that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. On behalf of the Laundrie family it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is re-united with her family.”

    “On the advice of counsel the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment.”

  • BOAT CONSPIRACY, CONTINUED

    Viewers of the clip are attempting to claim that Laundrie “accidentally” went live on Instagram before realizing and hastily cutting off the feed.

    However, much of this was quickly dismissed as the Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino, confirmed that the 23-year-old left his home without his wallet or cellphone on the day he disappeared.

  • BOAT CONSPIRACY

    Another wild conspiracy that had been tossed around is that Laundrie may be hiding on a boat to evade police after claims circulated on Twitter that he went live on Instagram for a matter of seconds on September 13.

    A clip circulating on Twitter appears to show a body of water and the side of a green vessel before abruptly cutting out.

  • BRIAN LAUNDRIE COMPARED TO CHRIS WATTS

    Gabby Petito’s fiance’s apparently “calm” behavior with police has been compared to Chris Watts, who reported his family missing after killing them.

    Laundrie’s refusal to speak to law enforcement and disappearance has sparked widespread commentary across social media.

  • 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.

  • POLICE LEFT NOTE ON LAUNDRIE’S CAR BEFORE TOWING

    Cops had previously left a note on Laundrie’s car, which was found by his family Wednesday and had been parked near the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, according to the family’s attorney Steven Bertolino.

    The note had requested the car be removed, but the family left the vehicle there until Thursday, hoping he’d return to it, Bertolino previously told the New York Post.

    However, video footage appears to show the car parked on the Laundrie’s driveway Wednesday, according to a Crimeonline report.





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Gabby Petito: The search for Brian Laundrie in a swampy Florida nature reserve enters its second week


The search of the Carlton Reserve will resume Saturday, officials said.

An underwater dive team from the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office who are “called upon to search for evidence of crimes and victims of drowning, water accidents and foul play” was also brought in midweek, according to the sheriff’s office.

“We’re looking through wooded areas, we’re looking through bodies of water, we’re looking through swampy areas,” North Point Police Commander Joe Fussell said in a video shared online Friday. “And we’re deploying the resources to be able to do that. We have air units, we have drones, we have the swamp buggies, air boats, multiple law enforcement agencies, we have ATVs, we have UTVs and we have officers on foot as well.”

Petito, 22, and Laundrie embarked on a cross-country trip in June and were visiting national parks. They posted online regularly about their travels with the hashtag #VanLife, but those posts abruptly stopped in late August.

Laundrie returned home with their van on September 1. Petito was reported missing September 11 after her family had not been able to get in touch with her. She was found dead eight days later near a campground in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.

According to an arrest warrant issued Thursday, Laundrie is wanted for the alleged use of “unauthorized devices” in the period following Petito’s death.

The warrant “doesn’t change anything for us,” Fussell said. “We’re working as hard to find him now as we did on day one.”

The conditions are challenging with murky water, muddy roads and thick vegetation, according to videos shared by North Port police. “Rough is an understatement,” Taylor said Thursday of the conditions in the reserve.

He said Saturday’s and Sunday’s efforts will be focusing on “areas of more likelihood.”

Another person says she gave hitchhiking Laundrie a ride in August

With law enforcement combing through the reserve, more stories are emerging of interactions involving Laundrie before his return to Florida.

Norma Jean Jalovec, a seasonal Wyoming resident, told CNN that she picked up Laundrie not far from Jackson Lake Dam on August 29, around 6:15 p.m. and gave him a ride to the Spread Creek dispersed campground where Gabby Petito’s remains were later found.

Laundrie was hitchhiking, Jalovec said, and got in the passenger seat of her Toyota SUV 4-Runner.

According to Jalovec, Laundrie told her he and his fiancée had a travel blog, that she was in their van at the camping area working on the blog, and that he had been hiking along the Snake River embankment for a few days.

A timeline of 22-year-old Gabby Petito's case

Jalovec said when they arrived at Spread Creek, she dropped Laundrie off before the gate at the entrance of the camping area. She said she offered once or twice to take him farther, but he was insistent that he be dropped off at the entrance.

Laundrie then offered her gas money, but she declined, she said.

Jalovec said as soon as she saw a series of videos posted on TikTok by Miranda Baker, who said she picked up Laundrie hitchhiking and dropped him at Jackson Lake Dam, she called the FBI and shared all the information she had.

Baker had said she dropped Laundrie near the dam at 6:09 p.m. and Jalovec says she picked him up just a few minutes later.

“I’m glad I was able to help in the investigation that placed him at Spread Creek at a definite time on August 29,” Jalovec told CNN.

CNN has not been able to independently verify Baker’s claims. North Port police confirmed to CNN that Baker spoke with the department before posting the videos on TikTok.

$30,000 in rewards offered for tips

As the search for Laundrie stretches into its second week, two separate rewards totaling $30,000 have been offered to anyone who provides law enforcement officials with Laundrie’s whereabouts.

Boohoff Law, a personal injury law firm, said in a release on its website it is offering a $20,000 reward to be “paid once the investigating law enforcement agency supplies” the firm with “written verification that a tip helped lead to locating” Laundrie.

The law firm, which has multiple offices across Florida, including North Port, said its reward “will remain open for two months starting from the receipt of the tip” by law enforcement.

Meanwhile, a second reward has been offered by Jerry Torres, who said in a tweet Wednesday he was a neighbor of the Petito family. Torres wrote that he and his daughter “offer our deepest condolences to the family of Gabby Petito,” adding, “We are offering a reward of $5,000 for tips leading to an arrest.”
Torres said Friday the reward he’s offering had been raised to $10,000, thanks in part to help by people like Steve Moyer, the former deputy chief of police for Sarasota, Florida.

“Money gets people to talk,” Moyer told CNN affiliate WZVN Friday.

Remembering Gabby

The disappearance of Petito, and subsequent search for Laundrie, has received a wave of national interest as well as brought heightened attention to others who have gone missing in the US.
Since the discovery of Petito, vigils have been held from Salt Lake City to the East Coast.
These families of missing Black people are frustrated with the lack of response to their cases

On Friday, residents of Blue Point, New York — Petito’s hometown on Long Island — lit candles in a memorial to show support for her family.

The organizers of “Light the Night For Gabby Petito” hope that similar demonstrations would stretch beyond Long Island, according to CNN affiliate WABC.

Candles were provided along with a request for a $20 donation with proceeds going to the Petito family, WABC said.

A candle lighting and butterfly release memorial is slated for Saturday evening in North Port in front of its city hall, according to The Daily Sun.

A memorial visitation for Petito is planned for Sunday afternoon in Holbrook on Long Island, according to Moloney’s Holbrook Funeral Home. It will be open to the public.

Richard Stafford, an attorney for Petito’s family, confirmed in a statement Friday her funeral would be held Sunday, adding that the family has asked for donations to be made to the future Gabby Petito Foundation in lieu of flowers.

CNN’s Randi Kaye, Leyla Santiago, Dakin Andone, Steve Almasy, Kate Conerly, Christina Maxouris, Rebekah Riess, Gregory Lemos and Sara Weisfeldt contributed to this report.





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