The Moab Police Department's video of Brian Laundrie speaking to a officer after pulling over his van, which he was travelling in, near Arches National Park's entrance on Aug. 12, 2021. While they were engaged in an emotional fight, the couple was pulled over. Petito disappeared a month later. Her family reported her missing and now she is the subject of a national search. Moab Police Department via AP
Brian Laundrie's attorney and his family said that his parents don’t know where their son is.
Brian Laundrie was reported missing on Sept. 14. Gabby Petito, his fiancee, was missing since Sept. 14.
Steve Bertolino stated that "speculation" about them being involved in his disappearance was "just wrong."
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Insider was told Monday by Brian Laundrie's attorney and his family that his parents do not know where he is, and that any speculation that his parents may have assisted his disappearance is "just wrong."
Steve Bertolino, a family attorney for Laundrie said that Chris and Roberta Laundrie don't know where Brian is. "They are worried about Brian and hope that the FBI can find him."
Gabby Petito (22-year-old travel blogger) was reported missing on September 11. Her fianc Laundrie, 23 returned home to North Port, Florida alone on September 1, after they had taken a cross-country roadtrip over the summer.
Laundrie's family said that he was missing since September 14, when he went on a hike in Florida to the Carlton Reserve. Authorities launched a manhunt to find Laundrie. He was identified as a "person-of interest" in Petito’s disappearance.
A body, which authorities claimed was consistent with Petito's description, was discovered in the national park close to the Spread Creek camping site on September 19. Petito's remains were later identified by the FBI and Petito's family lawyer. Her death was declared a homicide. Laundrie was also arrested by the FBI last Thursday.
Bertolino stated that "the speculation by the public as well as some in the media that Brian's parents assisted him in leaving his family home or in avoiding arrest for a warrant that was issued after Brian has been missing for several weeks is wrong."
The warrant was issued in connection to Laundrie’s activities after Petito’s death. These included the unauthorized use Capital One debit or credit card purchases of $1,000 or greater.
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Although the warrant didn't specify who the card belonged, documents obtained by Insider at the Suffolk County Police Department revealed that Petito had a Capital One account.
According to FBI documents, a grand jury indicted Laundrie for violating the "Use of Unauthorized Access Devices” related to her activities following the death of Petito. According to the indictment, Laundrie used the debit cards sometime between August 30 and September 1. The FBI stated that the warrant was issued pursuant to Laundrie’s activities following Petito's passing. This suggests Petito may have died prior to August 30.
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