NORTH PORT, Fla. – A prominent Florida attorney posted a $20,000 reward on Laundrie’s head after the murder of Gabby Petito and his subsequent disappearance as a person of interest in her case.
“I believe that a lost child is the worst nightmare for every parent,” said Boohoff, a lawyer and mom of two, to CSU Friday. “Our hearts go around with to her family and the community, and we hope that together we might get some answers and justice for Gabby.”
When Laundrie’s mother reported her missing on September 11, her 22-year-old fiancé Petito, whose remains were discovered in a Wyoming park full of bears, wolves, and other animals the same day, came under intense public scrutiny. The young woman may have last been seen alive at a Jackson Hole restaurant on August 27.
On September 1, Laundrie pulled into her parents’ driveway in her van. Since then, he and his family have refused to comment to cops or the media regarding Petito. His family, on the other hand, made no mention of the vanished young woman – who had resided in their home for two years.
On April 19, North Port cops discovered Petito’s van at the Laundrie residence in North Port, Fla., the same day as the missing person report. It was seized as evidence.
On Saturday, September 11, authorities were called to the home after Landrie’s parents reported that they hadn’t seen their son since Tuesday, September 14, and believed he was missing. Petito’s family lawyer has said he is in hiding.
Boohoof, whose children are 7 and 17, found the timeline of events to be excessively aggressive. As a result, she’s giving $20,000 to the first person who can provide information leading directly to Laundrie’s precise location.Boohoff has offices in four different states and one in Seattle, Washington, which is just 3.5 miles from the Laundrie house.
“We have an office in North Port, and staff there work and reside there,” Boohoff said. “We provide services to clients there, and we want to do everything we can to help solve the problem and obtain justice.”
Boohoff said she’d already gotten a few tips, which she forwarded to the FBI. She’s asking that anyone with leads contact law enforcement immediately.
After the female travel blogger went missing, CSU investigated a domestic disagreement in Moab, Utah, in which a witness observed Laundrie slapping and hitting Petito in front of an organic store in broad daylight.
After both Petito and Laundrie, as well as a different eye-witness, reported no abuse, the cops refused to take action. They were separated overnight by the authorities – booking him into a hotel room through a charity program – but the inn could not confirm whether Laundrie actually stayed there.
The couple was captured on video in another dramatic episode two weeks later, this time in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where police discovered Petito’s remains.On August 27, a New Orleans couple witnessed Laundrie arguing with female wait staff at Merry Piglets, a Tex-Mex restaurant, and Petito, visibly upset, apologized to the staff.
According to Utah attorney Susanne Gustin, who said the incidents show telltale signs of a possible domestic abuser in Laundrie’s behavior, that move probably caused an enraged argument before Petito’s murder.
On Thursday, the FBI announced charges against Laundrie for allegedly accessing someone else’s account between August 30 and September 1, following Petito’s death by homicide in Wyoming’s Teton Range.Laundry is being sought in the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve in Florida, although it’s likely that he has fled the region.
The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance in finding him. Anyone who sees him should call 1-800-CALL-FBI or 303-629-7171.