(CSU)The parents of Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s fiancé, were skeptical Tuesday that they would assist the FBI in its search for him.
“The Laundry’s could not assist us in locating Gabby,” the family’s attorney, Richard Stafford, added. “They are not going to assist us in locating Brian.”
Stafford said the FBI requested that they not talk about the relationship between the families, adding that he was confident in the bureau’s ability to thoroughly investigate and get justice for Petito.
The parents and stepparents of Gabby Petito announced the formation of the Gabby Petito Foundation, which they said would assist other families in a similar position. They also disclosed they got matching tattoos on Monday night, which read “Let it be” in her handwriting.
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Nicole Schmidt said, “I wanted to have her with me at all times.”
The parents of Laundrie, meanwhile, have stated that they are unaware of his location two weeks after he was last seen, according to their attorney.
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie are unaware of Brian’s whereabouts. They are worried about Brian and hope the FBI can discover him,” attorney Steven Bertolino added. “The belief that the parents assisted Brian in escaping from their house or avoiding arrest on a search warrant issued days after his disappearance is entirely false.”
The new comments come as authorities continue to investigate what happened to Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, who traveled through the American West in a white van during the summer while she posted about their adventures on social media.
On August 31, according to police, Laundrie returned home with the van but without his fiancée following postings that suddenly stopped in late August. On September 1, Laundrie went back to his parent’s house in North Port, Florida, with the van but without his fiancée. Her family was unable to reach her and reported
The body of Petito was discovered in a camping area near the location where the couple had last been seen in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest, and her death was ruled a homicide by a coroner.
Meanwhile, Laundrie’s parents informed authorities on September 17 that they had last seen him three days earlier, when he departed with a backpack, stating that he was going to the nearby Carlton Reserve, a vast swampland that covers 25,000 acres in southwest Florida. According to a fount close to the family, Laundrie fled his parents’ residence without his cell phone and wallet, and they were worried that he might do himself harm.
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More than ten days were spent by local cops searching the Carlton Reserve. The FBI, which has lay hold of over the investigation, is leading a more targeted hunt based on intelligence, North Port Police said. Agents visited his parents’ home to collect personal items that would help with DNA comparison. Laundry has not been linked to Petito’s death. Still, on August 30 and September 1, a federal arrest warrant accuses him of illegally using another person’s debit card and PIN number.
The unanswered questions about Petito’s disappearance have driven digital sleuths to examine the couple’s internet history in an attempt to solve the case, as well as rumors that tensions were growing between them. The focus on Petito’s case has also highlighted the hundreds of thousands of missing persons’ cases across the country, as well as questions about why some of them attract such significant attention while others do not.
Search for Laundrie ongoing
Laundrie moved out of his parent’s home in Florida and returned to Minnesota on August 31 without Petito. Since then, law enforcement personnel have been scouring the country in search of him in order to obtain answers.
Following Petito’s death, the Laundry was not wanted on any charges at first, but he now faces a federal arrest warrant for “unauthorized use of electronic devices,” owing to Petito’s death. According to a federal indictment, between August 30 and September 1, 2012, Laundrie allegedly used a debit card and PIN number.
According to a lawyer for Laundrie’s family, the warrant was not for Petito’s murder but rather for subsequent actions.
Two rewards totaling $30,000 are available to anyone who can tell authorities where Laundrie is hiding. The Laundry family’s home in Billings, Montana, was visited Sunday again by federal agents as seen on CSU video. At least two authorities were observed at the property, with one holding a bag.
According to the Laundries’ attorney, Steven Bertolino, “The FBI requested some personal belongings belonging to Brian Laundrie to aid them with DNA matching, and Brian’s parents provided the FBI with what they could.”
More information might be shed by using audio in a dispute.
While their social media postings showed a carefree, sunny existence, an event with cops in August exposed significant challenges in their relationship.
A Utah emergency communications operator told the Deseret News on August 13 that the first reports of conflict in the middle of the two came on August 12, when a 911 caller in Moab, Utah, notified dispatchers he wanted to file a domestic dispute complaint and described a white van with a Florida license plate.
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“We drove by, and the guy was hitting the girl,” according to the caller. He stated, “Then we stopped. They ran up nd down the sidewalk, and he hit her before getting in his vehicle and fleeing.”
This Monday, the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) acquired dispatch audio recordings from the Grand County Sheriff’s office, shedding further light on what Moab Police were informed about “some sort of altercation.”
The operator tells the officer that “a male struck a woman” and that they fled in a white Ford Transit van, according to the audio.
Another individual, identified only by his first name, stated that Petito struck Laundrie on the arm and then mounted through the driver’s side door as if he had locked her out, according to a Moab Police report.
The white van was discovered by the cops, and a stop was initiated near the entrance to Arches National Park. Petito and Laundrie were in the vehicle, which had been stolen from Utah earlier that day.
Officer Pratt stated in his report that Petito had slapped Laundrie, “who grabbed her face nd pushed her back as she-bear down upon him and van,” according to the police.
“The other responding officer, Daniel Robbins, stated that when Laundrie tried to “separate from her so they could both calm their emotions,” Petito had “gone into a manic state.” The officer claimed to see “smaller visible scratches” on Laundrie’s face.
Officer Petito is heard on body camera footage telling cops, “We’ve just been fighting this morning—going through some personal difficulties.”
The police said the cops advised the couple to go their separate ways that night, and no charges were brought.
According to the Coloradoan, Braydon Palmer, the police assistant chief for Moab, said on August 12 that “We’re going to need an outside agency to do this investigation.” The agency was not specified by Palmer.
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