NORTH PORT, Fla. – Brian Laundrie’s attorney Steve Bertolino tore into “America’s Most Wanted” creator John Walsh Thursday, the morning after the longtime TV host aired an ID channel special on the unsolved homicide of the Florida man’s former fiancée, Gabby Petito.
“Gabby Petito: ID Special Report” delved into the details surrounding the 22-year-old Petito’s slaying and Laundrie’s status as a fugitive on a federal bank fraud warrant.
Walsh suggests that Laundrie (23) may have crossed the border in Mexico’s opposite direction to Walsh for several weeks.
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Walsh speculated in the special that Laundrie may be hiding somewhere, possibly in the Bahamas, and suggested that his parents could have helped him while he was on the run.
Walsh also hosts the ID show “In Pursuit With John Walsh”.
Bertolino laughed at this speculation.
Bertolino stated that “Dusty relics, like John Walsh, need a tragedy like this to get their names out of the web and give their publicity-hungry personalities some food,” Fox News Digital said. Bertolino was also critical of Duane Chapman who is a reality TV star as well as scavenger hunter and real-life bounty-hunter, and entered Laundrie’s search last month.
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Through a spokesperson, Walsh said he had no comment on the lawyer’s attack, while Chapman issued a sharp response of his own.
“It’s ironic that Mr. Bertolino would criticize the people trying to find Brian Laundrie, unless perhaps he doesn’t want him to be found,” he said.
Laundrie’s whereabouts have been a mystery since mid-September, when his parents said he set off on a hike in a swampy park near their home in North Port, Fla., leaving his brand new cellphone and wallet behind.
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Two days after police entered his parents’ home, an FBI-led search team found Petito’s remains at a campsite in Bridger-Teton National Forest just north of Jackson, Wyoming.
Later, Dr. Brent Blue of Teton County declared her death as a result of manual strangulation.
Eyewitnesses believe Petito was last seen in public in Jackson on August 27th at the Merry Piglets restaurant. The same day, an eyewitness reported that Petito was spotted by a couple from travel blogging who saw her van near the spot where her body was discovered.
On Aug. 30, while Laundrie is believed to have been driving home from Wyoming, Petito’s mother said she received an odd text message from Gabby’s phone that she said she doesn’t believe her daughter actually wrote.
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Laundrie arrived at his parents’ house alone on Sept. 1, according to authorities, but no one in his family reported Petito missing.
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