North Port, Fla. – It has been one month since Brian Laundrie was last seen, having never returned after going for a hike at a Florida park while his fiancée, Gabby Petito, was nowhere to be found, according to his family’s attorney.
Laundrie, 23, left his family’s North Port, Florida, home on Sept. 13 to hike in the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve on Sept. 13. The date of his disappearance was previously said to have been Sept. 14, but the Laundries’ attorney, Steven Bertolino, later changed course and announced that it was actually one day earlier.
The state, federal, and local law enforcement agencies have searched extensively the Carlton Reserve, along with the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. This is where Laundrie was believed to have parked his vehicle at that time.
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His family did not announce until on Sept. 17 – four days after he allegedly left – that he had not come back.
Petito, 22, and Laundrie left in June for a trip to the national parks with her Ford Transit white convertible. The couple had met years earlier on Long Island, New York, where they grew up and later moved into the North Port home with his Brian’s parents, Chris and Roberta.
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But Brian Laundrie arrived back in North Port on Sept. 1 – with the van, but without Petito.
Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, reported her missing to Suffolk County Police in New York on Sept. 11.
According to the woman’s family, Brian Laundrie never called them to say that his daughter was not with him. The Petito family allegedly called his parents and ignored their messages, text messages, and phone calls. One message in particular stated that they would call police.
The white van was taken by the investigators on September 11, and a warrant was executed at Laundrie.
Search teams discovered Petito’s body near Wyoming“s”Grand Teton National Park, Sept. 19, announced she had been the victim to a homicide shortly afterwards.
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Laundrie was identified by authorities as someone of interest for Petito’s disappearance just a few days after her disappearance. On Sept. 23, the FBI issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie, accusing him of bank card fraud.
Teton County Sheriff Dr. Brent Blue declared Petito diedFrom “manual” Strangulation”
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In response to the news, the Laundries’ attorney said in a statement that Petito’s death “at such a young age is a tragedy.”
“While Brian Laundrie is currently charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to Gabby, Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise,” Bertolino said. Brian remains missing at this point. When he’s found, we will investigate the fraud case against him.
Laundrie remains on the loose. So far, he has not been charged directly with Petito’s death.
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