Brian Laundrie search: Family lawyer addresses rumors parents planted evidence in North Port park


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with him mayakkahatchi Creek Environmental Park was briefly reopened to the public, and the water level dropped significantly compared to mid-September, when Brian Laundry After he went missing, the missing man’s parents wanted to go inside on Wednesday to find some of his favorite hideouts, according to them. New York-based lawyer.


As it happened, Chris and Roberta Laundry led officers to several items believed to belong to their son—and human remains that were not immediately identifiable.

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But such close proximity to the park’s entrance raised doubts from critics about their authenticity, said Steven Bertolino, a lawyer for the Laundries, who dismissed those concerns as unfounded.

With the media watching the parents’ every move for weeks, it seems unlikely that they could have planted the evidence.

“When I spoke to him Tuesday night, he said, ‘We want to preserve tomorrow,’” Bertolino told Granthshala News Digital Thursday. “What do I think about it? I told them it was a good idea, and I thought we should inform law enforcement so there’s no problem.”

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He said he told the authorities with a text message.

“He texted me back and said, ‘Thanks for the heads up,’” he said. “And as you could see, there was law enforcement on Wednesday morning.”

The parents arrived at the park shortly before 7:30 a.m., with Roberta holding a red bag full of water bottles, which was visible through the cloth. Chris He left his Lal Ram truck empty handed.

A moment after they parked, two members of law enforcement arrived in another pickup truck and wearing hiking gear. They took the couple to the park as Chris traversed the trail in a handful of brushy areas and Roberta remained largely off the beaten path.

About 30 to 45 minutes of searching, they reached an area where Bertolino said parents had previously instructed investigators to investigate, looking for Brian Laundry.

While the parents found a white bag and another object a few yards from the trail, officers separately found a notebook and backpack, which is believed to have belonged to their son. They also found human remains, which are yet to be identified.

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Michael McPherson, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Tampa Division, said, “These items were found in an area that, until recently, was underwater. Our evidence response team is using all available forensic resources to process the area. has been.” “It is likely that the team will be on the scene for several days.”

Bertolino brought up the water level as a factor in why the discovery had not been made during the weeks of the earlier discoveries.

The last time Chris Laundry went to the park to find his son, on October 7, water from the swamp came down to the edge of the trail where Granthshala News Digital could access, before officers sealed off the area.

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During Wednesday mornings, Chris Laundry stepped down the trail in wet but navigable brush, running a few feet in some areas or missing for several minutes in others.

He was separated from his wife for about 12 minutes before returning at around 8:02 am. The officers left with him, but he returned alone.

Bertolino said Chris and officers had “zigzagged” through the brush in the meantime.

Minutes later, Laundry strode through a patch of brambles together toward another clearing. It was here that he found a white bag next to a black object about 12 to 18 inches on the ground.

“Chris told me he grabbed some items,” said Bertolino. “I can’t say specifically whether it was a notebook or not.”

After a whisper, he put the item in the bag and picked up everything. Bertolino later told Granthshala News Digital that the items they found there belonged to Brian Laundry and the parents did not want to leave it on the ground as they went to bring investigators because of a reporter’s presence.

Then they picked it up, and returned to the gate of the garden, and handed the bag over to an officer. In the exclusive Granthshala News digital video, he told him that investigators found something else in the park and advised him to go home and wait for the call.

The parents were heartbroken at the officer’s words before leaving the area.

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The FBI later revealed that officers had uncovered notebooks, backpacks and human remains.

Bertolino said he believes “the chances are high” that the remains belonged to Brian Laundry.

The discovery comes after a dramatic drop in the water level in the marsh reserve.

“Chris confirmed with me this morning that when he and Roberta looked, I believe it was on the 14th (of September), the whole area was waist-deep or high in the water,” Bertolino said. said. “The FBI confirmed yesterday that the area was flooded until recently. When that water receded, obviously more things were accessible.”

Brian Laundry’s whereabouts have been unknown since September 13, two days after his ex-fiancée Gabby Pettito’s mother reported him missing, according to officials. Search teams to find his remains a. met on Wyoming Campsite on September 19 – where his van was spotted at a campsite in late August.

Brian Laundry’s remains were found on Wednesday in an area that was under water until recently, according to the FBI. (North Port Police Department)

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Investigators later revealed that Brian Laundry drove Petito’s van back to his parents’ home in Florida on September 1. The family remained silent about his whereabouts.

However, when Bryan left for the hike on September 13 and failed to return, Bertolino said he immediately informed the FBI.

“We notified the FBI that night or the next morning that Brian did not come home from his hike,” he said. “So the FBI knew Brian hadn’t come home from day one.”

This is despite a conflicting timeline proposed by North Port Police in the case – which states that Laundry’s parents first told them he was missing on September 17, when they last saw him.

Despite the discrepancy, Bertolino praised law enforcement for handling the search for Brian Laundry.

“We can’t thank the people, the men and women who are looking for Brian, we can’t thank him enough,” he said. “We think they’ve done the right thing every step of the way here. They’re nothing but courteous and professional to me and the laundry family.”

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