“It seems that the water in the protected area is decreasing and some areas are more accessible for exploration,” said Steve Bertolino. “The entire laundry family is grateful for the hard work of the dedicated members of law enforcement who have been searching for protection for Brian over the past few weeks. Hopefully, Brian will be found soon.”
But police in North Port, Florida, say no one has actually seen the laundry at Carlton Reserve, a sprawling nature reserve near the family home that has been the focus of laundry searches for weeks now.
Police spokesman Josh Taylor told Granthshala’s Randy Kaye that the search was driven solely by information from Laundry’s parents, who said they planned to hike the reserve in mid-September and haven’t been seen since.
Taylor told Granthshala he had found no physical evidence of the laundry, but plans to continue the search until he has better information.
Officials of several law enforcement agencies have been searching for the laundry since September 17.
Laundry returned to Florida without Pettito on September 1, and after he was reported missing, he and his family turned down initial attempts by law enforcement to speak to him directly.
The officers never spoke to the laundry before his disappearance. Taylor told Granthshala that while police were at the family home on September 11, the day Petito was reported missing, Laundry was not seen and there was no opportunity to speak with her.
Taylor said that on September 17, when police spoke to her parents after reporting Laundry’s disappearance, they refused to talk about Pettito’s disappearance, which police called “strange”. Told. Laundry’s parents, who had their lawyer on speaker phone, only talked about their son’s disappearance.
In addition, officers do not have phones during the laundry and Petito’s visit, Taylor said. Taylor said police searched the van used in the trip, which the laundry took back to Florida, but there was neither a phone, nor a phone, Taylor said.
Laundry’s father helped with the search on Thursday
According to Bertolino, Brian’s father Chris Laundry was seen entering the Carlton Reserve on Thursday morning, asked by law enforcement to accompany him in his search.
“Chris was asked to indicate any favorite trails or spots that Brian may have used in the preserve,” the lawyer said. Although the family provided information they previously knew, “it is now thought that on-site assistance may be better,” he said.
“The preserve is also closed to the public and laundry, but parents have been cooperating since the search began,” Bertolino said.
“There was no discovery but the effort was helpful to everyone,” he said.
Police on Thursday denied that a campsite was found in the reserve during earlier search efforts. The confirmation came after a source close to the Laundry family told Granthshala that they were informed by investigators that police had made a search. The source insisted Thursday that the laundry family was told a campsite had been found.
“Is it possible that they thought there might be a camp site or something they saw from the air, but it didn’t come out when they landed. Sure, I think that’s a possibility.” ,” said Taylor, a spokesman for North Port Police. “The bottom line is that investigators are telling me no campsites were found there.”
As the search continues, Chris Laundry and Brian’s mother Roberta believe he is still in reserve, Bertolino said, and as a result, every public call he made to surrender to the authorities, He won’t be able to reach them.
“In short, the parents believed Brian was and is still protected so there was no reason to issue a petition to the media that he did not have access,” the lawyer said.
Family hopes Gabby’s life will inspire others
Petito’s loss was particularly felt in North Port, as tributes were held in front of the Florida Town’s City Hall, and on Long Island where she grew up.
“I want you to be inspired by Gabby, that’s what we’re looking for,” he said. “If there’s a trip you guys want to take, take it now. When you have time, do it now.”
“If there’s a relationship you’re in that might not be the best thing for you, just leave it,” he said.
Petito’s stepfather, Jim Schmidt, also gave a eulogy, telling the gathering, “Parents shouldn’t bury their kids. That’s not how it’s supposed to work.”
In an interview with other members of his family this week on the “Dr. Phil” show, Joe Pettito said he believes the laundry is alive and hidden.
“Because he’s a coward. Flat out. I use a few other words, but I can’t use them on your show,” Petito said.
Granthshala’s Randy Kaye, Susan Chun, Anne Clifford, Chris Cuomo, John Passantino, Leyla Santiago, Sarah Weisfeld, Rebekah Rees, Eric Levenson, Taylor Romain, Rob Frehse and Whitney Wilde contributed to this report.
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