There have been frequent updates on the matter which have confused the authorities and the public about the timeline and reasons for the laundry’s disappearance. His parents have also not commented on the matter.
The laundry search continues, but here’s a timeline of what we know about the laundry:
June 2021: Laundry embarks on a cross-country trip with Petitos
Laundry and Petito plan a cross-country trip to travel the West Coast in Petito’s white Ford van. Along the way, the couple will visit state and national parks across the western United States.
August 12: Laundry and Petito encounter Utah police
Things took a turn in August when Moab, Utah, police confronted the couple “engaging in some sort of dispute.”
A report by Officer Eric Pratt said the two were described as engaging in a physical fight after an argument. There were reports of witnesses and 911 calls describing a man (laundry) allegedly killing a woman (Petito).
“Both the man and the woman reported that they were in love and engaged to be married and did not want to see anyone accused of a crime,” Pratt’s report eventually said.
According to the report, at the suggestion of officials, the couple split for the night, which Petito describes as “confused and emotional”.
Officer Daniel Robbins wrote in his report, “After evaluating the totality of the circumstances, I do not think the situation has escalated to the level of domestic assault, as much as a mental health crisis.” No allegation is made.
August 17-23: Laundry flies from Utah to Florida and back
According to Bartolino, a lawyer for the Laundry family, Laundry flew from Salt Lake City to Tampa, Florida, and rejoined Petito in Utah six days later.
Bartolino told Granthshala, Laundry “flyed home to get some stuff and emptied and closed the storage unit to save money.”
August 27: Laundry and Petito as seen at a Wyoming restaurant
Petito and Laundry were again seen in Jackson, Wyoming, where a couple said they saw Petito and Laundry engage in an “uproar” as they were leaving The Merry Piglets Tex-Mex restaurant.
By the end of August, Petito’s regular posts on social media had stopped.
September 1: Laundry Returns to Florida
Driving Petito’s van, returned to the laundry home Petito shared with his parents in North Port, Florida. Petito was not with him.
September 6-8: The laundry family goes camping
The laundry family moves to a campground about 75 miles from their home.
According to the Pinellas County Parks Campground Check-In Report provided to Granthshala, Roberta Laundry, Brian Laundry’s mother, was checked into a waterfront site at the Fort De Soto Campground from September 6 to 8.
Bertolino later told Granthshala that the laundry was at the campground from September 6 to September 7 and moved in together.
September 11: Petito’s disappearance is reported
Subsequent events are when things get even more confusing.
September 13 or 14: Laundry disappeared
At this point, Pettito’s body had not been found, and police were publicly asking Laundry and his parents to talk to them about what they knew.
North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison told Granthshala’s Don Lemon, the laundry had invoked its Fifth Amendment rights. This generally means that a person cannot be compelled to make statements that they think may be negative or used against them.
Initially, Laundry’s parents told North Port Police that they had not seen their son since September 14, but they did not contact authorities for three days.
Laundry’s parents also told police that he was on his way to the nearby Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre nature reserve near the family home with waist-deep water, snakes and crocodiles.
Laundry’s family then said in October that he had left their home on September 13, a day earlier than previously reported.
Bertolino told Granthshala that Brian Laundry’s father, Chris Laundry, went looking for Brian on the night of September 13 when his son did not return from the park.
The next day, September 14, Brian’s parents both returned to the area outside the Mykahatchi Creek Environmental Park to look for him and found an abandoned vehicle notice placed on their Ford Mustang, Bertolino said. The North Port Police Department confirmed that the citation had been placed on the car.
The parents returned the next day, September 15, to retrieve the vehicle.
September 19: Pettito’s remains found in Wyoming
Petito’s remains were found in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest. The Teton County coroner confirmed that the remains were two days after Pettito, on September 21.
September 23: Federal indictment for laundry issued
The indictment says he used these accounts to charge more than $1,000 worth of commerce after Petito’s death affecting interstate commerce. According to the indictment, Laundry did so “intentionally and with fraudulent intent”.
Granthshala’s Christina Maxouris, Leyla Santiago, Sarah Weisfeld, Rebekah Rees and Andy Rose contributed to this report.
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