Police in Florida have admitted that they did not see Brian Laundry when they went to his parents’ home on September 11, raising questions about the last time the missing suspect was in the home.
North Port Police confiscated a van belonging to Gabby Petito from the Laundry family home that evening after her mother, Nicole Schmidt, reported her missing.
Spokesman Josh Taylor told the media on Wednesday that police did not “spot” Mr Laundry that night. Laundries declined to cooperate with authorities and gave them contact details for their family’s attorney.
His parents told authorities he had left home on 14 September for a hiking trip to the nearby Carlton Reserve, but did not report his disappearance until three days later.
The activities of the Laundry family are under renewed scrutiny after it emerged they had been camping in Pinellas County’s Fort de Soto Park on September 6.
Brian Laundry also bought a new cellphone around the time of his disappearance.
His parents have denied any involvement in their son’s escape.
Gabby Petito’s remains were found on September 19 in a national forest in Wyoming. After preliminary post-mortem, his death has been ruled as murder, but no cause of death has been revealed.
Mr Laundry is believed to have been charged with fraudulent use of a bankcard in the days following Ms Petito’s death.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Brian Laundrie