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Brian Laundrie’s parents now claim that they last saw him one day earlier than they initially reported to the police, their attorney said this week.
Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino told Florida outlet WFLA on Tuesday that the 23-year-old’s parents now believe their son has been unaccounted for since Monday, Sept. 13. Originally, Chris and Roberta Laundrie told police that he left their home to go for a hike on Sept. 14. They didn’t report him missing until that Friday, Sept. 17.
“The Laundries were basing the date Brian left on their recollection of certain events,” Bertolino told WFLA. “Upon further communication with the FBI and confirmation of the Mustang being at the Laundrie residence on Wednesday, Sept. 15, we now believe the day Brian left to hike in the preserve was Monday, Sept. 13.”
Laundrie's parents say their son, who is known to be a skilled outdoorsman, went for a hike at Sarasota County’s Carlton Reserve. Multiple attempts to find him at that swampy reserve have not been successful.
Laundrie has been named a person of interest in the investigation into his girlfriend Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito’s disappearance. The 22-year-old travel blogger’s remains were found in Wyoming on Sept. 19; she was last seen alive while on a cross-country trip with Laundrie. A federal arrest warrant was issued for his arrest for the unauthorized use of a debit card following Petito’s murder.
Shortly before going missing — and before the search for Petito had begun — Laundrie and his parents visited a Florida campground 75 miles from their home. Their stay there beginning Sept. 6 was confirmed by Bertolino, but he dismissed a theory put forth by reality TV bounty hunter Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman that Laundrie went on the run during that trip. The whole family “left the park together,” he said.
There have since been unconfirmed sightings of Laundrie on The Appalachian Trail in Noth Carolina.
Petito was reported missing by her family on Long Island on Sept. 11, which was 10 days after Laundrie returned alone to his parents’ home.
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