The lawyer representing Brian Laundrie’s parents has presented a new timeline of Brian’s disappearance, revealing that he went missing earlier than the Laundries initially told police.
As previously reported, Laundrie’s parents told authorities on September 17 that they had not seen their son since September 14, when they said he went for a hike in Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida. Laundrie is a person of interest in the disappearance and death of his girlfriend Gabby Petito, who was found dead on September 19 in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Laundrie had returned to his Florida home, without Petito, on September 1 with Petito’s converted camper van that couple had been traveling in on a cross-country road trip over the summer. Petito was reported missing on September 11, and authorities said they were unable to speak to Laundrie before he disappeared. His whereabouts remain unknown.
As News Nation Now reporter Brian Entin shared on Twitter, the Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino now says that Brian Laundrie’s parents last saw him on September 13, not September 14.
Laundrie attorney Mr. Bertolino now says Brian left for the hike on Mon Sept 13, not Tues Sept. 14 like parents originally said.
Full Bertolino statement:
"The Laundries were basing the date Brian left on their recollection of certain events. Upon further communication…
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) October 5, 2021
“The Laundries were basing the date Brian left on their recollection of certain events. Upon further communication with the FBI and confirmation of the Mustang being at the Laundrie residence on Wednesday September 15, we now believe the day Brian left to hike in the preserve was Monday September 13,” Bertolino said in a statement provided to Entin.
Earlier Tuesday, Bertolino also confirmed that Laundrie took a break from the road trip in August and returned to Florida five days, purportedly to clear out a storage space as a way to save money.
“Brian flew home to Tampa from SLC on 08/17 and returned to SLC on 08/23 to rejoin Gabby. To my knowledge Brian and Gabby paid for the flights as they were sharing expenses,” the lawyer said in a statement given to Entin. “Brian flew home to obtain some items and empty and close the storage unit to save money as they contemplated extending the road trip.”
Laundrie’s whereabouts remain unknown.