After media reports called into question whether Cassie Laundrie was telling the truth about her last interactions with her brother, Brian Laundrie’s sister has spoken to the media about the search for her brother — and his girlfriend Gabby Petito’s death.
Cassie Laundrie and her husband spoke to reporters from News Nation Now outside their Florida home on Monday evening. Cassie said in the interview that investigators had asked her not to make public comments, but that she felt she could no longer stay silent as the media disruption was upsetting her children.
“This is not what we want to be doing,” Cassie Laundrie said. “This is not how we want the world to find out when we’re angry and upset. But I can’t have my kids be crying for three days in a row.”
Asked if she believes her brother killed Petito, who was found dead in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Park on September 19, Cassie said, “I don’t know.”
She also addressed an earlier interview in which she said she had not spoken to her brother. That interview has come into question amid confirmed reports that Cassie joined her brother and parents on a camping trip the first week of September, after Brian Laundrie returned to Florida without his girlfriend.
Cassie Laundrie told reporters outside her home that her quote was taken out of context, as she was referring to not having spoken to her brother since she learned that Gabby Petito was missing — not before. She said her comments were in response to a reporter asking her what “the weirdest thing” was about the situation involving her brother and Petito.
“I was misquoted inside the article,” Cassie said in the interview with News Nation Now.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Brian Laundrie’s parents waited three days to tell police 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. Further, Gabby Petito’s father Joe Petito has said that Laundrie’s parents have refused to speak to his family or answer questions about what happened to Gabby.
“[I’m] just as baffled and blown away as everybody else” about her parents’ refusal to comment, Cassie Laundrie said, adding that she has not been able to speak to them since the start of the investigation.
“I’m in the boat where I’m getting ignored by my family and thrown under the bus by my family’s attorney,” she said.
In an interview with “Good Morning America” that aired Tuesday morning, Cassie Laundrie said she does not know where her brother is, and that she would “turn him in” if she did.
She also addressed a visit from her brother and her parents on September 1, just after he returned from the cross-country road trip without Petito. Cassie Laundrie said her family drove to her home in Brian’s Mustang, and that she did not realize at the time that her brother had come back from the road trip with the converted camper van he and Petito had been traveling in.
“I really wish he had come to me first that day with the van, because I don’t think we’d be here,” Cassie Laundrie said.
.@ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Brian Laundrie's sister urges him to “come forward” amid nationwide search.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 5, 2021
Cassie also said she doesn’t know if her parents have any involvement with or knowledge of Brian’s disappearance.
“I don’t know if my parents are involved. I think if they are, they should come clean,” Cassie said.
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