A family attorney addressed questions on Wednesday in connection with Brian Laundrie, a Florida fugitive who disappeared after reportedly leaving his fiancee, Gabby Petito, in Wyoming, where she was found deceased.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Brian Laundrie was wanted on a felony warrant following the death of 22-year-old Petito. Laundrie and Petito embarked on their cross-country trip in July, but by September 1, Laundrie returned to his parents’ North Port, Florida, home with Gabby’s van, but without Gabby.
On September 19, authorities found Gabby’s deceased body in a remote area at the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. According to Teton County coroner, Dr. Blue, Gabby died from strangulation; her death has been listed as a homicide.
Authorities issued the warrant for Laundrie after he allegedly used a Capitol One Bank debit card without permission following Gabby’s death. Laundrie is said to have used the card between August 30 and September 1, “knowingly and with intent to defraud.”
On Thursday, the FBI announced that Laundrie’s remains were found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida.
Laundrie’s parents reportedly told authorities that Laundrie fled to the Carlton Reserve while highly upset on September 13, even though his father begged him to stay at home. Chris Laundrie told his attorney that Brian Laundrie claimed he wanted to get some fresh air and take a hike at the reserve.
Bertolino said that the Laundries didn’t know that their son would disappear and never return.
“What I can tell you is that Brian was very upset when he left,” lawyer Steve Bertolino told NBC News Now. “And Chris conveyed to me several times that he wished he didn’t let him go but he couldn’t stop him. This has been a painful saga for them since September 13. It’s been a long haul.”
“But Brian was a grown man, a young man, 22 years old; he wanted to walk out the door, he walked out the door.”
Bertolino also touched on the groups of protesters who have been outside of the Laundrie home in North Port, Florida. The crowd has continued to show up at the home despite the news of Laundrie’s death.
“The fact that the Laundries have been subjected to these people outside the front of their house for the last four weeks, and they continue out there today, is just making it more difficult.”
“I would like America to know that Chris and Roberta Laundrie are parents. They have feelings. They have children. One of their children has been confirmed as dead. This is a loss of a loved one. People outside their home – go home, give them a break, please go home. Even for one night. Please and thank you.”
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