Brian Laundrie

‘No case is perfect’: Police Admit to Major Mistake in Brian Laundrie Investigation, Saw Him Leave Home [Report]

The officers responsible for watching out for Laundrie claimed they mistook Brian for his mother

The North Port Police Department in Florida admitted to a costly mistake that ended up costing law enforcement hours of manpower and taxpayers a lot of money.

According to Wink News, North Point police set up cameras around the Laundrie home, but they were also supposed to be watching 23-year-old Laundrie when the cameras strategy proved to be unsuccessful.

Officers watching Laundrie reportedly said they saw him leave his parents’ North Port home in a grey Mustang on September 13 and return a few days later. The information turned out to be false.

Laundrie’s mother, Roberta Laundrie, was the person seen returning home in the Mustang on September 15, the outlet reports. The officers responsible for watching out for Laundrie claimed they mistakenly got the pair mixed up since “North Port Police believe Brian Laundrie looks very much like his mother.”

“They’re kind of built similarly,” public information officer for NPPD, Josh Taylor, said. “I believe it was it was his mom who was wearing a baseball cap,”

On September 16, North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison told reporters that he knew where Laundrie was but didn’t offer specifics.

“All I’m going to say is we know where Brian Laundrie is at,” Garrison said, apparently thinking that Laundrie was inside his parents’ home, which, at the time, was being watched by police.

North Port, Fla., police officer block the entrance to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in North Port, Fla. Items believed to belong to Brian Laundrie and potential human remains were found in a Florida wilderness park during a search for clues in the slaying of Gabby Petito . (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

On September 17, Laundrie’s parents reported him missing. They claimed they found the grey Mustang at the Carlton Reserve in Florida and drove it back home after noticing a parking ticket left on the vehicle.

“When the family reported him on Friday, that was certainly news to us that they had not seen him,” Taylor said. “We thought that we seen Brian initially come back into that home on that Wednesday.”

“They had returned from the park with that Mustang. So who does that? Right? Like, if you think your son’s missing since Tuesday, you’re going to bring his car back to the home. So it didn’t make sense that anyone would do that if he wasn’t there. So the individual getting out with a baseball cap we thought was Brian.”

Taylor reportedly added that “no case is perfect.”

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Laundrie was wanted on a felony warrant following the death of 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.

A memorial for Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito is seen in her hometown of Blue Point, New York, on Tuesday, September 28, 202. Petito, 22, was slain while on a cross-country trip with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

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.”

Last week, 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.

Laundrie’s parents reportedly stumbled upon some of his belongings, while authorities found his remains nearby.

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