Attorney for the Laundrie family admitted on Friday, Oct. 8, that parents of now missing Brian Laundrie may have recollected inconsistent information about the time he disappeared.
“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,” said Brian’s attorney Steven Bertolino, according to CNN.
Brian Laundrie, 23, is the sole person of interest in the death of his 22-year-old girlfriend Gabby Petito, who was reported missing on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Petito’s body was found on Sept. 19.
Brian Laundries’ parents originally recalled looking for Brian the day after he left home with a backpack.
They said they found his Ford Mustang abandoned on Wednesday but would not retrieve it until the next morning because they thought he may come back.
The Mustang was verified to be at the Laundrie house on Wednesday, thus the timing did not add up.
“The Laundries were basing the date Brian left on their recollection of certain events,” Bertolino explained.
“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,” he added.
As the manhunt continues for the third week since Brian’s disappearance to no avail, Bertolino said that Brian’s parents believe authorities have been searching in the right place.
“No, they don’t believe he’s in another area,” he said. “They believe he is in the preserve.”
As of this Thursday, Christopher Laundrie, father of Brian, has officially joined the search crew, according to Fox News.
Brian was on a cross-country trip with Petito. The couple was in a fight that involved law enforcement’s presence on Aug. 12. Brian was known to have flown back to Florida on Aug. 17 and resumed his trip with Petito on Aug. 23.
Petito’s family was last able to contact her on Aug. 25. However, witnesses saw her with Brian in a restaurant two days later.
Then as of Sept. 1, Brian returned to his parents’ home in Petito’s white van without her. The Petito family filed a missing person case on Sept. 11.
Petito’s stepfather said that the couple was engaged and nearly got married in Florida, but their ceremony had been put on hold due to COVID-19.