Chris Laundrie, Brian’s father, will finally aid the investigation and help police search the area for his son. Police searching the Florida natural reserve for Brian Laundrie have discovered the remnants of a campsite that some are connecting to Brian Laundrie.
But so far there have been no direct links found between the campsite and Brian Laundrie.
Meanwhile, countless people on Twitter find it hard to believe that Chris Laundrie finally has an interest in helping authorities find his son.
Many feel it should be viewed as “too little, too late.”
Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino told reporters that Chris Laundrie arrived at the Florida reserve Thursday morning, and will begin to help police with their search. “Chris was asked to point out any favorite trails or spots that Brian may have used in the preserve,” Bertolino said. “Although Chris and Roberta Laundrie provided this information verbally 3 weeks ago it is now thought that on-site assistance may be better.”
The Florida preserve, which has been closed to the public while authorities search for Brian, spans a 24,565-acre wilderness.
The Laundrie family attorney alleged that Chris Laundrie had been “cooperating” with the FBI, but that while the preserve was closed off to the public, he was not allowed to join the search.
“Since the preserve has been closed to the public Chris has not been able to look for Brian in the only place Chris and Roberta believe Brian may be,” Bertolino said, claiming that the family had to wait until authorities invited them to the site to help police.
Brian Laundrie, who has been missing since Sep. 17, has been labeled a “person of interest” by the FBI since going into hiding following the mysterious death of his fiancé, Gabby Petito.
The couple disappeared after a cross-country round trip, until Brian Laundrie returned home to Florida without Gabby. Her remains were later found in a Wyoming national park, and her cause of death has since been updated to a homicide.
Though Brian Laundrie has not yet been charged in the crime, he is a major suspect in the investigation, especially after going into hiding for so long and evading authorities.
Brian’s dad, Chris Laundrie, reported his son missing over two weeks ago, telling authorities that he went to the Florida reserve with nothing but a backpack and never came back home.
“To my knowledge, he’s a backpacker,” Bertolino, the family attorney told Insider. A source close to the family alleged that Brian once stayed in the Appalachian Mountains by himself “for months.”
“I believe he bragged about that, like he’s good at that stuff,” Gabby’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, told Dr. Phil Wednesday morning.
Distraught and clearly frustrated, Gabby’s entire family sat for a two-part interview with Dr. Phil, totaling over an hour of exclusive testimony.
Gabby’s father, Joseph Petito, said that he wanted to see Brian found alive so that he could spend his life beyond bars. As far as investigators are confirmed, however, they have yet to find evidence that Brian was involved in Gabby Petito’s death despite his mysterious movements. Due to his lengthy disappearance, the FBI has not even been able to hear his side of the story.
“I want to see him in a jail cell for the rest of his life where–he’s an outdoorsman–being in that concrete cell and he can’t go see those trees and hug, and smell the fresh air like that,” said Joseph Petito.
“You’re only making it worse,” Jim Schmidt, Gabby’s step-father told Dr. Phil, as his message to Brian. “Let us have some closure. Let us come to an end to this tragic period and just move on and be able to remember Gabby for all the wonderful memories we had with her.”