Christopher and Roberta Laundrie have made the FBI’s job that much harder. Brian Laundrie is one of the most hunted men in America right now, and his parents have given the police no help in locating their son. Though the FBI still haven’t named their son as a suspect in the Gabby Petito case, it is clear that Brian Laundrie does not want to be found.
Could Brian Laundrie’s parents be considered accessories after the fact or for obstruction of justice? Those answers are not yet clear. But what is clear is they are committed to disclosing as little information as possible.
The Laundries live in a now-notorious one-story home North Port, on Wabasso Avenue. On Sept. 20, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigations escorted them from the home in order to search it thoroughly, then brought them back inside for questioning.
Neighbors held a candlelight vigil for Gabby on Sept. 25, at which speakers urged Brian to “come forward and explain what happened.”
The family’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, says that Christopher and Roberta Landrie do not know where Brian is.
Christopher and Roberta Went Camping With Brian
One of the problems is that Christopher, Roberta, and Brian were all together at a campground at the Fort De Soto Park. They knew where he was on Sept. 6 and 7. It seems very likely they knew the direction he was headed when they parted ways.
One theory is that Brian’s parents left Fort De Soto Park on Sept. 8, but Brian remained there.
The park consists of five offshore keys on the Gulf coast of Florida about 8 miles south of St. Perersburg.
Duane (“Dog the bounty hunter”) Chapman has become a high-profile part of the search. Chapman claims that he has evidence that the Laundrie family was at the park twice in the brief period between his return, alone, from his cross-country trip, Sept. 1, and his reported disappearance.
A much-retweeted request from a Twitter user who calls herself “Kelly” said: “If you are currently at or have been to #FortDeSotoPark and campgrounds this month please be on alert and check all of your camera / video footage for #BrianLaundrie.”
Was Brian Laundrie Ever in Carlton Reserve?
At one stage in the investigation the working theory of authorities seemed to be that Brian Landrie had disappeared within the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000 acre nature preserve. Searches there have been fruitless, and they have been scaled back.
Social media sleuths have observed that Fort De Soto Park is a much more fugitive-friendly place than the Carlton Reserve. And now authorities are also searching the Appalachian Trail.
If it turns out that Brian Laundrie has been there, and has never been in the Reserve, then the significant use of hours and other resources in the search of the reserve will have been a misguided wild-goose search, and one that Christopher and Roberta Laundrie could have likely prevented.
Through Bertolino, the family has said: “The speculation by the public and some in the press that the parents assisted Brian in leaving the family home or in avoiding arrest on a warrant that was issued after Brian had already been missing for several days is just wrong.”