Lawyer for Laundry’s family has said Brian Laundry’s father Christopher Laundry will help Florida police find his missing son, a “person of interest” in the Gabby Pettito murder case.
Steven Bertolino said on Wednesday that a North Port Police detective sought Mr Laundry’s help in locating his son, who was last seen on September 13, just before the FBI found Petito’s remains.
“Chris Laundry was asked to assist law enforcement in the search for Brian under today’s protection,” Mr. Bertolino reported. Fox News on Wednesday. “Since the preserve is closed to the public, Chris has not been able to find Brian in the only place Chris and Roberta believe Brian may be.”
Although Mr Laundry was not involved in the search on Wednesday, he and his wife Roberta Laundry “hope there will be another opportunity to assist”, Mr Bertolino said, adding that police had to “postpone” the father’s involvement.
However, North Port Police has denied the claims and said it was against the procedure.
“In no world would we be the agency asking the family to help with the FBI-led investigation,” said North Port Police Department chief spokesman Josh Taylor. There is no official statement from the FBI yet on this matter.
After the police’s denial, Mr Bertolino said he stood by his statement, but added that the request “probably” came from “contacts with the FBI”.
Mr Bertolino said the police wanted to “decriminalize some of the places in the park that Brian used to go to in the past”, according to newsday. “I think they are narrowing down their search based on their inability to locate Brian in the past.”
Carlton Reserve has been the focus of the search for Mr. Laundry for the past two weeks. Police activity in the Carlton Reserve intensified on Wednesday after several days of searches.
Petito was traveling across the United States with her partner Brian Laundry, 23, before she was reported missing. His companion returned home without him and no one had heard from him in weeks until his body was found.
Petito, of Long Island’s Blue Point, was last seen on August 24, when she checked out of a Salt Lake City hotel with her partner of two and a half years, Mr. According to the police, on the evening of September 11, his family had informed him about his disappearance. The last time she was seen she was at a traffic-stopping by police – security footage from which shows the couple was in a physical fight.
Christopher and Roberta Laundry have so far remained silent amid an intense public investigation into the dead travel blogger’s case and an ongoing FBI search. Chris, 62, and Roberta, 55, live in a generally quiet suburban neighborhood in North Port, population 75,000, about 50 miles north of Fort Myers.
Like their son Brian, the couple led a nomadic life; Public records show Chris has lived throughout New York State, including Woodhaven, Bayport, Bohemia, Maspeth, Forest Hills and Seville.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Brian Laundrie