a lawyer for Brian Laundry, who remains missing as officers investigate the murder of his fiancée, Gabby Petito, revealed on Tuesday that his parents had last seen him longer than previously reported.
When Laundry’s parents reported their 23-year-old son missing on September 17, they said they had last seen him when he left his Florida home on September 14 to live in a nearby nature reserve. had left. He drove the family to the Ford Mustang, his parents said, and when he didn’t return they picked up the car and took it home.
But the family’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, said in a text to reporters that the laundry had left the day before, on Sept. 13 for its 25,000-acre nature hike, and that when he spoke to law enforcement, he changed the timeline. remembered incorrectly.
“The laundry was basing the date on when Brian recalled some of the events,” Bertolino said. “Upon further communication with the FBI and after confirmation of the Mustang being at the laundry residence on Wednesday 15 September, we now believe that the day Brian hiked to the protected area was Monday 13 September.”
This means that her parents waited four days, not three, to report her missing, although it is not clear when they were due to visit her home.
The uncertainty about when he last saw his son is also sure to raise questions, given the importance of that time period. When Laundry left for that hike, it was already under scrutiny: After Petito’s parents reported their 22-year-old daughter was missing, her disappearance began to gain traction in the news and on social media. and public outcry was heading towards the laundry. Which the police refused to cooperate with.
Just two weeks earlier, he had returned home alone with Petito from an extended road trip that they were documenting on social media, and neither he nor anyone in his family has commented on whether he was with her. Why was it not? On September 19, officers found Pettito’s remains in Wyoming, where witnesses had seen the camper van she was traveling in with laundry. His death was soon ruled a homicide.
This isn’t the first time a laundry lawyer has corrected information about Petito’s behavior and interactions in the days following his disappearance. Last week, Bertolino said that his sister Cassie Laundry actually saw him twice in that time period. This surprised many, as his sister said in an earlier “Good Morning America” interview that was reported of her disappearance: “I couldn’t talk to her. I wish I could talk to her,” when Asked to describe what’s “the weirdest thing you know about all of this.”
Laundry hasn’t been made suspect in Pettito’s death, but he has been Found guilty For unauthorized use of a debit card to withdraw more than $1,000 during the period of Petito’s disappearance. A lawyer for the Petito family said on Tuesday that he would use his daughter’s card.