New York – Police in North Port, Florida are calling Brian Laundry a person of interest in the case of Gabrielle Petito, a missing woman from Long Island who hasn’t been seen for weeks.
Petito was on a cross-country road trip with the laundry.
North Port Police say they are now the principal investigative agency in partnership with the FBI, but will continue to work with the Suffolk County Police Department.
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A van believed to be traveling west was found in a house she shared with her boyfriend and her parents in North Port. The FBI searched it on Tuesday evening.
Police say Laundry has not made itself available for interviews by investigators or provided any useful details.
They say he returned home 10 days before Petito’s family reported him missing.
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“As a father, I can imagine Gabby’s family going through pain and suffering,” North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison said. “We have been requesting anyone, including Brian, to share information about his whereabouts over the past few weeks. A lack of information from Brian is hindering this investigation.”
The FBI has set up a national hotline to receive suggestions. 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324). Hundreds of suggestions have come in and they are being investigated by several law enforcement organizations.
Police are also investigating the removal of Gabrielle’s Instagram page this week.
Gabby Petito is pictured in provided, undated images. (Photo Credit: North Port Police Department)
East Islip attorney Steven P. Bertolino issued the following statement Tuesday on behalf of the Laundry family.
It added: “This is an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundry family.
It is our understanding that a search has been conducted for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. On behalf of the Laundry family, it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is reunited with her family.”
The statement ends with: “The Laundry family is currently remaining in the background on the advice of attorney and will not comment further.”
On Wednesday, police in Florida said, “Staying in the background is not enough.”
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