Moab police release new video of Gabby Petito talking about violent fight with Brian Laundrie
Brian Laundrie’s sister, Cassandra Laundrie, must have “misinterpreted” the question when she told Good Morning America that she hadn’t seen her missing brother since he returned to Florida on 1 September without Gabby Petito, the family’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, has said.
Mr Bertolino said on Friday that Ms Laundrie saw her brother on 6 September during a camping trip in Fort DeSoto.
“Law enforcement agencies are well aware of these dates. Any prior communication by Cassie that does not mirror these dates is simply a difference of relating an answer to a question misinterpreted by Cassie or poorly posed by the inquirer,” the lawyer said.
Meanwhile, new bodycam footage following an incident shows Ms Petito telling officers in August that Mr Laundrie hit her.
As the search for Mr Laundrie continues, Dog the Bounty Hunter – or Duane Chapman – claims he is “closing in” on the 23-year-old who was reported missing by his parents on 17 September.
The bounty hunter revealed he is not working closely with police during his search but does have former Navy SEALs and Marines helping him.
The FBI has an arrest warrant for Mr Laundrie over a fraud charge.
A woman who claimed to be a childhood friend of Gabby Petito told a fellow protester on Saturday that she was demanding justice outside the home of Brian Laundrie’s sister because she’d always known “something was off” with her friend’s boyfriend.
The woman, who identified herself as Whitney Conaway and was pushing a baby carriage, said she lived in Port Charlotte, where Ms Petito used to visit her. In the video, filmed and tweeted by ubiquitous protester Jonathan Riches, she said: “I can know you for ten minutes … [and] I’ll know what you’re like. I knew he was toxic.”
Ms Petito, who was found dead in Wyoming last month, had been on a cross-country van trip with Mr Laundrie, the childhood sweetheart she grew up with on Long Island.
He is wanted as a person of interest in her death, which was ruled a homicide after Ms Petito’s remains were discovered last month in Wyoming. But he vanished in addition more than two weeks ago, with his parents telling police on 17 September they hadn’t seen him for several days.
Everyone from authorities to Dog the Bounty Hunter and his team of former military have joined the hunt for Mr Laundrie.
Sheila Flynn3 October 2021 02:00
How long has Brian Laundrie now been missing?
Brian Laundrie, 23, returned home alone to Florida on 1 September from the coast-to-coast trip he’d been taking with his girlfriend, Gabby Petito. He was driving her van but there was no sign of the 22-year-old woman, also originally from Long Island.
Ms Petito was reported missing by her family but Mr Laundrie refused to cooperate with police. His parents told police on 17 September that he, too, was missing and they hadn’t seen him for several days after he left for a wilderness trip.
Ms Petito’s remains were discovered in Wyoming last month and the cause of death was ruled a homicide.
There’s a warrant out for the arrest of Mr Laundrie and authorities continue to comb the backwoods and swamps of Florida where he’s believed to keep. The case has sparked extensive social media, interest, however, and sighting tips have come in from far and wide, with a flurry of calls reporting Mr Laundrie could be on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina.
Sheila Flynn3 October 2021 00:30
Protesters gather outside home of Brian Laundrie’s sister, supporters deliver food
A handful of protesters on Saturday stood in the street outside of the Florida home of missing Brian Laundrie’s sister, Cassie, who has come under recent fire for her comments regarding the investigation. Protesters have been gathering for weeks at the home of Mr Laundrie’s parents, in addition.
The civilians, including Jonathan Riches – who famously appeared in a MAGA hat with a microphone outside the home of the missing man’s parents and has been there every day for two weeks – demanded justice for Gabby Petito.
Mr Riches tweeted a photo of pizza and donuts allegedly delivered on Saturday by their supporters as authorities continued to search for the missing boyfriend.
His sister, Cassie, has given conflicting accounts about when she last saw him and Mr Laundrie’s parents have been harassed for their perceived without of openness.
Sheila Flynn2 October 2021 23:10
Attention for Petito case helped find body of missing Texas man in Wyoming
The attention from the public into the disappearance and death of Gabby Petito helped surge the search efforts that led to the discovery of the body of Bob Lowery, a man from Texas, who like Ms Petito was found in Wyoming.
Ms Petito was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming – the same forest where the 46-year-old Mr Lowery was last seen on 20 August.
Teton County Search and Rescue said on 28 September: “Teton County Search & Rescue conducted a search for Robert ‘Bob’ Lowery at the base of Teton Pass, Wyo., on Tuesday, Sept. 28. After four hours of searching on foot, a team with a search dog located a body fitting Lowery’s description on a steep, timbered slope. Lowery, a 46-year-old man from Houston, hadn’t been seen since August 20.”
They additional: “The extensive news coverage of the Gabby Petito search helped bring light to Lowery’s case, and resulted in at the minimum two members of the public calling local authorities this past weekend with new information about his possible last seen point.”
Gustaf Kilander2 October 2021 21:30
Who is Dog the Bounty Hunter, the reality TV star searching for Brian Laundrie?
The tragic disappearance and death of Gabby Petito was strange enough on its own; a fiance who refused to speak with police arrived home in Florida after a road trip without the woman he claimed to love. Days after she was reported missing, Brian Laundrie disappeared himself, sparking a nationwide manhunt and a public thirsty for answers.
Duane Chapman, better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, is a former reality TV star and bail enforcement agent, otherwise called a “bounty hunter”.
Mr Chapman joined the search for Mr Laundrie in late September, claiming he had more than 1,000 leads and vowing “I will find him”.
The internet exploded at the revelation that the TV persona was on the case. But who is Mr Chapman, and why is his inclusion in the manhunt for Mr Laundrie such a tantalising addition to the already captivating story?
Graig Graziosi2 October 2021 21:00
Voices: Dog the Bounty Hunter is on an unclassy search for Brian Laundrie that will end in tears
Duane Chapman, the blond-mulleted focus of a series of American television shows who more famously refers to himself as “Dog the Bounty Hunter”, has recently embarked on a new hunt. No, it’s not for Trump’s tax returns (which could possibly be useful), or for the Holy Grail. What Chapman is searching for has a first and last name: Brian Laundrie.
Laundrie, a Florida man who has been missing for weeks and who is wanted in connection with the death of Gabby Petito, has piqued the interest of a nation on the edge of their seats. Last week, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Laundrie, just days after the body of his fiancée was found in Wyoming. Despite a demanding search of the surroundings where Petito’s body emerged, Laundrie has remained missing. Whether he is responsible for Petito’s death — and, in fact, whether or not he is already alive — remains an unsolved mystery.
Hannah Selinger2 October 2021 20:27
Neighbours: ‘We hate’ the protesters ‘as much as we hate the Laundries now’
Gustaf Kilander2 October 2021 19:32
Case of disappeared postal worker unresolved after three years
Postal worker Kierra Coles, 26, disappeared three years ago in her home neighbourhood when she was expecting her first child.
Ms Coles was three months pregnant when she disappeared on 2 October 2018 on the south side of Chicago. Her car was found in front of her apartment, including her phone and lunch.
According to the Chicago Police Department, Ms Coles’ case is “a high-risk missing person investigation with possible foul play suspected”.
Her mother, Karen Phillips, says she has not been given any information about the case when she has reached out to law enforcement.
“I could never reach nobody. They’re gone to lunch, they’ll call me back, they’re out of the office. It’s always something,” she told ABC News. “They don’t already reach out and say, ‘Well, Ms Phillips, we’re nevertheless going by this’ … or, ‘We don’t have any new leads.’ Just say something.”
The police department told ABC that they urge “anybody with knowledge of her last whereabouts … to contact the Chicago Police Department”.
“We are seeking any and all information in an attempt to locate her and we won’t stop until we do,” they additional.
Ms Phillips says the situation is “extremely”.
“I went from seeing my child every day – if not seeing her, at the minimum talking to her every day – to not seeing her in three years,” she told ABC. “I try to stay strong for the other kids, I try to not really break down in front of them. But we talk about her all the time, we got pictures everywhere. We just really want her home.”
Gustaf.Kilander2 October 2021 19:00
Protesters bring speaker system to Laundrie home but gets shut down by police
Gustaf.Kilander2 October 2021 18:32
Reddit communities celebrate Brian Laundrie, claiming mistreatment by media
Some communities on Reddit, known as subreddits, have started celebrating Brian Laundrie and making him out to be a martyr who has been mistreated by the media.
One post said Brian Laundrie had been “unfairly maligned,” while another claimed without evidence that Gabby Petito was a “white supremacist,” Insider reported.
“We are closely reviewing communities related to the Gabby Petito case, including the subreddits in question,” a spokesperson told the outlet. “We are enforcing our sitewide policies across the platform and will continue to action the communities, content, and users that violate these policies.”
“Isn’t he a victim of violence too?” one commenter wrote on a subreddit named after Brian Laundrie, seemingly referring to a police video in which he told officers that Ms Petito had hit him when she was getting into their van.
Gustaf Kilander2 October 2021 18:01
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