LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. — The law firm for Brian Laundrie’s household informed The Write-up on Tuesday that the fugitive flew dwelling to Florida on Aug. 17 — a bombshell assert that throws a wrench in the timeline of the Gabby Petito situation.
Laundrie loved ones attorney Steven Bertolino mentioned Brian returned household for provides and then flew back again to Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah, on Aug. 23 to rejoin Petito.
Brian’s temporary sojourn property would have occur right after the couple’s now-notorious struggle in Utah that concerned cops and right before her entire body was located in a nationwide forest last month.
“Brian flew residence to receive some items and empty and shut the storage unit to save cash as [he and Petito] contemplated extending the highway journey,” Bertolino wrote in a text to The Write-up.
“To my knowledge, Brian and Gabby compensated for the flights, as they were sharing expenses,” the attorney claimed.
Cassie Laundrie Luycx, Laundrie’s sister, experienced claimed Monday that her 23-year-aged brother was back at their parents’ house in North Port two months in advance of authorities explained he drove to the residence in Petito’s white Ford Transit van devoid of her, NewsNation claimed in a report.
Witnesses experienced documented spotting Brian and Petito at a Wyoming cafe Aug. 27 — many times after Bertolino explained Laundrie flew back again out West. Aug. 27 was the final working day Petito was seen alive.
Laundrie confirmed up at his parents’ household in Florida with her van Sept. 1 and went tenting with his mother, dad and sister at the Fort De Soto campground right until Sept. 7, the family’s law firm said.
Laundrie was documented lacking by his mother and father on Sept. 17. His mom and dad instructed cops he went for a hike a few times earlier and disappeared.
Petito’s physique was uncovered Sept. 19 at a distant campsite at the Teton-Bridger Nationwide Forest in Wyoming, with a coroner later on declaring her loss of life a homicide.
Laundrie, the sole particular person of fascination in the scenario, is now the subject matter of a large manhunt by the FBI.
The revelation that Laundrie flew house in mid-August implies that Laundrie and Petito separated at some position immediately after they had been stopped by police in Moab, Utah, on Aug. 12 and questioned over experiences of a domestic incident, and then reunited.
Cops in Moab did not file felony prices versus possibly Laundrie or Petito but separated them for the night, taking him to a area resort and leaving her with her van.
Petito, 22, posted a image on Instagram on Aug. 19 that appears to show Laundrie within her van, but it is mysterious when that picture was really taken.
Petito previous spoke to her mom Aug. 25. She was previous found with Laundrie two days later on, at the Merry Piglet restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where witnesses explained Laundrie got into an “aggressive” spat with the staff.