Gabby Petito: Brian Laundrie’s Mom Reportedly Changed Camping Reservations Before He Came Home

by Amy Myers

While police are certainly focusing much of their energy on locating Brian Laundrie, they’re also reviewing past evidence for any new details. Much of this evidence involves interactions between Laundrie and Gabby Petito as well as his parents.

In the past, this is where authorities collected most of their information about the fugitive’s behaviors following Petito’s disappearance. Now, new details have emerged that are starting to paint a more detailed picture of Brian Laundrie’s movements.

According to Fox News, new documents have become available regarding the Laundries’ camping reservation at Fort De Soto in Florida. On August 24, before Brian Laundrie’s return from Grand Teton National Park, Roberta Laundrie made the reservation for two people. They planned to stay at the campsite from September 1-3. However, on August 31, they changed the number of occupants and dates of the reservation to three people for September 6-8.

Without the context of Brian Laundrie’s movements, this information might not seem helpful. However, as investigators know, the fugitive returned to his parents’ house on September 1 without Gabby Petito. Originally, the two had been traveling the country visiting national parks in their van. Without knowledge of their son’s early return, they would have no reason to change the reservation. An anonymous employee of the company that manages Fort De Soto’s reservation system further confirms this line of thinking. The source believes that Roberta and Christopher knew Brian Laundrie would be coming home on August 31 and changed their camping plans to accommodate their son.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe suggested that police should bring Laundrie’s parents in for further questioning regarding the new information.

Dog the Bounty Hunter Reveals Tip Regarding Brian Laundrie’s Stay at Fort Desoto

The Laundries followed through with their camping plans, arriving on the 6th and leaving on the 8th. However, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman revealed a tip regarding the camping trip that suggested that the Laundries were there for more than just family bonding.

“Allegedly, what we’re hearing, is two people left [the campsite] on the 8th,” Chapman told Fox News. “Three people came in on the 6th, and two people left on the 8th. I think he’s been here for sure. We think at least if he’s not here right now, we are sure he was caught on camera as he went in the gate — that he was here for sure. Not over in the swamp.” 

At the time, investigators were still searching the Carlson Reserve, an hour south from Fort De Soto Park. According to Daily Mail, a spokeswoman for the Pinella County Sherriff’s Office stated at the time that police were not conducting an investigation at the park, as they did not know of any “confirmed sightings of Brian.”