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Gabby Petito Case: Brian Laundrie’s Neighbors Describe His Return with Van, His Family’s Ensuing Days

by Samantha Whidden
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On Wednesday (September 22nd), neighbors of Gabby Petito’s fiance Brian Laundrie shared details about his now-infamous return home in his van. 

During their interview with Fox News’ The Story, William and Charlene Guthrie stated that the family of Gabby Petito’s fiance appeared to go camping after Laundrie returned from Wyoming without the missing 22-year-old woman. 

The duo also stated that they didn’t know that the van had actually belonged to Gabby Petito. They just assumed that it was Laundrie’s van.

“We just thought they had come back from wherever. We didn’t know they were on a trip,” Charlene said. But she also admitted that she and her husband don’t know much about the young couple. 

William also said the Laundries were packing up a new camper to put on the back of their pickup truck. “I saw them doing some work. And then when they were prepared for their trip, I saw them loading the camper,” he revealed.

The Laundrie’s neighbors add that they found it odd that Gabby Petito’s fiance and his parents would go on a camp trip together in a small camper. 

Law Enforcement Underwater Dive Team Joins in the Search For Gabby Petito’s Fiance Brian Laundrie 

According to CNN, a law enforcement dive team called the Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Force (SURF) was called to help in the search for Gabby Petito’s fiance Brian Laundrie at the Carlton Reserve in Florida on Wednesday. 

The North Port Police in Florida told reporters that the dive team’s arrival does not mean anything has been found. The team is just part of the overall search process. Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, Kaitlyn Perez also confirms, “These divers are specifically trained and very talented in low visibility bodies of water. They dive down where you and I can’t see anything at all.”

Perez also states the dive team utilizes technology and other special equipment to help them get down deep into really deep bodies of water. “So they’re out there right now to recover whatever it is that they might find.”

The North Port Police sent out a tweet on Wednesday evening stating that the ground search for Gabby Petito’s fiance has been halted for the day. Nothing found in the search so far. “We will be back out Thursday, similar operation.”

Brian Laundrie previously returned from his and Gabby Petito’s cross-country road trip without his 22-year-old fiancee. He was last seen on September 14th. his parents filed a missing person’s report on September 17th. He is also believed to be the last person to see Petito alive. Laundrie is already considered a person of interest in the case.