In the past, Brian Laundrie’s family has received criticism for not cooperating with the investigation. Gabby Petito’s family, in particular, has vocalized their frustrations with both Laundrie and his family in regards to their daughter’s death. Laundrie’s own disappearance, as well as discrepancies in the family’s statements, has led to a standstill in the case. However, recent reports have declared that the Laundries are now more involved with the investigation. Recently, the fugitive’s father has even provided hands-on assistance to the police in their search efforts.
On Thursday, Christopher Laundrie visited the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida with police. While there, the 62-year-old father spent roughly three-and-a-half hours with the police, assisting where he could. The family’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, added that Chris pointed out trails that he has frequented with his son. Unfortunately, no new information surfaced from the father’s help.
“Today Chris Laundrie accompanied members of law enforcement into the Reserve to show them the trails and places Chris and Brian have hiked and which Brian was known to frequent,” Bertolino stated. “There were no discoveries but the effort was helpful to all. It seems the water in the Preserve is receding and certain areas are more accessible to search.”
Bertolino claimed that the family provided an oral description of these areas three weeks prior to the joint-effort search. However, the lawyer shared that “on-site assistance may be better.”
Fox News caught a clip of the father returning to his North Port home in a red Dodge RAM 1500. Of course, reporters called after Brian Laundrie’s father with questions regarding the search as soon as he exited his truck. Specifically, they wanted to know if any new details emerged from his assistance. The 62-year-old did not respond to these queries and instead re-entered his home.
Investigators Move Search for Brian Laundrie to Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park
Since his parents reported Brian Laundrie missing, the FBI and responding police departments have scoured natural areas where they believe the 23-year-old fugitive may be hiding. This includes the Carlton Reserve and now Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
Like the Carlton Reserve, the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park consists of “heavily wooded land” and is close to Brian Laundrie’s home in North Port. Despite the 160 acres of tough terrain, locals claim that it is possible for Laundrie to survive here, as there is fresh water and public restrooms. The area also has a large population of homeless individuals, and volunteer groups leave food and supplies for them at the environmental park.
Investigators have also received tips from hikers that believe they saw Brian Laundrie along the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. However, police continue to focus the majority of their efforts on the location in Florida.