Gabby Petito Case: Brian Laundrie Reportedly Flew Home Before Her Disappearance

by Kati Kuuseoks

Though initial autopsy results confirmed the homicide of Gabby Petito, the exact cause of death remains unknown to the public. Experts in the field remark on this fact as “out of the ordinary.” Then again, not much about this entire case is ordinary. This is especially true of the timeline from Gabby’s initial disappearance. Both the public and officials struggle to corroborate the events that led to her death.

Although Brian’s parents have yet to communicate to the public or media directly, his sister Cassie recently broke her silence. The thing is, Cassie’s timeline, her parents’ timeline, and their lawyer’s timeline seem to be three entirely different timelines. What’s more confusing is the fact that, according to Cassie herself, she and her parents are not on speaking terms anymore. Moreover, Steven Bertolino recently came out to clarify that he represents only Brian and the parents he shares with Cassie as their lawyer, but not Cassie.

Bertolino just dropped another bombshell and this one addresses the fact that Brian Laundrie reportedly flew home to Florida for a brief visit before Gabby Petito’s disappearance.

The Laundrie Family Lawyer Makes Another Brief Statement

Sticking true to his usual method of contact when reaching out to the media, Steven Bertolino texted a reporter from the New York Post to get his statement out. While prior reports already noted Brian’s alleged return to Florida concerning a storage unit, Bertolino minimally addressed such directly. He says the visit lasted from August 17th to August 23rd.

“Brian flew home to obtain some items and empty and close the storage unit to save money as [he and Petito] contemplated extending the road trip. ” He then continued on with the following information. “To my knowledge, Brian and Gabby paid for the flights, as they were sharing expenses.”

Now, the statement never reveals what these “items” are. It also drops new information regarding the duration of the road trip that Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito initially planned to wrap up on Halloween. Never before did the public hear about its potential lengthening.

Regarding the grand scheme of things, this puts the brief Florida visit directly after the Moab incident. The Florida visit also falls directly before the last time anyone saw Gabby in person again.

(Let it be noted that the Moab incident remains under severe scrutiny for its handling. New emails reportedly emerged in the aftermath of its ongoing investigation and they further public criticisms.)

What These Comments Mean for the Gabby Petito Timeline

Unfortunately, the lawyer’s comments don’t really provide much in terms of clarity. Actually, it makes some people even more confused. If the couple really intended to save money, the visit doesn’t quite make sense. A flight alone would prove to be expensive. Gabby’s hotel back in the West for that trip’s entirety also doesn’t seem like a very budget-friendly move.

The only person that may hold answers that no one else does is Brian Laundrie himself. The most recent potential sighting of the wanted man comes from a hiker on the Appalachian Trail. You can read more about his encounter and listen to the 9-1-1 audiotape from his call to authorities here.