In a new development in the Gabby Petito case, the father of Brian Laundrie has been spotted for the first time since he reported his son missing. This is according to video footage obtained by Fox News. In the video, Laundrie’s father enters his home, which has been thoroughly searched since the disappearance of Gabby Petito and now Brian Laundrie as well.
Per CNN, Brian Laundrie returned to his parent’s home in Florida on September 1st with their van but without Gabby. Petito and Laundrie were on a trip together, touring around the united states in a van, posting about their adventures online. Petito had nearly one million followers on Instagram, but she suddenly stopped posting in late august.
Around that same time, Petito and her mother exchanged a series of concerning text messages that implied her relationship with Brian Laundrie was taking a turn for the worse.
These text messages are backed by August 12th police bodycam footage confronting the couple. Petito was then separated from Laundrie for a night before returning to him the next day.
The 9-1-1 call that lead to that exchange, however, reported that they saw Laundrie slapping Petito near Arches National Park in Utah.
“We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl,” the witness says on the 9-1-1 call. “Then we stopped. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car, and they drove off.”
When Petito’s family reported her missing on September 11th, Laundrie refused to talk.
Authorities found a body matching her description, and the FBI just confirmed today that it was Gabby Petito. The coroner ruled her death a homicide. Authorities found the body in an undeveloped camping area in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Brian Laundrie Remains Missing as Police Search For Him
According to CNN, Brian Laundrie has yet to be charged with anything, but he’s still one of the last people to see her alive. On Friday night, Laundrie’s family told police that they hadn’t seen him since the 14th. They claimed he left with a backpack and said that he was going to the Carlton Reserve, a patch of wilderness nearby.
“A weekend ground search and aerial search Monday of the 25-thousand-acre preserve has yet to yield any answers, but we must press on,” the North Port Police reported on Facebook. CNN reports that they have picked up the search again today.
A manhunt is underway to find Laundrie, but there’s been no luck in finding him so far.
“Anyone with information concerning Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts should contact the FBI,” Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in a statement.