Gabby Petito Case: Police Speak on ‘Oddness’ of Investigation

by Josh Lanier

People have speculated about the Laundrie family’s involvement in helping their son escape police since he vanished nearly a month ago. Police want to question Brian Laundrie about the death of his fiancee, Gabby Petito. But the story the Laundries gave police never fully made sense, North Port police said. And they’ve acted oddly from the investigation began.

“I don’t necessarily know what to believe anymore. I think it’s perfectly possible that they’re expressing what they know […] but we’ll see,” police spokesman Josh Taylor told The Sun. “We’ve said from the beginning there’s a lot of oddness here, a lot of things that just didn’t make sense.

“I mean your son walks out there, now they’re saying on a Monday, to report that on a Friday, and then be confused about what day that was. … There are a lot of things that are odd there.”

Brian Laundrie returned home alone from a two-month cross-country trip with Gabby Petito on Sept. 1. The parents of Gabbie Petito say they tried for days to get information on what happened from Laundrie and his parents, but they wouldn’t respond. They reported Gabby missing on Sept. 11, but the Laundries stonewalled investigators.

Three days later, Laundrie reportedly told his parents that he was going for a hike in a nearby nature preserve and never returned. Though, his parents didn’t report him missing for days. Police haven’t found any evidence that Brian Laundrie went to the Carlton Reserve, as his parents claim. That includes his car. His family said they picked it up days after he left home.

Wouldn’t he need it if he was there?

Brian Laundrie’s dad went with investigators to the preserve recently to show them Brian’s favorite trails and places to hike. But they returned without finding anything.

Where is Brian Laundrie? Ex-FBI Agent Has A Theory

People have reported seeing Brian Laundrie all over the Southeast. One man says he’s 100 percent sure he saw Laundrie while hiking the Appalachian Trail. And several other people in that area along the Tennessee and North Carolina border also claim they saw the wanted fugitive.

So far, police haven’t found him in that area.

Former FBI Agent Terry Turchie said Laundrie is most likely not hiding in a cave or out in a nature preserve open to the elements. He thinks investigators should look for him in “his comfort zone,” he told Fox News.

“Clearly he’s not out in some camp or some cave somewhere on the hard, cold ground or … snake, gator-infested water. He’s somewhere where he’s probably being taken care of,” Turchie said. “When you see how he came running home after something obviously happened, that kind of tells you what he’s probably doing now.”

FBI agents found the body of Gabby Petito in a Wyoming national park several weeks ago. A medical examiner ruled her death a homicide. Investigators list Laundrie as a person of interest and not a suspect. Though, they did issue a warrant for his arrest for allegedly using a bank card that belonged to Gabby Petito after she went missing.