LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. — The lawyer for Brian Laundrie’s household advised The Post on Tuesday that the fugitive flew house to Florida on Aug. 17 — a bombshell declare that throws a wrench within the timeline of the Gabby Petito case.
Laundrie household lawyer Steven Bertolino mentioned Brian returned house for provides after which flew again to Salt Lake City, Utah, on Aug. 23 to rejoin Petito.
Brian’s temporary sojourn house would have come after the couple’s now-infamous struggle in Utah that concerned cops and earlier than her physique was present in a nationwide forest final month.
“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,” Bertolino wrote in a textual content to The Post.
“To my knowledge, Brian and Gabby paid for the flights, as they were sharing expenses,” the lawyer mentioned.
Cassie Laundrie Luycx, Laundrie’s sister, had claimed Monday that her 23-year-old brother was again at their mother and father’ house in North Port two weeks earlier than authorities mentioned he drove to the home in Petito’s white Ford Transit van with out her, NewsNation said in a report.
Witnesses had reported recognizing Brian and Petito at a Wyoming restaurant Aug. 27 — a number of days after Bertolino mentioned Laundrie flew again out West. Aug. 27 was the final day Petito was seen alive.
Laundrie confirmed up at his mother and father’ house in Florida together with her van Sept. 1 and went tenting along with his mother, dad and sister on the Fort De Soto campground till Sept. 7, the household’s lawyer mentioned.
Laundrie was reported lacking by his mother and father on Sept. 17. His mother and father advised cops he went for a hike three days earlier and disappeared.
Petito’s physique was discovered Sept. 19 at a distant campsite on the Teton-Bridger National Forest in Wyoming, with a coroner later declaring her loss of life a murder.
Laundrie, the only individual of curiosity within the case, is now the topic of a large manhunt by the FBI.
The revelation that Laundrie flew house in mid-August means that Laundrie and Petito separated in some unspecified time in the future after they have been stopped by police in Moab, Utah, on Aug. 12 and questioned over stories of a home incident, after which reunited.
Cops in Moab didn’t file prison fees in opposition to both Laundrie or Petito however separated them for the night time, taking him to a neighborhood lodge and leaving her together with her van.
Petito, 22, posted a photo on Instagram on Aug. 19 that seems to point out Laundrie inside her van, however it’s unknown when that picture was truly taken.
Petito final spoke to her mother Aug. 25. She was final seen with Laundrie two days later, on the Merry Piglet restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyo., the place witnesses mentioned Laundrie acquired into an “aggressive” spat with the workers.