As the manhunt for Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie enters its third week, questions are mounting about how he’s been in a position to elude authorities this lengthy and whether or not his mother and father could have helped give him a head begin.

Parents Chris and Roberta Laundrie haven’t been accused of any wrongdoing, however critics have taken to scrutinizing their actions within the weeks following the disappearance of their former future daughter-in-law, Gabby Petito, who was discovered lifeless in Wyoming at a campsite she shared with their son. They stated nothing about the truth that she was lacking and went on a Labor Day tenting journey.

“If they provided false information to law enforcement that let Brian Laundrie take off and get a week head start, or if the parents sent law enforcement on a wild goose chase, searching the preserve when he wasn’t there, there’s certainly a basis to charge them,” stated Neama Rahmani, a former authorized prodigy and federal prosecutor.

Brian Laundrie's father leaving his house

Brian Laundrie’s father leaving his home
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The Laundrie household has stored nearly fully quiet since Petito’s disappearance despite the fact that she lived with them.


Their son returned dwelling from a street journey out west – in her van however with out her – Sept. 1. The household stated nothing for 10 days, and Petito’s mom reported her lacking on Sept. 11 after repeated unsuccessful makes an attempt to make contact with the 23-year-old Long Island native.

An FBI-led search workforce discovered her stays close to Grand Teton National Park eight days later at a campsite the place she stayed within the van with Laundrie on the finish of August.

So far, Laundrie has been described as an individual of curiosity within the Petito case however charged solely with debit card fraud for allegedly utilizing another person’s financial institution card with out permission and withdrawing greater than $1,000.

“Since he lawyered up right away, I doubt they made any statements,” stated Pat Diaz, a former Miami-Dade murder detective with a long time of expertise. “So it’s going to be hard-pressed to prove [wrongdoing] unless they get actual evidence on the parents, which I don’t think they’re going to have.”

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It’s unclear whether or not the Laundries advised investigators something. If they remained as tight-lipped behind closed doorways as they’ve been publicly, it could be tough to indicate they lied to authorities, Diaz added. But the FBI could have uncovered bodily or digital proof that’s not but publicly out there.

Lara Yeretsian, one other high-powered West Coast protection legal professional, stated potential fees in opposition to the mother and father hinge on what, if something, they advised the FBI when investigators entered their dwelling final month, and whether or not they misled or misdirected authorities. 

“We don’t have enough information,” she stated. “All of this is conjecture, honestly.”

But if any fees are filed in opposition to the mother and father, she stated, they could relate to obstructing justice or accent after the very fact.

The Laundries’ lawyer has maintained that Laundrie is lacking and that the mother and father don’t know the place their son is. Neither does their daughter. The legal professional for Petito’s mother and father has alleged that Brian Laundrie is hiding.

Rahmani stated he expects federal investigators have already begun subpoenaing telephone information and different proof as a part of their investigation and that extra critical fees in opposition to Laundrie are doubtless.

He additionally stated the Laundrie household’s habits up up to now has been suspicious.

“People that are worried about their future daughter-in-law, this is not how they act,” he stated. “They don’t call a lawyer before reporting her missing to law enforcement, right? They assist an investigation. They don’t go camping when they’re looking for someone. Everything that they’ve done is inconsistent with someone who is concerned about finding their missing children.”