Brian Laundrie’s sister on Tuesday implored her fugitive brother at hand himself in — and for her dad and mom to “come clean” if they’re concerned.
“No, I do not know where Brian is — I’d turn him in,” Cassie Laundrie informed “Good Morning America” in an interview aired Friday, sharing the final recognized images of him on a tenting journey earlier than he went AWOL.
“I would tell my brother to just come forward and get us out of this horrible mess,” she stated of the fugitive who vanished days earlier than his deserted girlfriend Gabby Petito, 22, was discovered useless.
“I worry about him. I hope he’s okay — and then I’m angry and don’t know what to think,” she admitted of her 23-year-old brother, the only real particular person of curiosity within the late Long Island lady’s case.
“I’ve tried to get in touch with him — phone went to voicemail,” insisted Cassie.
“I hope my brother’s alive, because I want answers just as much as everybody else,” she stated.
Cassie additionally stated her dad and mom, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, ought to come ahead, insisting that they’ve additionally refused to talk to her ever since she final noticed them earlier than Petito was recognized to be lacking.
“I don’t know if my parents are involved,” Cassie Laundrie admitted on “GMA.”
“I think if they are, then they should come clean,” she stated, insisting that she has been “cooperating with the police since day one” in order that “everyone gets the answers.”
“They deserve answers,” she stated of the family members of Petito, who she earlier stated her youngsters will know as “Aunt Gabby forever.”
Cassie stated that the final time she each noticed and spoke to her brother was a now-notorious tenting journey the household took to Florida’s Fort De Soto Park, a key goal within the huge manhunt for him.
That was on Sept. 6, after her brother had returned dwelling to Florida with out Petito after their cross-country journey, however earlier than Petito was reported lacking, on Sept. 11.
“We just went for a couple of hours and we ate dinner and had S’mores around the campfire and left,” she recalled of the tenting journey.
“There was nothing peculiar about it. There was no feeling of grand goodbye — there was no nothing.
“I’m frustrated that in hindsight I didn’t pick up on anything. It was just the regular visit,” she insisted, saying she instantly informed police about it when she realized Petito was lacking.
“It was not hidden from law enforcement. I’ve been cooperating with the police since day one,” she stated.
She wished her brother had turned to her somewhat than their dad and mom, who refused initially refused to let regulation enforcement speak to him — after which waited three days earlier than reporting that he’d fled dwelling on Sept. 14.
“I really wish he had come to me first that day with the van, because I don’t think we’d be here,” she stated.
Cassie additionally stated it was “definitely painful” to see the video of her brother combating with Petito in Utah throughout their tenting journey.
“It was pretty typical them to argue and try and take space from each other. But people saying that they saw public domestic violence — I’ve never seen anything like that from either of them,” she insisted.
Had “all the 911 calls” saying that her brother hit his then-girlfriend been dealt with in another way, then “I think it would’ve gone a lot different;y and we’d be in a different situation,” she stated of the Utah police response that’s now being investigated for potential failings.
As for the place her brother is probably going hiding out, Cassie confirmed that he had “taken multiple trips for up to five days at a time on the Appalachian Trail,” the place a 911 caller insisted he was “99.99 percent sure” he noticed him.
However, she insisted the fugitive was solely “a mediocre survivalist.”
“But also, I don’t think anything would surprise me at this point,” she stated of her brother’s continually evolving case.
“If the FBI finds him in Timbuktu. I’d be like, ‘All right, well that’s where he was.’ I’ve got nothing,” she stated of his probably whereabouts.