When Brian Laundrie’s parents reported him missing in mid-September following the strangulation of his fiancée Gabby Petito, they turned over all of the firearms in their home to the FBI – but one was apparently missing.
In addition to the remains of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie being discovered, an additional six bodies were found across the country amid a search that made national headlines.
According to a North Port police spokesman, detectives had set up cameras around the Laundries' home in North Port to monitor Brian's movement after Gabby's family reported her missing.
Brian Laundrie’s parents unknowingly walked just a few yards away from locations in a Florida nature preserve where police found their son’s personal belongings and remains Wednesday morning.
More than a month before authorities found the decomposed remains of Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie in a swamp near his home, he allegedly slipped away from his parents’ house under the guise of a hike.
Steven Bertolino, Chris and Roberta Laundrie's attorney, took shots at the media, the public and protesters outside of the family's North Port home: "They're extremely upset, and for some unknown reason, there are still people outside of their home, yelling and screaming and causing a ruckus, which any parent grieving the loss of a child should not have to deal with."
Gabby Petito’s remains were found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in September. Now, authorities are searching for her boyfriend who arrived home without her from their cross-country trip.
Gabby Petito, 22, vanished after going on a cross-country trip with her boyfriend in a converted camper van. Here is a timeline of her disappearance, death and the developments in the case.
The body that was found Wednesday belonged to Brian Laundrie, the only person of interest in the Gabby Petito case, officials say.
The FBI confirmed to reporters in Florida Wednesday that investigators found what appear to be human remains, "along with personal items, such as a backpack and notebook belonging to Brian Laundrie," just hours after Laundrie's parents searched the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
The search for Brian Laundrie heated back up Wednesday after the fugitive’s parents arrived at the swampy North Port preserve where "some articles belonging to Brian were found." FOX News now reports human remains may have also been found.
“I said, ‘You might want to change your appearance for a while or this will continue to happen where you go,’” Graham County Sheriff Jerry Crisp told Severin Beckwith, the Brian Laundrie doppelgänger.
The last time Brian Laundrie was seen was back on Sept. 13, according to his parents, authorities say. One month later, his whereabouts remain unknown.
Gabby Petito died of strangulation about three to four weeks before her body was found, according to the Wyoming coroner’s final autopsy report.
After protesters left several laundry baskets in the front yard of Brian Laundrie's home in North Port, his parents emerged overnight to remove them.
Gabby Petito's parents describe learning of the discovery of their daughter's remains in heart-wrenching detail, and also how they feel about Brian Laundrie's parents. "Anyone that lived in that house is a coward, and they don’t know how to stand up for their actions."
Speaking candidly about the case, Brian Laundrie's sister is giving new insight into the timeline ahead of his disappearance. Cassie Laundrie says she is just as frustrated and heartbroken as everyone else about Gabby Petito’s death and her brother’s disappearance.
A plane flew over the home of Brian Laundrie’s parents in North Port, Florida, displaying a banner that read ‘Justice 4 Gabby – tiktok times up.'
Some of the biggest questions remain as the search for Brian Laundrie continues: What exactly did his family know, and when did they know it?
The Gabby Petito Foundation, created by the family of the 22-year-old woman who went missing during a cross-country road trip and was later found dead, is officially 'up and running.' The purpose is to offer resources for parents who are searching for their missing children.