BRIAN Laundrie’s parents could get charged, expert say, as new details emerge about where he could be hiding.
As the search for Gabby Patito‘s fiancé continues, a former FBI director speculated that Laundrie’s parents could soon be summoned to a grand jury.
“I would expect that to happen momentarily, see them in front of a grand jury, and then if they are not going to cooperate, they can get charged with contempt or obstruction,” Frank Figliuzzi, a former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI, told CNBC.
“There is no parental-child privilege, and I actually thought, by now, we would see them summoned to the grand jury. We now have an indictment; it’s a federal case.”
Figliuzzi told the news outlet that the usage of “unauthorized use” in the indictment was also revealing.
“If it’s her credit card, presumably, that means that authorities are convinced that Gabby was unable to give permission to use her card.
“That means they are closer to fixing the time of death… that’s why you are seeing ‘unauthorized use,’ she was likely dead at that time,” Figliuzzi said.
Steven Bertolino, the Laundrie family attorney, did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Sun.
The news comes as it was reported that the Laundrie family may have to pay for their son’s manhunt if it’s proven they “misled” authorities.
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy Mike Hadsell estimates the bill for six days of searching for Laundrie in Florida’s 25,000 acre Carlton Reserve has reached $1.2million.
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“I can accurately estimate they are spending $200,000 a day on this search,” Hadsell, who says he is a swamp search and rescue expert, told the Daily Mail.
Hadsell warned that the parents could be stuck footing the steep bill if it’s proven that they weren’t completely forthright with investigators who were searching for their son.
“And if this thing turns out to be bogus and they can prove that the family misled law enforcement on this, the parents will get a bill,” said Hadsell.
Laundrie has been missing since September 14, when he told his family he was going for a hike in Florida’s Carlton Preserve.
According to Gabby’s best friend, Rose Davis, she believes the fugitive is hiding out from cops and can survive on his own.
“He is out in the wilderness, I promise you,” Davis told the magazine.
Davis, 21, has insisted that she’s been telling police and FBI agents everything she knows about Laundrie and suspects he is on the run in the Florida swamps.
“He’s out there. He is. If he’s alive, he’s out there, camping out. He lived in the Appalachians by himself for months,” the 21-year-old said.
Davis doesn’t believe Laundrie has anyone helping him hideout, saying the fugitive “does not have friends” and instead “reads books.”
She became friends with Laundrie through her relationship with Gabby, though their friendship was strained, she told People.
She previously described him as a controlling and manipulative boyfriend with jealousy issues and said Gabby had sometimes stayed with her to put some space between them.
When Laundie disappeared, Davis feared he might come looking for her.
“He knows where I live. When he first went missing, there was a small percentage of me that was like; he definitely knows where I live. And he does not like me,” she told the magazine.
Gabby Petito timeline
Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:
- June 2021 – Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie set off on a cross-country trip across the US.
- July 4 – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
- July 8 – Gabby posts photos of herself at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
- July 18 – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Utah’s Zion National Park.
- August 12 – Body camera footage was released in September showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
- August 19 – Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel chronicling their trip. The video receives more than 200,000 views.
- August 24 – Gabby is spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- August 25 – Gabby Facetimes her mom, Nichole Schmidt, for the final time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed “more and more tension” between her and Brian.
- August 25 – Gabby also posts her last Instagram. No location is given.
- August 27 – Gabby is seen for what’s believed to be the final time. Witnesses claim they saw Brian in an explosive argument with staff at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, leaving Gabby in tears.
- August 27 – Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park drive past the couple’s van “abandoned” on a dirt road.
- September 1 – Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
- September 11 – Gabby’s parents report her missing to Suffolk County police.
- September 14 – Brian’s family issues a statement saying he has retained an attorney and will not be cooperating with investigators.
- September 14 – Brian is allegedly last seen by his family. He reportedly told them he was going hiking in Cartlon Reserve but failed to return.
- September 15 – Florida’s North Port police announce Brian is a person of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
- September 16 – Utah police release body camera footage of the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
- September 17 – Brian’s parents say they have not seen their son in a couple of days and report him missing.
- September 18 – Police announce they were searching Carlton Reserve in Florida for Brian. Police announce they have not found anything.
- September 19 – Authorities in Wyoming say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces the body was believed to be Gabby’s but a full forensic identification needs to be completed first to confirm.
- September 20 – Police execute a search warrant on Laundrie’s home, seizing his silver Mustang and a hard drive that may contain “evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed.”
- September 21 – Officials announce they will be conducting an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. Police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venice side of Carlton Reserve.
- September 21 – The FBI announced the body found in Wyoming was identified as Gabby’s. The cause of death was not yet revealed.
- September 21 – The Teton County Coroner’s office said Gabby’s official cause of death was still pending but the initial manner of death is homicide.
- September 22 – Police continue to scour Carlton Reserve for a trace of Laundrie but yield no leads. A specialist dive team is called in to assist with the hunt.
- September 23 – Officials announced a federal arrest warrant for Brian was issued.
- September 24 – Gabby’s father announced his daughter’s funeral will be held on Sunday, September 26.
“You don’t know what it’s like for someone you considered a friend to murder your best friend,” she added.
“I’ve stayed at their house. I’ve slept in the same house as him. I ate dinners with him, played board games with him, gone to the beach. That’s scary.”
On September 19, authorities discovered Gabby’s body in a remote area of Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming.
They later confirmed the cause of death was a homicide.
Gabby’s body was reportedly cremated and a public funeral service will be held in Blue Point, Long Island, on Sunday.
“This is a very heartbreaking tragedy. It is so surreal. It is so just horrific. There’s almost a loss of words for it because no one deserves to go out this way, especially not her,” Davis said.
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