BRIAN Laundrie’s parents have agreed to help authorities in the search for their son as sleuths are speculating he may be hiding in their garden.
Brian’s dad is helping authorities identify his son’s favorite trails and hiking spots, the family’s lawyer revealed on Thursday, noting that the missing fugitive’s parents, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, have been “cooperating since the search began.”
Meanwhile, sleuths across the internet suspect Brian is in his parents’ garden because drone footage of their backyard apparently shows a hand under a flower bed.
Footage appears to show a woman, who sleuths claim to be Laundrie’s mom, working on one of her flowerbeds, as a man, who online detectives think is Brian’s dad, seems to be looking on.
Online sleuths also bizarrely claimed they noticed a white-colored square pit in the garden, prompting allegations that Brian may be hiding in an underground bunker. There’s no evidence to support these claims.
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CODE WORDS TO COMMUNICATE?
While there is no evidence the Laundries are in any contact with their son, Seth Ferranti, who was previously on the US Marshals’ most wanted list, told The Sun “it is definitely possible” for fugitives to use “letters in the post” to communicate with loved ones.
“It is a way to keep up communication and let his parents know he is ok,” Ferranti added.
Ferranti, who disappeared between 1991 and 1993 after facing nonviolent drug trafficking charges, added: “If Brian spoke to his parents before they could have chosen code words.”
PEOPLE ON REDDIT ‘CELEBRATING’ BRIAN
People are reportedly posting conspiracy theories and memes about Brian on Reddit, as they appear to support the fugitive.
HOW DID BRIAN AND GABBY MEET?
Gabby and Brian met while studying in high school in New York and began dating then, but they broke up in 2016 after he graduated.
The pair rekindled their romance a year later when Gabby finished school and she moved in with Brian’s family in Florida.
Gabby announced her engagement with Brian last year.
DID BRIAN EDIT GABBY’S INSTAGRAM?
Gabby and Brian Laundrie embarked on their trip in July and had been documenting their travels on social media and YouTube.
Her Instagram account appears to give a timeline to her location over the past few weeks.
Some of the vlogger’s recent Instagram posts from July 22 say that they have been edited, fueling allegations that the posts may have been tweaked or written by Brian.
There is no evidence that the snaps were edited or uploaded by her boyfriend.
BRIAN IS LIKELY NOT IN THE RESERVE
“It seems unlikely that he’s still in that reserve,” Bryanna Fox, an associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida and former FBI agent told NBC News.
She points to the lengthy time and lack of any reported clues to the wanted man’s whereabouts as authorities continue staging search parties at the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Venice, Florida that swarming with alligators, poisonous snakes and insects.
“They did not find any trace of him so far,” she said. “It’s been weeks.”
Fox suspects it’s highly unlikely that the North Port, Florida native has hitched around or hopped a bus because of the risk of exposure and would be found out.
MORE REPORTED SIGHTINGS
Someone in Pennsylvania posted on Twitter that they reported a potential sighting of Brian.
The person admitted that they could very well be incorrect.
HIS APPEARANCE WILL CHANGE, BUT HIS EARS CANNOT
Laundrie was reported missing on September 17 and forensic artist Lois Gibson believes that the fugitive’s appearance and face would’ve changed by now – apart from his ears.
She said being on the run will naturally “degrade” his appearance – but features such as ears “generally can’t be altered”.
Sleuths studied bodycam footage following Gabby and Laundrie’s incident in Moab, Utah in August and they claimed the 23-year-old appears to be slightly “duck-footed”.
As he is showing cops inside his 2012 Ford Transit white camper van, Laundrie’s feet appear to be pointing outwards.
One Twitter “detective,” said: “Noticing he appears to be slightly duck-footed. Distinctive.”
Another said: “It was one of the very first things I noticed about his stance.”
‘NOTHING’ TO SUGGEST BRIAN WAS AT CARLTON RESERVE
North Port police spokesman Josh Taylor told NewsNationNow on Friday that they have found nothing to indicate that Brian Laundrie was there.
Taylor denied having found any campsite or personal items.
BRIAN CALLED A ‘SERIAL KILLER’ BY DOG, CONTINUED
“And this is what happens when your kid is looking at those kinds of things.
“He just overnight just didn’t become a killer. A killer is made, and he is built to be or she, a killer.
“He built himself to be that by looking at that kind of, let’s say the dark side stuff. There are pictures of demons all over it.”
BRIAN CALLED A ‘SERIAL KILLER’ BY DOG
Dog told The Sun: “I’m thinking more and more about him being maybe a serial killer, not just a killer of Gabby. The books he read are unbelievable.”
Dog recalled that he would get “mad” at his kids for reading the Dungeon and Dragons stories as he’s a believer in Jesus.
The reality TV star claimed: “A couple of the books that he’s been reading are 10 times worse than Dungeon and Dragons. This kid, Brian has taken those books, obviously to heart.
BRIAN ‘KNOWS EVERYTHING,’ PETITO FAMILY SAYS
Gabby’s family thinks Laundrie is alive and living in a “campground”.
The vlogger’s stepfather Jim Schmidt added that the family won’t know what happened to Gabby unless Brian is found.
He said: “He’s our missing piece to the puzzle to find out what happened. What happened out there? Until they find him we don’t know.”
Jim urged the fugitive to “do the right thing” for himself, Gabby, and both families.
‘EXHAUSTING ALL ROUTES’ IN SEARCH OF BRIAN
Cops in Florida are fearing they’ve “exhausted all avenues” as they try to find the fugitive in the vast Carlton Reserve in Sarasota, Insider reports.
Josh Taylor, a spokesperson for the North Port Police Department, told CNN: “No campsite was found out there.”
Authorities have responded to dozens of alleged sightings since Laundrie was reported missing.
FORMER FUGITIVE SAYS BRIAN SHOULD SURRENDER
Seth Ferranti, a former fugitive who was on the run for two years, advised Brian to surrender to authorities, in an interview with FOX News.
“If you have money, as long as you have money, you can stay hidden,” said Ferranti. He went on to say that Brian could not use credit cards while on the run, and that getting a fake ID is crucial.
Ferranti was able to turn his life around after getting caught. He earned a degree while in prison and is now an established writer. “It was kind of a relief when I did get caught, even though I had to face that 25 years,” he said. “At least I could be myself again.”
BALD WHITE MEN LOOK SIMILAR
People are taking to Twitter to share how all of the unsuccessful tips in the search for Brian must mean that many average looking bald white men fit his description.
DOG THINKS BRIAN IS ALIVE BUT STRUGGLING
Dog predicted that Brian is still alive but not well in an interview with TMZ last Monday.
He said he does not believe that Brian is suicidal, but that the fugitive is likely not doing well because of how long he has been on the run.
Dog also speculated that Brian is still in the US because he is more familiar with the terrain.
NEIGHBOR SAYS SHE SAW BRIAN RUNNING FROM HIS HOME
In the clip uploaded to Twitter, she speculated that he may have run through the nearby woods.
Jen claimed that another neighbor recorded the alleged moment on CCTV.
When asked if she thought Laundrie was in the North Port area on the day that he was reported missing, Jen said: “Yes, definitely. He was here.”
BRIAN’S SISTER A ‘LIAR’
Dog the Bounty Hunter labeled Brian’s sister Cassie a “liar” over the weekend after she said she had not seen her brother since he returned from his trip without Gabby.
Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino later confirmed: “Cassie saw her brother Brian on September 01 when he stopped by her home and again on September 6 at Fort De Soto Park.
“Law enforcement agencies are well aware of these dates.”
Dog added: “The truth is starting to come out.”
BRIAN SEEN ‘ACTING WEIRD’ CONTINUED
She said: “You know when you’re out in the middle of nowhere, your hackles go up when you see something that’s out of the ordinary.”
Schultz realized that the man was much younger than herself so she decided against inviting him into her friendship group.
The graphic designer said she spotted the couple’s white van on August 26 and 27.
BRIAN WAS SEEN ‘ACTING WEIRD’ BEFORE GABBY DIED
Gabby’s remains were found Wyoming – weeks later on September 19.
Graphic designer Jessica Schultz claimed she saw a man she thinks was Laundrie “acting weird where Gabby’s body was found.”
The 38-year-old camped out at Spread Creek, Wyoming with her pals between August 22-29.
Schultz said that she saw a young white male and a white van on August 26. She claimed she saw the vehicle on two other days – the 27th and 28th.
The graphic designer said the man was “acting weird.”
BRIAN’S DARK INSTAGRAM POSTS PART 2
Laundrie also bragged on the platform about reading ‘Lullaby’, a horror-satire novel by Chuck Palahniuk, as well as ‘Rant’, a novel in the form of an oral biography, to Gabby shortly before she was killed.
He wrote on Instagram: “The f**king craziest out of all of Chuck’s books on my shelf, I can’t fathom how he must have written this one! I’d love to preach all of the insane twists and turns but all I can say is that I’ll never forget the name Rant Casey. Or Green Taylor Simms.
“Me and my fiancé read this one out loud together and boy oh boy I can’t believe some of the stuff coming out of our mouths.”
On Petito’s 22nd birthday, the couple went hiking and in a photo she posted on her Instagram profile, Laundrie can be seen slicing an apple with a copy of Lullaby balancing on his legs.
BRIAN’S DARK INSTAGRAM POSTS
As previously reported by The Sun, in the months before Laundrie and Gabby embarked on their ill-fated adventure, he shared a series of disturbing images and artwork to his Instagram and Pinterest accounts.
One such post, uploaded to Instagram on July 15, 2020, is captioned “Grim Reaper leading sheep to the slaughter” and shows a herd of sheep surrounded by ghoulish figures wielding scythes.
Some of the reapers have been carved into mousetraps and outlined in red.
A second work, uploaded a week earlier, shows what appears to be a man wearing a wolf mask, sat in a chair and holding a blood-soaked knife, with red splatters up his arms and legs.
BRIAN’S DAD ‘POINTING OUT TRAILS,’ CONTINUED
“Although Chris and Roberta Laundrie provided this information verbally three weeks ago it is now thought that on-site assistance may be better.
“The preserve has been closed to the public and the Laundries as well but the parents have been cooperating since the search began.”
Bertolino added: “As to yesterday, we were just asked to be on standby as they were focusing in on certain areas.”
BRIAN’S DAD ‘POINTING OUT TRAILS’
Brian’s dad Chris was asked to identify his son’s favorite trails and hiking spots as he joined the hunt for Gabby Petito’s fugitive fiance, the family’s lawyer said Thursday.
Chris was seen leaving his North Port, Florida, home alone on Thursday morning, NewsNationNow correspondent Brian Entin tweeted.
Entin said Bertolino told him: “Chris Laundrie is assisting Law Enforcement today in the search for Brian. Chris was asked to point out any favorite trails or spots that Brian may have used in the preserve.
DAD MAY ‘IDENTIFY BELONGINGS’
Former Miami-Dade homicide detective Pat Diaz speculated that Chris Laundrie was perhaps asked to help identify Brian’s belongings found at the campsite.
Diaz said he doesn’t believe investigators would have asked a suspect’s family to help with a search.
“They may have found stuff in the reserve for the father to identify,” he told Fox News. “Not a body, but belongings.”