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Brian Laundrie is 'secretly communicating with his parents through their lawyer', ex-FBI agent believes

GABBY Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie is "loosely" contacting his parents through the family attorney and will be found alive by cops, an ex-FBI agent says.

Laundrie, 23, has yet to be found by law enforcement – more than three weeks after he was first reported missing by his parents.


When quizzed by NewsNationNow journalist Brian Entin, Coffindaffer said: "Yes, although very loosely through the attorney."

It is not known if Laundrie has spoken to his parents through the lawyer after he was reported missing.

The agent thinks cops will find Laundrie alive but doesn't think it will be soon.

She said: "I believe he’s going to be able to hide in his surroundings. I think he’s a learned outdoorsman and survivalist and because of that I think he will be able to stay out of law enforcement’s grasp for a while.”

Coffindaffer is not the only former FBI agent to think cops will find Gabby’s fiancé alive.

Maureen O’Connell told Fox News Thursday: “I have a feeling that [Laundrie] is going to be found and he is going to be found alive.

“All the information that’s been coming in for weeks now, as you layer it upon yourself, you can start to see all these things coming to fruition.”

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She said the case is “filled with one wild goose chase after another”.

And, ex Marshal Lenny DePaul thinks Laundrie is “sleeping with one eye open” as cops try to locate the fugitive.

He told the New York Post: “I personally think he could be anywhere. It doesn’t matter. He’s gonna mess up. He’s going to make a mistake.”

Laundrie was reported missing on September 17 – days after allegedly telling his parents that he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota, Florida.

'HE'S GONNA MESS UP'

But, Bertolino revealed that Laundrie’s parents gave the incorrect date for the "hike".

The 23-year-old left on September 13, rather than September 14 as originally shared.

Bertolino told WFLA: "The Laundries were basing the date Brian left on their recollection of certain events.”

After consulting with the FBI and confirming the day Brian’s Mustang was found and returned to the Laundries’ home, Bertolino wrote, “We now believe the day Brian left to hike in the preserve was Monday, September 13."

Detectives continue to scour the Carlton Reserve while Dog the Bounty Hunter investigates the Fort de Soto campground.

It’s reported that the Laundrie family stayed at the campsite on September 6 – days after he returned to the state.

The reality TV star, real name Duane Chapman, said the search is becoming "more dangerous" adding that he's handed over evidence for DNA testing.

'DANGEROUS' SEARCH

On Sunday, a spokesperson for his team told Newsweek: "Tracking a fugitive is a marathon, not a sprint.

"We are continuing to search for Brian Laundrie. The longer he is on the run, the more dangerous this becomes."

Authorities have responded to a dozen alleged sightings of the fugitive in North Carolina, near the Appalachian Trail.

A Haywood County Sheriff's Office said tipsters have been contacting cops in their droves claiming to have seen Laundrie, Today reports.

Engineer Dennis Davis said he's convinced that he spotted a man who looked like Laundrie on October 2.

He told a 911 dispatcher: “I’m telling you, it was him. He was talking wild. He said that his girlfriend left him and he had to go out to California to see her.

“He was acting funny. And I wasn’t sure what he looked like. And then … I went and parked and pulled up the photographs of him. And I’m 99.99 per cent sure that was him.”

There have been alleged sightings in other parts of Florida, Canada, and Mexico. Most potential leads have led to dead ends.

'COME FORWARD'

Laundrie’s sister Cassie has begged the fugitive to “come forward” and urged him to “get us out of this horrible mess”.

In an interview with Good Morning America, she said: "I really wish he had come to me first that day with the van because I don't know we'd be here.

"I worry about him. I hope he's ok and then I'm angry and I don't know what to think.

"I'd tell my brother to just come forward and get us out of this horrible mess."

Cassie also urged her parents to “come clean” if they helped her brother after Gabby’s death.

She said: “I don't know if my parents are involved. I think if they are, they should come clean.”

Cassie told reporters and protesters outside her Florida home Monday that she’s “losing her parents”.

When asked to clarify her remarks, she said: "They're not talking to us either," followed by "if I knew, I would say, I don't know," when asked why not.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or 303-629-7171.


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.
  • 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 26 – Gabby's funeral was held on Long Island, New York.

 

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