Brian Laundrie search update – Parents agree to help with manhunt as sleuths speculate he may be in their garden

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.

Read our Brian Laundrie live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Danielle Cinone

    EX-FUGITIVE THINKS BRIAN LAUNDRIE 'USING SUPPORT SYSTEM'

    Brian Laundrie is likely hiding with friends or a relative, according to a former fugitive who spent two years on the run.

    Seth Ferranti told The Sun: "I think he is using a support system."

    Seth, who was on the U.S. Marshals’ most wanted list, added: "I believe that his parents might be secondary in that support – that they are reaching him through a relative."

    However, there is no evidence to suggest Brian is still in contact with his parents or that they are helping him evade capture.

    Seth added: "If he [Laundrie] is smart he will be holed up, not going out.

    "That said, he is a pretty average-looking dude, if he wears a hat and a mask he could disguise himself."

  • Danielle Cinone

    BRIAN'S DAD SPENT MORE THAN THREE HOURS SEARCHING ON THURSDAY

    On Thursday, Brian's dad agreed to point out to law enforcement officers his son's favorite trails and hiking spots.

    The father spent a little over three hours at the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve.

    “Chris was asked to point out any favorite trails or spots that Brian may have used in the preserve,” the Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino said. 

    “Although Chris and Roberta Laundrie provided this information verbally three weeks ago, it is now thought that on-site assistance may be better.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    BRIAN LAUNDRIE'S PARENTS LIKELY 'INVESTED IN BELIEVING'

    Brian Laundrie's parents are likely going to be “invested in believing” their son even if he’s found guilty of the “worst of crimes," according to a forensic psychiatrist.

    A doctor weighed on the loyalty that Christopher Laundrie, 62, and mother Roberta Laundrie, 55, would have for their son after scrutiny has mounted since their 23-year-old son vanished on September 13 and what they may know about Gabby Petito’s homicide. 

    The parents had initially told authorities that they last saw Brian on September 14. 

    “He may be guilty of the worst of crimes or the most depraved of crimes committed on Gabby, but at the same time, if he’s been in touch with his family, and he’s communicated to them an account, they’re going to be invested in believing him,” Dr. Michael Welner said during an interview on News Nation.

    “And we have to expect that and we have to respect that because that’s a human nature that comes before any decision to cooperate with law enforcement.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    CHILLING MOMENT BRIAN LAUNDRIE SHAKES IN BODYCAM VID

    Bodycam footage shows the chilling moment Brian Laundrie shakes as Moab county police made him show his hands after a public fight with Gabby Petito.

    The video, taken on August 12, shows Brian’s hands shaking when officers Daniel Robbins and Eric Pratt asked to take pictures of them after responding to a call about a fight the couple had outside a cafe in Utah.

    “Because there was an assault that took place, and your bodies are showing signs of the strikes, do you mind if I take pictures of the injuries on your hands?” officer Robbins asked Brian.

    “If you want to take a photo, you can take a photo,” Brian replied before showing his shaking hands to Robbins’ phone camera.

  • Danielle Cinone

    NEW LAUNDRIE FAMILY ATTORNEY STATEMENT

    Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino released a new statement shortly after Brian’s dad Chris returned home from the Carlton Reserve on Thursday afternoon.

    “Today Chris Laundrie accompanied members of law enforcement into the Reserve to show them the trails and places Chris and Brian have hiked and which Brian was known to frequent,” Bertolino said, according to NewsNationNow correspondent Brian Entin.

    “There were no discoveries but the effort was helpful to all. It seems the water in the Preserve is receding and certain areas are more accessible to search.

    “The entire Laundrie family is grateful for the hard work of the dedicated members of law enforcement that have been searching the Preserve for Brian over the last few weeks. Hopefully Brian will be located soon.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    CHRIS ON THE SCENE

    Brian’s father Chris was seen arriving at the search site in the Carlton Reserve on Thursday morning.

    Dressed in a casual shirt and green baseball cap, Chris spoke with law enforcement officers from his red truck.

    It came as the Laundrie family’s attorney revealed Brian’s parents believe the fresh campsite discovered Wednesday “is exactly where he is located.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    IS BRIAN LAUNDRIE A MURDER SUSPECT?

    As of yet, Brian is just a person of interest in the disappearance and death of Gabby. Although he has not been declared a suspect, he is wanted for alleged credit card fraud.

    The FBI did not specify whether the unauthorized card Brian used belonged to Gabby. However, her family’s attorney appeared to claim it was her card, in the family’s interview with Dr. Phil.

  • Danielle Cinone

    FBI ESTIMATES WHEN GABBY WAS KILLED

    FBI Denver has said they believe Gabby was killed between August 27 and August 30.

    She was last seen on August 27 when Brian reportedly had an argument with a waitress.

    The warrant allows the FBI to continue searching for Brian while they work to establish what happened to Gabby.

  • Danielle Cinone

    BRIAN LAUNDRIE'S SUSPECTED CAMPSITE LOCATION

    The campsite where Brian Laundrie is suspected to have hidden out amid a massive manhunt is shown on a new map.

    Dozens of law enforcement officials have spent days searching Florida's Carlton Reserve for Brian, the fugitive fiance of slain hiker Gabby Petito.

    The campsite where Brian Laundrie is suspected to have hidden out amid a massive manhunt is shown in the new map above

    On Wednesday reports emerged that officers came across a "fresh campsite" within the 25,000-acre reserve, as Brian's father Chris joined in on the manhunt.

    The campsite is located within the reserve's T. Mabry Jr. Memorial Reservation, a source close to the Laundrie family told CNN's Chris Cuomo.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHEN WAS GABBY PETITO'S 'VAN LIFE' VIDEO POSTED?

    Gabby Petito uploaded her now-infamous "Van Life" video to YouTube two days after her fiance Brian Laundrie mysteriously flew home during their cross-country road trip to "clean out a storage unit."

    The eight-minute clip, titled "VAN LIFE|Beginning Our Van Life Journey", was uploaded to their account "Nomadic Static" on August 19 and features an array of picturesque shots and idyllic images, presenting the couple as a pair very much in love, who are embarking on the trip of a lifetime.

    "Follow our van life journey for some awesome van life ideas, tips, hacks, camping spots, and so many beautiful places to travel," the video's caption reads in part.

  • Megan Sheets

    GABBY'S FAMILY DOESN'T BELIEVE BRIAN IS DEAD

    During Dr Phil's exclusive two-part interview with Gabby's heartbroken dad Joe Petito, mom Nicole Schmidt, and her stepparents, the four said they do not believe the missing man is dead.

    Gabby's dad told Dr Phil he considers Brian and "anyone" in the Laundrie family's Florida home a "coward" because he hasn't cooperated with the police.

    "We need answers," stepdad Jim said. "Your only making it worse for yourself, for us, and for your family. Give us some closure, to go back to the memories we had with her."

  • Megan Sheets

    WHAT DID THE PETITOS SAY ON DR PHIL?

    During the first part of the tell-all, Gabby's family opened up about what they did when they stopped hearing from their daughter, revealing that after texting Brian's parents they never responded.

    “A normal parent, when you text someone that ‘you’re gonna call the cops cause you can’t find your child’ they would reply,” Gabby’s father Joseph Petito said. “No response. No nothing.”

    Her parents later slammed him for being a “coward” and demanded they turn himself in.

    “Somebody needs to start talking,” Nichole continued. “I do believe [his parents] know a lot more information than they’re putting out there.”

    “He’s a coward,” Joe added.  “Flat-out. I’d use some other words, but I can’t use them on your show. Anyone that lived in that house is a coward, and they don’t know how to stand up for their actions.”

  • Megan Sheets

    HOW TO WATCH THE PETITO FAMILY ON DR PHIL

    Gabby Petito’s family went on Dr Phil’s show for an exclusive interview to discuss their daughter’s disappearance.

    The first part of the interview, Gabby Petito’s Family Speaks Out – A Dr. Phil Exclusive, premiered on October 5, 2021.

    The first part saw the family sharing where they believe Brian is hiding and what they would like to see happen to him if they do find him. 

    The second part, Gabby’s Parents Come Together, then aired on October 6, and ends with the family’s thoughts on the latest evidence in the case.

  • Megan Sheets

    THE CAMPSITE

    The campsite where Brian is suspected to have hidden out amid a massive manhunt is said to be located on the T. Mabry Jr. Memorial Reservation within Florida's Carlton Reserve.

    It is believed to be about 16 miles from where Brian's Ford Mustang was found abandoned by the entrance to the reserve last month.

    Authorities have not said what exactly they found at the site or when they think Brian may have left it.

  • Megan Sheets

    'NO DISCOVERIES'

    Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino released a new statement shortly after Brian's dad Chris returned home from the Carlton Reserve on Thursday afternoon.

    "Today Chris Laundrie accompanied members of law enforcement into the Reserve to show them the trails and places Chris and Brian have hiked and which Brian was known to frequent," Bertolino said, according to NewsNationNow correspondent Brian Entin.

    "There were no discoveries but the effort was helpful to all. It seems the water in the Preserve is receding and certain areas are more accessible to search.

    "The entire Laundrie family is grateful for the hard work of the dedicated members of law enforcement that have been searching the Preserve for Brian over the last few weeks. Hopefully Brian will be located soon."

  • Megan Sheets

    SHORT TRIP

    Brian's dad Chris was only at the Carlton Reserve for about two hours on Thursday, according to NewsNationNow correspondent Brian Entin.

    Chris arrived at the reserve around noon in his red pick-up truck and was seen speaking to investigators.

    By 2.30pm EST Entin reported that Chris had left and returned to his home in North Port.

  • Megan Sheets

    CHRIS ON THE SCENE

    Brian's father Chris was seen arriving at the search site in the Carlton Reserve on Thursday morning.

    Dressed in a casual shirt and green baseball cap, Chris spoke with law enforcement officers from his red truck.

    It came as the Laundrie family's attorney revealed Brian's parents believe the fresh campsite discovered Wednesday "is exactly where he is located."

  • Megan Sheets

    'I'M NOT BRIAN'

    Brian Laundrie lookalikes are snapping up snarky T-shirts to avoid being mistaken for the fugitive.

    A custom clothing company rolled out "I'm just Bald Nope! I'm Not Brian Laundrie" tees as authorities ramped up their manhunt for slain hiker Gabby Petito's fiancé.

    Etsytees is offering the shirts – and matching hoodies – in an array of 10 colors for $22.99.

    It's unclear how many have sold thus far but as of Thursday the design was ranked among the website's most popular items and 10 people had it in their carts.

  • Megan Sheets

    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."

  • Megan Sheets

    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.

    "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."

  • Jennifer Korn

    FORMER FUGITIVE SAYS BRIAN SHOULD TURN HIMSELF IN

    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.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    BRIAN'S PARENTS WORKING IN THE GARDEN

    A drone captured Brian's parents doing what appears to be garden work outside of their home.

    It appears as if they noticed the camera and retreated.

    Some sleuths are speculating on Twitter and Tik Tok that Brian is hiding under the garden.

  • Jennifer Korn

    DOG’S PERSONAL HOTLINE

    Thousands of tips have been sent as the bounty hunter’s personal hotline 833-TELLDOG has been flooded with potential leads.

    But Dog warned that some of the leads they are receiving are “fake” to “get us off the track.”

    He said: “There are leads that are coming in that are beautiful and there was a lead that came in that showed a picture of him.”

    “We googled the guy that sent that in and he went to high school with Brian.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    THE SEARCH CONTINUES

    Ground searchers and choppers are actively on the hunt for Brian Laundrie.

    With the recently discovered campsite at the Carlton Reserve, the focus on that location is back. It has not officially been linked to Brian, but officials are investigating the lead.

  • Jennifer Korn

    BRIAN'S SISTER URGES PARENTS TO 'COME CLEAN'

    Cassie Laundrie pleaded with her parents to cooperate with authorities as the search for Brian drags on.

    "I don't know if my parents are involved," Cassie told Good Morning America on Tuesday.

    "I think if they are, they should come clean," she added.

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