Gabby Petito Case Updates: Brian Laundrie's Lawyer Reacts to News That Body is Gabby Petito

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A search is underway for the boyfriend of 22-year-old traveler Gabby Petito after police discovered her body on the outskirts of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming—eight days after she was reported missing.

Brian Laundrie, 23, has been identified as a person of interest in the case and was last seen on Tuesday by family members in Florida. Dozens of officers are taking part in an intense search for him at the 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve in the state.

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue ruled the manner of death as homicide, but is still awaiting the final results of the autopsy to determine the cause of death. The FBI is now seeking information from anyone who encountered Petito and Laundrie between Aug. 27 and 30 in the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area of Grand Teton, where the body was discovered.

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Brian Laundrie's Lawyer Reacts to News That Body is Gabby Petito

Steven Bertolino, the lawyer for Brian Laundrie, responded to news that the body discovered Sunday belongs to Gabby Petito with the message, "May Gabby rest in Peace."

The body wasn't confirmed to be Petito's until late Tuesday afternoon. A screenshot of text messages posted on Twitter by WTSP reporter Shannon Clowe showed that when asked whether he had any new statements after the confirmation, Bertolino provided the message, notably placing quotation marks before and after the words.

FBI seeking information from people who saw Petito, Laundrie in Grand Teton

The FBI is now seeking information from anyone who encountered Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie in the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area, where Petito's body was discovered Sunday, between Aug. 27 and 30.

The bureau announced that it had concluded its forensic investigation of the area, but needed further information. It also asked anyone who had been in the area during the time period and anyone who had seen Petito and Laundrie's van to come forward with information.

The Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area is within the Bridger-Teton National Forest on the east boundary of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The forensic search has concluded of the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area & law enforcement has released the area.

— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) September 21, 2021

Coroner determined Gabby Petito's death was homicide, FBI says

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue ruled the manner of death for Gabby Petito as homicide after conducting an autopsy Tuesday, according to the FBI.

The cause of death has not yet been determined as they coroner's office awaits the final results of the autopsy.

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed the remains are those of Gabrielle Venora Petito, date of birth March 19, 1999. Coroner Blue’s initial determination for the manner of death is homicide. The cause of death remains pending final autopsy results.

— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) September 21, 2021

Family Lawyer Confirms Body Belongs to Gabby Petito

The body discovered Sunday in a Wyoming forest was confirmed to belong to Gabby Petito, a lawyer for the family told Insider Tuesday.

FBI investigators assisting the case said Sunday that the human remains were "consistent" with the description of Petito, but did not provide 100 percent confirmation that it was her.

Woman says she spotted Brian Laundrie alone in van days after Gabby was last seen

A Teton National Forest camper told the FBI that she saw Brian Laundrie alone and "acting weird" near the spot where a body matching Gabby Petito's description was found.

Jessica Schultz said in a TikTok she saw Laundrie parking his van alone near the Spread Creek camping site on August 26.

"He was very awkward and confused and it was just him, there was no Gabby," she said.

She said she was driving behind the van along a narrow road. The van barely pulled over to allow her to pass.

She and her friends saw the van a few times near the same spot between August 26 and August 29.

Schultz said she later spotted the van parked outside a designated parking spot.

"But the van was there for several days and night and didn't get booted [by the people who patrol the area]," she said.

"There was no indication that there was anyone at the van," Schultz said in a second TikTok. "Usually small van people have their doors open, they're outside...but we didn't see any signs of actual life in the van."

Governor DeSantis sends aid to help Brian Laundrie search efforts

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has been assisting law enforcement officers in the search for Brian Laundrie.

At the request of @NorthPortPolice, @MyFWC law enforcement has been assisting in the search for Brian Laundrie. I have directed all state agencies under my purview to continue to assist federal & local law enforcement as they continue to search - we need justice for Gabby Petito.

— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 21, 2021

"I have directed all state agencies under my purview to continue to assist federal and local law enforcement as they continue to search," he said in a tweet.

"We need justice for Gabby Petito."

Gabby Petito's family will release a statement "when Gabby is home"

The attorney representing Gabby Petito's family released a statement Tuesday saying the family will postpone speaking to the media until their daughter is "home."

"I want to personally thank the press and news media for giving the Petito and Schmidt family time to grieve," Richard Benson Stafford wrote in a letter. "We will be making a statement when Gabby is home."


— Kristin Thorne (@KristinThorne) September 21, 2021

Deputies Concluding Search of Area Some Speculate Laundrie Seen on Deer Cam

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is concluding its search of an area in Florida where some are speculating Brian Laundrie appeared on a deer camera.

The sheriff's office wrote in a Facebook post that though the search it conducted was "extensive" and included nearby farmlands, "no one - and nothing - of note was located."

The individual spotted on the cam, who some have said match Laundrie's description, has "no known ties to our area," the office said. The OCSO Facebook post reposted a screenshot of the cam footage from another Facebook user, who said his trail camera was located in Baker, Florida, and urged residents in the area to "be on the lookout."

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North Port Police says the terrain in Carlton Reserve is "very difficult to search"

The North Port Police Department (NPPD) provided an update on the search for Brian Laundrie in Carlton Reserve.

NPPD Commander Joe Fussell said there are multiple law enforcement agencies working on search efforts.

Police are using K-9 units, ATVs and high-altitude drones with "advanced zoom capabilities" to search flooded and wooded areas that cannot be searched on foot or on vehicles.

Fussell added that "the terrain is very difficult to search," as "75 percent of it is wet."

An NPPD spokesperson said the department will not hold a press briefing at this time.

Nothing found yet in search for Brian Laundrie at Carlton Reserve

Machinery was brought into the Carlton Reserve moments before police told reporters nothing has been found yet in the search for Brian Laundrie.

"Nothing has been found as of 1pm ET," North Port Police Public Information Officer Josh Taylor said in an email. He added that there is no press briefing planned at this time.

"This is an FBI-led criminal investigation and North Port Police are assisting our federal partner in any way we can to bring this investigation to a close," Taylor said.

Machinery being brought in to the Carlton Reserve as the search for Brian Laundrie continues@nbc6

— Cristian Benavides (@cbenavidesTV) September 21, 2021

Flight restrictions in place over Carlton Reserve

Law enforcement officials have issued flight restrictions over Carlton Reserve while officers continue to search for Brian Laundrie.

According to News Nation Now reporter Brian Entin, the restrictions went into effect while he was in a news helicopter over the reserve.

Law enforcement flight restriction went into effect right while we were over the reserve. Back on the ground. Going to drive into reserve now.
You don’t appreciate how large the area is until you’re in the air. It’s massive and very few roads/trails.

— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) September 21, 2021

"You don't appreciate how large the area is until you're in the air," Entin said. "It's massive and very few roads/trails."

Police are investigating possible Brian Laundrie sighting on trail camera

Police are investigating a possible Brian Laundrie sighting on a deer camera in Baker, Florida.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said they are aware of the report and "are actively checking it out."

"There is no confirmation of this information," the office said in a Facebook post Tuesday. "Obviously we will keep everyone in the loop if and when there is anything to report."

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Sam Bass made the initial post, showing a man caught on a trail camera.

"I'm not saying this is the guy but whoever was on my trail camera this morning in Baker, Fl strongly fits the description of Brian Laundrie, authorities have been contacted but people in the North West Florida area be on the lookout," Bass said in a Facebook post that has been shared over 20,000 times.

Law enforcement officers visited Cassie Laundrie Monday

Two suspected law enforcement officers showed up at the home of Cassie Laundrie, Brian Laundrie's sister, Monday afternoon.

The men spoke to a person believed to be Cassie Laundrie outside of the home before going inside, Fox News reported.

Cassie lives in Lakewood Ranch, about 35 miles north of her parents' home in North Port, where law enforcement officials exercised a search warrant Monday.

Utah park official told Gabby Petito her relationship with Laundrie seemed "toxic"

An Arches National Park ranger recalls giving Gabby Petito "candid" advice about her "toxic" relationship with Brian Laundrie after the couple was pulled over by the police for a possible domestic assault incident.

When Melissa Hulls arrived on the scene, she focused on Petito because in domestic violence situations, the female usually feels more comfortable talking with another female.

"I was imploring with her to reevaluate the relationship, asking her if she was happy in the relationship with him, and basically saying this was an opportunity for her to find another path, to make a change in her life," Hulls told Desert News.

"She had a lot of anxiety about being away from him," she added. "I honestly thought if anything was going to change it would be after they got home to Florida."

At the time, Hulls said officers did not believe the relationship was unsafe.

"It's not that we didn't think he was manipulative, but we have to worry about the safety, and not the psychology of it," she said. "We have to go by the facts that we were faced with at the time, and not let our emotions drive the decision."

North Port Police use drones to search Carlton Reserve

North Port Police share photos of their efforts to find Brian Laundrie in Carlston Reserve.

Officers are using drones to get an aerial view of the area.

By land. By air.

— North Port Police (@NorthPortPolice) September 21, 2021

North Port Police Public Information Officer Josh Taylor shared a video of the "unforgiving terrain" as he treks through muddy paths.

Unforgiving terrain.

— Josh Taylor (@JoshTaylorPIO) September 21, 2021

John Walsh calls Petito case "a tragedy of errors"

Former "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh blasts Brian Laundrie and the Gabby Petito investigation, calling it a "tragedy of errors" from the beginning.

After listening to the 911 call and watching the police camera footage of Petito and Laundrie in Utah, Walsh said police "sheltered" Laundrie and wrote up that he was the victim.

But he says Petito was clearly the victim in this case.

"I've been involved in domestic violence cases, she was scared to death in the video," he told "Good Morning America." "He probably killed her right after that."

He expressed his frustration with the Laundrie family's story and their failure to cooperate with the investigation, calling them "the dirty Laundries."

Walsh also criticized police for allowing Laundrie 10 days to "scrub the van," throw away evidence in his house and go "on the run."

Walsh added that he will profile Laundrie on his show "In Pursuit" Wednesday.

"I hope we catch this coward," he said.

“From the beginning this has been a tragedy of errors.”

Victim advocate @john_walsh weighs in on the hunt for Gabby Petito’s boyfriend and search for answers.

— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 21, 2021

Police describe "dangerous" conditions for search teams in Carlton Reserve

As the search for Brian Laundrie continues, North Port Police are joined by the FBI, the Florida Wildlife Commission and officers from Sarasota County, Lee County, Charlotte County and Venice.

The officers will return to Carlton Reserve, but this time, police say they will be moving in from the Venice side of the area.

Police also described the "dangerous" condition in the flooded swamp area.

"The Carlton Reserve is a vast and unforgiving location at times," a North Port Police spokesperson told reporters. "It is currently [waist] deep in water in many areas. This is dangerous work for the search crews as they are wading through gator and snake-infested swamps and flooded hiking and biking trails."

This morning’s briefing in the Carlton.

— North Port Police (@NorthPortPolice) September 21, 2021

Police continue search for Brian Laundrie at Carlton Reserve

Dozens of officers were searching through the 24,000-acre area throughout the weekend to find Laundrie, who has been missing for a week.

Search for Brian Laundrie will resume Tuesday in the Carlton Reserve, Venice side. We join the FBI in asking for continued public assistance by sharing any information through the tip lines 1-800-CALL FBI or

— North Port Police (@NorthPortPolice) September 21, 2021

Makeshift memorial stones found near where Petito's suspected remains were discovered

A collection of a dozen white stones arranged in a cross were spotted in the dirt next to a river in an area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.

The site was spotted on last night at the Spread Creek Dispersed Campsite, although it remains unclear when the cross was created or who placed it there.

FULL STORY: Mysterious Stone Memorial Found at Gabby Petito Search Area

We have found what appears to be a memorial in the area where law enforcement searched for and eventually found the remains of who law enforcement believes to be #GabbyPetito @fox13 This is in the area of Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area

— Sydney Glenn (@SydneyGlennTV) September 21, 2021

MSNBC calls out "media's obsession" with missing white women

Joy Reid last night labelled the phenomenon "missing white woman syndrome", whereby missing people from Black or Indigenous communities are frequently unreported.

She was joined by campaigner Derrica Wilson, who claimed that "nobody is looking" for people, citing the case of Daniel Robinson, a missing young Black man whose father had to hire a private investigator instead of relying on local police and media coverage to help find him.

We have been sounding the alarm for nearly 14 years...when it comes to missing persons of color - men, women, and children - our cases are not taken seriously and nobody is looking for us if we were to go missing.

“No one is looking for us.” With all the coverage on the Gabby Petito case, Joy Reid calls out the media’s obsession with missing white women, and calls it “missing white woman syndrome”.

— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) September 21, 2021

QAnon conspiracy theorists decide Petito's disappearance is a hoax

Claims that Gabby Petito's disappearance is a hoax in order to distract people from other news stories, or that the 22-year-old doesn't even exist, are picking up on social media.

Followers of the radical movement frequently suggest major news events are so-called "false flags" that have been orchestrated by the government or the "deep state" to help push an agenda, with the latest bizarre theory that the Petito disappearance story is to make people forget about recent criticism aimed at President Joe Biden.

"Brian Laundrie? Brain = Brain. Laundrie = Laundry = Wash. BRAINWASH is what his name means. Definitely an operation," one Telegram user wrote.

FULL STORY: Gabby Petito Accused of Being Actor by QAnon Conspiracy Followers

Possible sighting of Brian Laundrie in Alabama - reports

Police began searching for Laundrie in Mobile after he was reported being spotted eating at a restaurant, local news station WAFF 48 reports.

It is understood officers are investigating claims online that Laundrie was also seen walking across a road and that someone had given him a ride and dropped him off at a nearby area close to a Wal-Mart.

Spotlight turns to Brian Laundrie's parents

Speculation regarding possible criminal charges for Laundrie, who has been named a "person of interest," had already begun before the remains were found and his current whereabouts remain unknown.

Now, people are wondering if his parents could also possibly face charges like obstruction of justice, although thus far authorities have given no indication they committed any crime.

If his parents were being intentionally untruthful or withholding pertinent evidence in regards to what they know about Brian's current whereabouts or Petito's disappearance, they could have committed crimes, including obstruction of justice.

FULL STORY: Could Brian Laundrie's Parents Be Charged With Obstruction of Justice in Gabby Petito Case?

Could Brian Laundrie's Parents Be Charged With Obstruction of Justice in Gabby Petito Case?

What did the FBI find at the Laundrie house?

The search for Gabby Petito's fiancee, Brian Laundrie, moved from the 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve to his parents' home in Florida.

Investigators spent yesterday searching the house thoroughly and loading cardboard boxes full of evidence into a van.

Officers also towed away a silver Ford Mustang.

WATCH: Timeline of events since search for Gabby Petito began

Cross made of rocks in location where Gabby Petito's body was found

A cross made of rocks has been found in the location where Gabby Petito's body was found.

What appears to be a makeshift memorial was found in the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, after investigators left the scene. It is not known at this time who placed it there.

We have found what appears to be a memorial in the area where law enforcement searched for and eventually found the remains of who law enforcement believes to be #GabbyPetito @fox13 This is in the area of Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area

— Sydney Glenn (@SydneyGlennTV) September 21, 2021

FBI executes search warrant on Brian Laundrie's home

The FBI executed a search warrant on Monday at Brian Laundrie's home in Florida. Video shows agents removing evidence from the house and towing away a car.

MORE VIDEO: #FBI executed a search warrant Monday at #BrianLaundrie's home in Florida, removing evidence and towing away a car as they search for answers in the #GabbyPetito case.

— News12LI (@News12LI) September 20, 2021

Determining how Gabby Petito died

With Petito's autopsy due to be completed today, forensic science plays a key role in identifying the body and determining how she died.

Erik Hall, director of SLU's Forensic Science Program, told Fox2Now that authorities will be looking at DNA and performing toxicology reports to work out the cause of death.

"The body is the best piece of evidence they have. You can potentially pull DNA off of the body, is there clothing there, could the clothing be looked at for trace amounts of DNA?

"They still may be combing through the area looking for evidence sort of tracing the steps of where they think the body may have come into the area," he said.

A press conference of Brian Laundrie's attorney, set to occur just hours before a completed autopsy on what's believed to be Gabby Petito's body, has been cancelled.

However, when asked why he canceled his Tuesday morning press conference, Laundrie's attorney, Steven Bertolino, said that it was "Just not in my clients' best interest," according to WTSP reporter Shannon Clowe.

The presser is CANCELED ❗️
When I asked his lawyer why he said, “Just not in my clients’ best interest” … his client being #BrianLaundrie @10TampaBay #GABBYPETITO

— Shannon Clowe (@ShannonCwtsp) September 21, 2021

Earlier on Monday, Clowe noted that Bertolino had told her, "Don't expect any bombshells" at the now-cancelled press conference.

While stationed in front of the Laundrie's home, Clowe noted earlier that the FBI had concluded their investigation of the house.

Brent Blue, the coroner of Grand Teton County, Wyoming said that the autopsy of the remains would be completed by Tuesday, Fox News reported. The remains—recovered from the Moran Vista dispersed camping area of Moose, Wyoming—are believed to belong to Petito.

No other information about the remains or their physical state has been released.

TikTokers are broadcasting from the front of the Laundrie family home. Some have pledged to stay until justice is served.

In one TikTok video, a person screaming on a megaphone says that he and his group will camp outside of the family's home "everyday." The voice emerged in a video posted by a TikTok user named @nerdyaddict.

The video shows protesters in front of the family's home screaming "Where's Gabby?" while others hold protest signs or use their phones to record the family. The video has been viewed over 2.6 million times.

On Monday, @nerdyaddict posted seven videos. Most were recorded in front of the family's home. Others replayed media broadcasts about Gabby Petito.

The hashtags #brianlaundrie #gabbypetito and #gabbypetitoupdate all lead to numerous TikTok videos covering the ongoing news story.

Two days ago, a video from another TikTok user, Miranda Baker, went viral after she claimed that she picked up Brian Laundrie as a hitchhiker near where Petito went missing. Her video has since been viewed over 15.7 million times.

Merchandise about Gebby Petito has begun appearing on Amazon. A search for her name on the massive online retail website brings up four associated items.

Three of the items are from a third-party apparel seller calling itself SHANZEI. Its black cotton t-shirts retail for $12.98 and its black cotton hoodie retails for $29.98. The shirts came online Monday. One t-shirt is for men, and the other is for women.

SHANZEI's information on Amazon states that the items will ship from the Yuanqu County Jianfeng Trading Company, presumably in China.

The fourth item is a book entitled, The Missing Lady Gabby Petito: Fact About Her Life You Must Know With Different Perspectives. The book is free on Kindle or $13.99 for paperback. It went on sale on Friday.

The book seems to be written by a non-English speaker. Its preview text reads:

"Petito is accepted to have been in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, police said. She was traveling with her beau, Brian Laundrie, in her white attire 2012 Ford Transit van with a Florida tag on it, police said in a Wednesday news discharge."

The book is written by an author named Joseph Joe. He also wrote a book entitled, How To Be Debt Free In Network Marketing: Key To Your Financial Success Is To Give Your Business Whatever It Takes And Master The Habits.

Newsweek contacted Amazon for comment.

The Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino, has canceled his press conference which was originally scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. local time. The lawyer said that they made the decision after speaking with the FBI on Monday night, according to WABC reported Kristin Thomas.

Bertolino has received more than 30 1-star reviews on Google since revealing himself as Brian Laundrie's lawyer.

An ex-detective and Petito's family members have both criticized local police for bungling the investigation into Petito's initial disappearance and apparent death.

Gabby Petito's father, Joseph, has also called Brian Laundrie's parents "complicit" in his daughter's death for not doing more to force their son to cooperate with police investigators.

Brian Laundrie's Instagram page has been flooded by commenters demanding that he come home and reveal whatever he knows about Pepito's death to investigators.

One commenter, rubyruerubes, wrote, "If something happened just come forward. The longer you wait the worst your situation becomes."

Another commenter, yourbrowsmytweezers, wrote, "Why would you return home without telling anyone what or where you 'lost' your fiancé?!? If you were in Innocent, you would rush right home to ask for help .. not just show up and act like nothing happened".

Yet another commenter, thallie13, wrote, "Laundrie, it seems the FBI are looking for you. It was nice of your parents to FINALLY speak to Police today but it seems they had already snuck you out of the house, whereabouts unknown. When they find you, your parents also deserve to each be charged as an accessory."

One more, kaneladarling, wrote, "Accidents happen we all get that.. but the family and we the people need to know if gabby is OK and where she's at or if she needs help. Please. It will be alot easier to just tell the truth. When you tell the truth you'll never need to cover up any lies. Please just be open with just the pure truth ❤️ please💜"

Postcards sent from Gabby Petito to Cassie Laundrie's kids shared details from Petito's trip with her since-fled boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. The postcards were shared by WBPF. It's unclear when Petito sent all of the postcards, though one appeared to be postmarked on August 10.

One postcard from Garden of the Gods—a 1,300-acre park of sandstone formations in Colorado Springs, Colorado—mentions that a squirrel stole food from her during a mid-hike rest.

"Oh my Gosh! Me and Uncle Brian were sitting on a rock eating a snack after our long walk, and the fattest squirrel I've ever seen!!! Came right on my lap!! And with its tiny hands stole a piece of the granola bar I was eating!! Can you believe it! He must steal everyone's food. Oh man! That's wild!" Petito wrote.

She signs the card "Aunt Gabby."

Another postcard, sent from Arches National Park in Utah, mentions that the park's most popular rock formations are called "hoodoos."

Another card, from Red Canyon in California's Dixie National Forest, mentioned Petito and Brian Laundrie's star-gazing.

"The sky here is so open, there's more stars than I've ever seen!! Scorpio is so big and bright every night! It's always the first one me and uncle Brian spot!"

Yet another postcard, sent from Utah, simply says, "Hey boys. Really hope that you are so excited for school!!! We miss you so much!"

Some postcards that Gabby sent out to Cassie Laundrie’s children. This tells so much about her character💗#GABBYPETITO

— Walls (@lovemystylinson) September 20, 2021

Steven Bertolino, Brian Laundrie's lawyer, has acquired more than 30 1-star reviews on Google since representing the fiance of Gabby Petito following her disappearance.

Most of the reviews began three days ago, following Friday's announcement that Laundrie had vanished and his family was speaking to investigators in detail for the first time.

A review left by Bill Bizzo said, "Individuals like this bertolino make lawyers look like slime. Seems he'd rather hurt the Petito's than help them find their poor daughter. HE IS DISGUSTING!"

Another from Laura Richardson read, "Really? A man leaves with his partner; comes back in partners vehicle without partner; hires YOU and you tell em to hide while giving the family of his partner the finger.. looks like Grand theft to me... arrest him!"

One user, David N, wrote, "He's a slimeball. Client confidentiality is important but over someone's life? Poor morals. Hope he doesnt have children."

Others reviews were critical of Bertolino's professionalism, quality, responsiveness and value. Some users simply left one star with no explanation.

There are no Google reviews of Bertolino prior to him representing Laundrie. However, a Womply review from May 2019 rates him as 5-stars with no comment.

Bertolino has been practicing law in Long Island since 1994 after earning his Juris Doctor from Hofstra Law, according to his website. He practices areas of law including real estate law, business law, civil and commercial litigation, personal injury law and criminal cases.

“Don’t expect any bombshells”
That’s straight to me from #BrianLaundrie’s attorney regarding tomorrow’s news conference in Long Island, NY@10TampaBay #GABBYPETITO

— Shannon Clowe (@ShannonCwtsp) September 20, 2021

The lawyer is expected to hold a press conference at 1 p.m. in Long Island on Tuesday to address his client's whereabouts and/or the FBI search, according to Tampa Bay reporter Shannon Clowe.

As North Port Florida Police suspend the search for Brian Laundrie, social media users and experts have speculated where he could be and if he's even in the United States.

Harvey Morse, a Florida-based private investigator, told Insider that it would be possible for Laundrie to have fled the country and said "it would be easy" for him to evade detection by wearing a face mask.

He added that police are likely considering two possible scenarios during the search. The first is that Laundrie is hiding and the second is that he will attempt suicide.

Morse said the second possibility has an "above average" chance because of the possible charges Laundrie will face in Florida where there are "severe legal consequences" such as the death penalty. The large media coverage is also indicative of this scenario, according to Morse.

Similar to Morse, social media users have also speculated that Laundrie may have fled to a non-extraditable country, like Mexico, to avoid capture.

@BrianEntin I think Brian Laundrie took the mustang to the park and was picked up by someone else and is now no longer in the US. He has fled to a nonextraditable country. Is his net worth really 5 Million? if so he could go anywhere.

— Susan C Eagle (@momeagle36) September 20, 2021

After spending the weekend scouring 25,000 acres of wooded swampland in an effort to find Brian Laundrie, the North Port Police Department announced it had suspended the search.

Public Information Officer Josh Taylor released a statement saying that law enforcement "exhausted all avenues in searching of the grounds there" and that agencies continued searching for Laundrie but did not specify where the search was taking place or if the department was involved in the investigations.

In response, social media users are directing their fury at police as the only person of interest in Gabby Petito's case remains missing.

"A call-in witness described a man SLAPPING a woman. When @moabpolice respond and see #GABBYPETITO in distress after having been locked out of her own car, they blame her OCD for Brians behavior, and listed him as victim in their report #BrianLaundrieHiding #justiceforgabby," Twitter user @aking4democracy posted.

A call-in witness described a man SLAPPING a woman.

When @moabpolice respond and see #GABBYPETITO in distress after having been locked out of her own car, they blame her OCD for Brians behavior, and listed him as victim in their report 🤬 #BrianLaundrieHiding #justiceforgabby

— AKing 🇺🇸 (@aking4democracy) September 20, 2021

Another Twitter user, Erie Siobhan tweeted, "Why did the Moab police list Brian Laundrie as the victim in the 8/12 incident? IMO they are partially to blame for Gabby's death. They failed her."

Why did the Moab police list Brian Laundrie as the victim in the 8/12 incident? IMO they are partially to blame for Gabby’s death. They failed her.

— Erie Siobhan is Vaxxed to the Max 🇺🇸 (@ErieNotEerie) September 20, 2021

Facebook user Craig Cobb commented on a HuffPost article about the Florida search being suspending and said, "1.) Police should've brought him in before he "disappeared." Typical LEO incompetence... 2.) It should be obvious to anyone with even half a working brain that his rich parents created a diversion and snuck him out of the country. 3.) They should arrest his whole goddamned family and interrogate them day and night until somebody cracks and starts singing like a canary..."

The FBI announced that they concluded a search at the Laundrie residence in North Port but did not provide further details citing an ongoing investigation.

Police in North Port, Florida returned to the Laundrie home shortly after they left with paperwork.

Brian Entin, a correspondent for NewsNation Now, tweeted around 5:52 p.m. that an officer went to the door with paperwork but did not provide more detail.

Police and fbi came out with what appears to be their coolers and food boxes from lunch. I think they’re all officially gone now from inside the house.

— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) September 20, 2021

Around 6:18 p.m., police and FBI exited the home with what appeared to be coolers and food boxes from lunch. Entin speculated that it appeared all law enforcement had left from inside the Laundrie home.

Fox News also shared live footage of apparent officers outside the Lakewood Ranch home of Brian Laundrie's sister, Cassie Laundrie after FBI agents visited her parents' home.

A pair of apparent law enforcement officers visited the Lakewood Ranch home of Brian Laundrie’s sister, Cassie Laundrie, hours after FBI agents raided her parent’s North Port home

— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 20, 2021

Despite internet reports that Brian Laundrie was spotted in Mobile, Alabama police have not confirmed the sightings.

"We have not been able to confirm that Brian Laundrie was spotted in Mobile," Brian Entin, a correspondent for NewsNation Now, tweeted.

From Mobile, Alabama Police:
"We have not been able to confirm that Brian Laundrie has been spotted in Mobile. "

— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) September 20, 2021

Police were following up on a tip that someone spotted an individual resembling Laundrie at a Walmart in Tillmans Corner, Alabama. A police spokesperson said officers sent the information to the FBI who "is now handling the case to verify" if the person spotted was Laundrie.

A body was also found near the Walmart but James Barber, the Mobile mayor's chief of staff, confirmed it is not Laundrie, according to local station WPMI-TV.

Gabby Petito's father, Joseph Petito, believes that her fiance Brian Laundrie's parents were complicit in her disappearance, but can they be charged with her death?

Prior to the discovery of what is likely Gabby Petito's remains, her father appeared on Dr. Phil and called Brian's parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, complicit in what happened to her because of their son's actions.

"That is not how you raise a child. You raise your children to stand up and own up to your mistakes," Joseph said. "As a man that is what I do. From father to father he should be doing that too. And I'm sorry, I understand protecting your kid and all that other stuff but in my opinion, you're a coward."

READ MORE: Could Brian Laundrie's parents be charged with obstruction of justice in Gabby Petito case?

Gabby Petito was last seen August 27, search warrant says

According to the latest search warrant obtained by the North Port Police Department, Gabby Petito's cellphone has been turned off for about 15 days.

There have been no known sightings of Petito since August 27.

The court document states this warrant was filed late last week. Here’s the continuation to my previous tweet. Court records show #GabbyPetito’s phone had been off for approx. 15 days. She hadn’t been seen since Aug. 27. @mysuncoast

— Daniela Hurtado (@DaniCHurtado_) September 20, 2021

Search warrant describes "tension" between Petito and Laundrie

A search warrant obtained by North Port Police reveals more details about Gabby Petito's trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie.

According to the warrant, Petito sent multiple text messages and "had many talks" with her mother, Nichole Schmidt.

"During these conversations, there appeared to be more and more tension between her and Laundrie," the warrant said.

The warrant also describes an "odd text" Schmidt received from her daughter's phone on August 27 in which Petito referred to her grandfather as Stan, a name she has never called him.

Schmidt "was concerned something was wrong with her daughter." This was the last communication anyone had with Petito, the warrant said. Her cellphone was no longer operational and she stopped posting on social media after that.

Her family said "this was not normal behavior" and "they grew more worried about her."

I just read through the search warrant executed in connection to #GabbyPetito #BrianLaundrie case - it’s 9 pages long but some new key information we’re learning is below:

— Jossie Carbonare (@JossieCarbonare) September 20, 2021

Police obtain warrant for Brian Laundrie's computer

Police have obtained a search warrant for Brian Laundrie's computer.

According to the warrant, the North Port Police Department intends to search Laundrie's computer and external hard drives.

The warrant gives police the authority to search emails, text messages, photos, videos, internet browsing history and other computer files and digital documents. It also gives police access to passwords, encryptions and data security devices.

The computer and "external storage device(s)" are in police custody.

BREAKING: Search warrant for Brian Laundrie’s computer.

— Kristin Thorne (@KristinThorne) September 20, 2021

Police are investigating a possible Brian Laundrie sighting in Alabama

Police in Mobile Alabama are investigating a possible sighting of Brian Laundrie.

Officers are following up on a tip reported a few days ago that someone who resembled Laundrie was spotted at a Walmart in Tilman's Corner, Alabama.

A police spokesperson said officers sent the information to the FBI who "is now handling the case to verify" if the person spotted was Laundrie.

Truck tows Brian Laundrie's Mustang from his home

Brian Laundrie's car was towed from his home.

Law enforcement officials left the Laundrie home to move their vehicles from the driveway to the road moments before two trucks arrived.

A truck then towed Brian Laundrie's silver Mustang away. This is the car he drove to Carlton Reserve last week. North Port police told reporters that Laundrie's parents picked up the car and drove it back to their home.

The truck was followed by an FBI agent in a black Jeep.

Mustang has been towed away from #BrianLaundrie’s home. A FBI agent was inside the black Jeep driving right behind the tow truck. @mysuncoast

— Daniela Hurtado (@DaniCHurtado_) September 20, 2021

Autopsy on remains taking place Tuesday, could take up to 2 weeks for results

The autopsy on the remains believed to belong to Gabby Petito will begin Tuesday, but it could take up to two weeks for the examination results to be released through the FBI, according to a reporter for WPTV who spoke with the Teton County Coroner.

The coroner has not yet provided any possible causes of death or confirmation of identity for the remains since they were discovered. The FBI said that the body matched Petito's description and offered condolences to her family in a tweet Sunday.

Just spoke to the Teton County Coroner. The autopsy for the body presumed to be #GabbyPetito will take place tomorrow. Actual autopsy will take 1-2 hours. Results may take up to two weeks to be released through FBI. @WPTV

— Meghan McRoberts (@MeghanWPTV) September 20, 2021

911 caller says Brian Laundrie was "slapping" Gabby Petito in "domestic dispute" in Utah

The 911 caller who reported the "domestic dispute" between Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie in Moab, Utah said he saw Laundrie "slapping" Petito weeks before her disappearance.

In the call obtained by Fox News, the witness said the van drove down Main Street after "the gentleman was slapping the girl."

"They ran up and down the sidewalk, he preceded to hit her, hopped in the car and they drove off," the caller said.

Photos of Brian Laundrie's tattoos shared online

Social media users are sharing photos of Brian Laundrie's tattoos online to help others identify him.

There are fears that Laundrie may change his appearance to avoid being found by police.

Laundrie remains a person of interest in the case of Gabby Petito's disappearance.

Police have not named him a suspect but they are searching for Laundrie because he is currently a missing person.

Details of #BrianLaundrie tattoos

⚠️Share so others can be able to better identify him. Stay vigiliant⚠️#justiceforgabby#BrianLaundrie#GABBYPETITO

— 🧈 (@lailabelle24) September 20, 2021

Gabby Petito's father says he never saw his daughter fight with fiancé Brian Laundrie

In an interview with Dr. Phil, Gabby Petito's father said he never witnessed Gabby and her fiancé Brian Laundrie fight.

"I'm a protective father, if my daughter cries, I'm gonna fix the problem," Joseph Petito said. "That's not something she's going to bring up to me because I'm going to get involved real quick."

He said it was hard to watch the police body camera footage of Gabby talking with police in Utah after an "altercation" with Laundrie because he "can't bring himself to see my daughter cry."

Petito said Gabby never mentioned that incident to him.

In the same video, Gabby said she "has OCD," but her father said she was never diagnosed.

"She was clean, she likes things in their place," he said. "[The van] is a confined space. Making sure things are put away...doesn't seem OCD to me."

He added that she "doesn't have mental instability," and the incident with police "sounds like [Gabby and Laundrie] were just having an argument."

This interview was recorded before a body matching Gabby's description was found in Wyoming over the weekend.

Ex-Marine spots chilling detail in YouTube video of Gabby Petito's van

Video footage of Gabby Petito's van shows the back door abruptly close as another vehicle approaches.

Brent Shavnore, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran turned videographer, noticed the movement on a video first posted to YouTube by Jenn and Kyle Bethune.

The video was recorded at Spread Creek Dispersed Camping land in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, on August 27, three days after the 22-year-old's last official sighting.

"I was watching the YouTube Video released by Red White and Bethune looking for movement in the van. The van is easy to shake if someone is inside and moves it," Shavnore told Newsweek.

READ MORE: "Video Shows Gabby Petito's Van Door Closing 3 Days After Last Sighting"

Brian Laundrie's parents re-enter their home amid FBI search

Reporters outside of the Laundrie home confirm that Brian Laundrie's parents have re-entered their home as the FBI executed a search warrant.

The Laundries were taken out of the house to sit inside a van parked on the driveway for about 10 minutes, reporters said.

The parents were brought back into their home moments ago.

WFLA reports that Brian Laundrie's dad went out to a car on his driveway to gather documents about 20 minutes before police cars swarmed his home. It is unclear from which car he grabbed documents.

Reporters question if the Laundries have reentered their home amid FBI search

As the FBI continues to search the Laundrie home in New Port, Florida, reporters are speculating over the status of Brian Laundrie's parents.

It is unclear at this time if the Laundrie's remain in an FBI vehicle outside of their home or if they have reentered the home. Reporters on the scene said they saw the Laundries go back into their home.

There is no word from officials if the Laundries will be taken in for police questioning.

FBI is executing a "court-authorized search warrant" at Laundrie home

The FBI released a statement about the activity at the Laundrie home Monday morning.

"The FBI is executing a court-authorized search warrant today at the Laundrie residence in North Port, FL relevant to the Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito investigation," the FBI said.

They said the investigation is "active and ongoing."

FBI arrives at Brian Laundrie's home with search warrant

The FBI arrived at the home of Brian Laundrie in North Port, Florida Monday morning.

The FBI announced a "search warrant" twice before entering and removing Chris and Roberta Laundrie, Brian's parents, from their home. They were placed in a van on the lawn, Fox News reported.

Police arrived minutes earlier to block off the area and clear the streets, yelling at people "you're in a crime scene."

BREAKING: Major police activity at Brian Laundrie home

FBI just arrived@nbc6 #GABBYPETITO

— Cristian Benavides (@cbenavidesTV) September 20, 2021

Brian Laundrie's sister shares her last texts with Gabby Petito

Brian Laundrie's sister Cassie shared her last texts with Gabby Petito with ABC News.

According to the texts, Petito and Brian Laundrie were in Arches National Park in Utah on August 10.

Brian Laundrie's sister Cassie shared with ABC one of the last texts she received from #GabbyPetito

— Reena Roy (@reenaroy) September 20, 2021

Cassie also shared the postcards Petito sent to her children from different stops on her trip with Brian.

Some of the postcards #GabbyPetito sent to Brian Laundrie's nephews while on their cross-country road trip.

These were given to ABC News by Laundrie's sister Cassie who says "Gabby was a fun and loving influence to the boys...We will cherish all the time spent with her.”

— Reena Roy (@reenaroy) September 20, 2021

Gabby Petito's mom thankful for van video, YouTuber says

Recently emerged video footage could show Petito's van in the days since she was last seen, as Newsweek reported on Sunday.

The video showed a white van, similar to Petito's, in a remote area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, near the Spread Creek Dispersed campground.

Now the family travel vloggers behind the dashcam footage, Jenn and Kyle Bethune known on YouTube as "Red White & Bethune," have since said that they had spoken with Petito's mother, Nichole Schmidt, on FaceTime yesterday.

She said Schmidt thanked her for sharing and speaking up about the footage.

"We had a very good cry together from one mom to another," Bethune told Insider. She added that she contacted the FBI in the early hours of yesterday.

Investigators had not verified that the van was indeed Peitito's by Sunday lunchtime, officials told Newsweek at the time.

The clip (below) has since been viewed nearly 1.5 million times online.

A body, believed to be Gabby Petito, was discovered on Sunday near the Spread Creek Dispersed campground.

North Port police 'have no plans' to search Carlton Reserve - report

Police in Florida have "no plans" to continue the large-scale for Brian Laundrie in Carlton Reserve, according to NBC New York reporter Pei-Sze Cheng.

The search has focused on the 24,000-acre site since Laundrie's family reported him missing on Friday.

Newsweek has contacted North Port Police Department, which leads the investigation, for comment.

#BREAKING North Port Police Department says they have NO plans to conduct a major search of the Carlton Reserve today. This is where they were searching for Brian Laundrie #nbc4ny

— Pei-Sze Cheng (@PeiSzeCheng4NY) September 20, 2021

Timeline of Gabby Petito's disappearance

July 2: Petito and Laundrie set off on journey

August 12: Police called to 'altercation' in Utah (watch the video here)

August 25: Last known sighting of Gabby Petito

August 30: Petito's last communication with family

September 1: Laundrie returns to North Port without Petito

September 11: Petito's family reports her missing

September 15: Brian Laundrie named as person of interest

September 16: Press conference with Petito's father

September 17: Laundrie's parents report him missing

September 19: Body believed to be Petito is found in Wyoming

Search for Brian Laundrie resumes

The hunt for Gabby Petito's boyfriend continues this morning as dozens of officers head back out to the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida.

The 24,000-acre reserve remains an active scene for investigators hoping to speak to Laundrie about the disappearance, and suspected death, of his fiancée.

He remains a "person of interest" in the case.

Laundrie's family pay tribute to Gabby through lawyers

A statement from the lawyer of the fianceé's family, which read: "The news about Gabby Petito is heartbreaking. The Laundrie family prays for Gabby and her family."

North Port Police officers and FBI agents are continuing to carry out a search of the vast Carlton Reserve for Laundrie.

FULL STORY: Brian Laundrie's Family 'Prays for Gabby' and Petitos After Body Found—Lawyer

Defense lawyer 'wouldn't be surprised' if Brian Laundrie arrested

A criminal defense lawyer has said she expects Gabby Petito's boyfriend to soon be arrested in connection with her disappearance.

Lara Yeretsian told Fox News she believes it is only a matter of time before Laundrie is questioned by police after he returned home to North Port, Florida, earlier this month without Petito and is refusing to talk to authorities.

I wouldn't be surprised if there's an arrest, an arrest of the fiancé. Fiancés are going to want to help. Most fiancés who love their girlfriend or their significant other, they're going to do everything in their power to help. This tells me something is not right.

FULL STORY: Lawyer 'Wouldn't Be Surprised' If Brian Laundrie Is Arrested Soon

WATCH: Footage released shows Gabby Petito's van during 'mystery period'

Video footage has emerged that purportedly shows Gabby Petito's van during the mysterious period between her last known sighting and the day when her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, returned home alone from their cross-country trip.

Petito's family are aware of the clip and have said they "believe this is the van for multiple reasons."

Police are yet to verify whether or not the van shown is the white Ford Transit used by the couple, investigators confirmed to Newsweek.

FULL STORY: Video Could Show Van During Mystery Period

Brian Laundrie's parents tell police he has been missing since last Tuesday

Steven Bertolino, Laundrie's family attorney, said in a statement seen by ABC7 and Fox13 that he left his parents' home last Tuesday morning with a backpack, telling them that he was going on a hike.

But after failing to return home, the family went out to look for him and found his vehicle near the Carlton Reserve - where police are currently searching for him. The car had a note from the North Port Police Department saying that it needed to be removed.

It was previously thought that Laundrie, who is refusing to speak to investigators about Petito's disappearance, had been staying at his parents' home in North Port, Florida, for several days.

FULL STORY: Brian Laundrie's Family Found Police Note on His Car Day After Disappearance

Police face backlash over handling of Brian Laundrie

Officers have come under fire from former colleagues over how they approached the 23-year-old boyfriend of Gabby Petito after she went missing.

"Why would you try to get consent from the guy, and now get a search warrant?" Pat Diaz, a former Miami-Dade homicide detective, told Fox News. "You can get a search warrant for everything in that house, including his laptop."

He said the examination of Laundrie's electronic items on the day his girlfriend went missing could have uncovered vital clues about her disappearance. Diaz's criticism comes after Laundrie refused to co-operate with officers.

'She touched the world': Gabby Petito's dad pays tribute to daughter on Instagram

Autopsy to be carried out tomorrow 'to confirm 100 percent' that body is Gabby Petito's

Dr. Brent Blue, the Teton County coroner, told CNN last night that officials would confirm the identity through photos, personal identification or DNA in an examination tomorrow, where police hope to find out more about the circumstances surrounding her death.

"Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified," FBI Special Agent Charles Jones told reporters yesterday. "This is an incredibly difficult time for (Petito's) family and friends."

Good morning and welcome to Newsweek's liveblog

The hunt continues for Gabby Petito's boyfriend Brian Laundrie, who police believe could be key to understanding what led to her disappearance and suspected death.

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