Gabby Petito Update: Brian Laundrie Parents Deny Helping Son, Say Don't Know Where He Is

The parents of Brian Laundrie, the fiancée of deceased traveler Gabby Petito, have said they don't know where their son is and have not helped him.

"Chris and Roberta Laundrie do not know where Brian is," Laundrie's parents said in a Monday statement issued through their lawyer Steven P. Bertolino. "They are concerned about Brian and hope the FBI can locate him."

"The speculation by the public and some in the press that the parents assisted Brian in leaving the family home or in avoiding arrest on a warrant that was issued after Brian had already been missing for several days is just wrong," the statement continued, Fox News reported.

A major search is underway for Brian Laundrie. Law enforcement officials have called him a person of interest in Petito's disappearance and death.

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The parents of Brian Laundrie, the fiancée of deceased traveler Gabby Petito, have said that they neither know where their son is nor are they helping him. In this photo, Petito's parents listen during a news conference for their missing daughter on September 16, 2021 in North Port, Florida. Octavio Jones/Getty

Brian Laundrie returned to his parents' home on September 1 without Petito, even though the two had taken a weeks-long road trip in the couple's van. Petito's family reported her as missing on September 11.

Brian Laundrie hasn't been seen since September 14. His family reported him as missing on September 17. Petito's body was discovered on September 19. Two days later, the FBI ruled her death a homicide following an autopsy.

Brian Laundrie's parents told police that he said he was going hiking in the 24,500-acre Carlton wildlife reserve near the family's Sarasota County home in Florida. Authorities have used drones, dogs and dive teams as part of their search for him.

An expert outdoorsman has said he doesn't believe Brian Laundrie could survive out in the wildlife reserve's swamplands of Florida. He would have to survive cold waters, mosquitos, alligators, snakes and wild boars, the outdoorsman told Fox News.

On Wednesday, the FBI announced that an arrest warrant had been issued for Brian Laundrie by the U.S. District Court of Wyoming. The warrant said law enforcement officials should arrest Brian Laundrie if they locate him. They are then to bring him to a U.S. magistrate judge "without unnecessary delay."

The court issued the warrant after a grand jury indicted Brian Laundie for allegedly using someone else's debit card and bank personal identification numbers to obtain "things of value aggregating to $1,000 or more" between August 30 and September 1.

A law firm has offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to Brian Laundrie's arrest.

On September 25, Brian Laundrie's parents called police to report that Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman was on their property. Chapman, a former reality TV star, arrived at their Florida home to search for their son.

Chapman has claimed to have received over 1,000 tips about Laundrie's whereabouts.

On Sunday, federal investigators took Brian Laundrie's personal items from his parents' home returned for the purposes of matching DNA samples.

Newsweek contacted Bertolino's office for comment.