Why a Former FBI Agent Is Sure Brian Laundrie Is Still Alive

A former FBI agent recently said that she believes Brian Laundrie is still alive due to comments made by the Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino.

While appearing on NewsNationNow on Wednesday night, former FBI agent Jennifer Coffindaffer was asked why she believes that Laundrie is receiving help from "allies" and that he is still alive after he has been missing for over a month.

"I believe that because of the amount of time that has gone on and past and he has still remained undetected," Coffindaffer said. "And the attorney has repeatedly said he is representing the family and he is representing Brian Laundrie."

She continued, "You would not represent someone who is not alive."

Bertolino has said that he is representing Laundrie on several occasions including in a statement on September 15, where he explained why Laundrie was not speaking with law enforcement officials about Gabby Petito's disappearance.

"In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this and the warning that 'any statement made will be used against you' is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms. Petito's disappearance," Bertolino said in the statement.

On September 29, Bertolino told Jossie Carbonare of WBPF 25 News that he has been representing the Laundrie family for 20 years.

In response to the comments made by Coffindaffer on Wednesday, Bertolino said in a statement sent to Newsweek that "Unless I am informed that Brian Laundrie is no longer alive then [sic] I still represent him."

Laundrie has been missing for over a month now as his parents said they last saw him on September 13. They told law enforcement officials that they believed he went on a hike in Florida's Carlton Reserve, which has become the main area where officials have been searching. Laundrie has remained the sole person of interest in Petito's disappearance and death.

On September 19, Petito's remains were discovered in Wyoming and earlier this week, the Teton County Coroner said that an autopsy revealed that her cause of death was from manual strangulation.

A federal arrest warrant has been issued for Laundrie but it accuses him of bank card fraud. In announcing the arrest warrant, the FBI in Denver said, "The FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito's homicide."

In addition to Coffindaffer, another former FBI agent, Bryanna Fox, recently told Newsweek that she also believes Laundrie is still alive.

"I cannot imagine a universe that he is alive and well and law enforcement never finds him. For that to happen, he has to be absolutely perfect, make no mistakes, and law enforcement never gets lucky," Fox told Newsweek on Tuesday.

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A former FBI agent recently said that she believes Brian Laundrie is still alive because the Laundrie family attorney has "repeatedly said he is representing the family and he is representing Brian Laundrie." Above, North Port Police officers stands in the driveway of Brian Laundrie, who is a person of interest after his fiancé Gabby Petito went missing on September 20 in North Port, Florida. Octavio Jones/Getty