Has Brian Laundrie been spotted? Neighbors claim to take pic of Gabby Petito's beau
Neighbors have reportedly spotted Gabby Petito's missing boyfriend Brian Laundrie, on September 17. Laundrie, who is now considered a person of interest in the case of Petito, suddenly disappeared from his home on September 12, we reported earlier. His family claims they haven't seen him since, but that might not be entirely true according to one Twitter user. He wasn't very far either, snapped walking barefoot behind his home in North Port, Florida.
The disappearance of Laundrie added another twist to the already dramatic story that has captured the attention of the nation. Since the story of Petito's disappearance made headlines, Laundrie has refused to speak to the police or press, sparking furor. Protestors have now gathered outside the Laundrie family home, while some experts have backed his decision to not talk to cops.
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For the past week or so, the Laundrie family home has seen media and protestors camped outside, eager for any updates from the family. They were in for a rude shock on September 17, after Laundrie's attorney Steven Bertolino confirmed he was missing in a brief statement. "Brian was last seen by his family Tuesday morning. Be advised that the whereabouts of Brian Laundrie are currently unknown," he said. However, it might not be as simple as that.
Brian Laundrie spotted?
Speaking to CNN on September 17, North Port PD's public information officer Josh Taylor said, "They (Laundrie's family) are now claiming that they have not seen their son since Tuesday." The dramatic development was confirmed after police visited the home early on September 17 evening. At the time, cops only talked to Laundrie's family, and not to Laundrie himself. As far back as last Saturday (September 11), police have been trying to talk to Laundrie but were not given access.
Shortly after the September 17 interview, North Port PD, and Bertolino both confirmed Laundrie was missing. But, while the family has claimed they haven't seen him since September 12, a neighbor believes that isn't the case. A new video is going viral on Twitter after it showed a barefoot Laundrie, supposedly walking in the woods behind the home "before the police arrived".
The video in question was uploaded by Yung Fieri. Responding to a thread on Laundrie's disappearance by ABC anchor Jeff Butera, Fiere tweeted, "@jbbiunno @Donlemon @josephpetito @FBI @FBITampa @kirstiealley @NorthPortPolice Please share!! YES I CALLED FBI. Neighbors saw what appears to be Brian walking out in the woods behind the home before police arrived! He was even barefoot like we’ve seen!!" In the video, an unidentified person can be seen holding a phone with a photo of Laundrie.
@brianentin @JodiGFox5NY @lookner @josephpetito @FBI @FBIMostWanted @NorthPortPolice Please help share this!!! Neighbors saw what appeared to be Brian walking out in the woods behind the home before police arrived!He was even barefoot like we’ve seen!!#GabbyPetito #gabbypetitio pic.twitter.com/gq1LUblSiA— yung fieri (@YungFieri) September 18, 2021
It's unclear where Fieri obtained the video from, or if she shot it herself. She followed that tweet up with another that said the same thing but included a photo of the photo of Laundrie walking. The photo shows a barefoot Laundrie walking in a grey t-shirt, with white headphones and what appear to be sunglasses on. At the time of publication, the video had over 1k views on Twitter. We can't be sure it was taken on September 17, or even in Florida. We've reached out to Fieri and will update the story when she responds.