Did Brian Laundrie's sister lie? Lawyer confirms Cassie saw brother after September 1
Cassie claimed she never saw her brother after September 1, but lawyer confirms she went on camping trip just before Laundrie vanished
Cassie Laundrie, the twin sister of the missing person of interest Brian Laundrie is so far the only member of the family to speak publicly about the case. However, it appears that she may have lied in her interview with 'Good Morning America' (GMA), where she said she never saw her brother after September 1. Did she really lie? The family believes not, and is claiming "miscommunication" is responsible for the error.
It's just one of the many twists and turns in the dramatic case of Laundrie and Gabby Petito. The case has now caught the attention of Dog the bounty hunter, who has been joined by ex-Navy SEALS and Marines in the hunt for Laundrie. Meanwhile, the case has inspired several conspiracy theories, including one that claims the Laundrie family will also go missing. Whether or not that is true remains to be seen, but in the meantime, there's a lot for police to piece together.
One of those big mysteries has to do with the Laundrie family itself and when and how Laundrie slipped away. It's unclear how well the family is cooperating with the police, they've said little in public beyond a few short statements through lawyer Steven Bertolino. What they have said though, such as a condolence message after Petito was found, has quickly been ripped apart by the public. Now, it appears to be Cassie's turn to have her statements analyzed and slammed.
Did Cassie Laundrie lie?
In an exclusive on September 17, Cassie spoke to GMA, becoming the first and only Laundrie family member to face the media. She claimed she hasn't talked to Brian since he returned to Florida on September 1, saying, "I wish I could talk to him." The brief statement appeared to indicate that Laundrie locked himself away as soon as he returned, before eventually disappearing. However, that doesn't seem to be the entire truth.
"Cassie saw her brother Brian on Sept. 1 when he stopped by her home and again on Sept. 6 at Fort De Soto Park. Law enforcement agencies are well aware of these dates," Bertolino told The New York Post on October 1. That confirmation came after Dog noted that Cassie went with Brian and their parents on a camping trip between September 6 and 7. It was previously believed only Brian and his parents went, but Dog noted that Cassie too joined them.
With Bertolino's confirmation, we can say for sure that Cassie appears to have lied in her interview with GMA. However, that's now how the family sees it. Bertolino said that "miscommunication" or the "reporter’s line of questioning" is responsible for the conflicting statements. "Any prior communication by Cassie that does not reflect these dates is simply a difference of relating an answer to a question misinterpreted by Cassie or poorly posed by the inquirer," he added.
Interestingly, that admission appears to counter the evidence from the trip. Documents show that Brian's mother made a reservation for three, not four people. There is also a widespread rumor that only two people were seen at the site, indicating Brian used it as a launchpad for his run. It's hard to say what exactly the truth is, given that the family is extremely tight-lipped, but there definitely appears to be a difference between Cassie's initial statement and the lawyer's latest.