Nancy Grace doubts Brian Laundrie is in Carlton Reserve as his 'mama ain't crying'

'From the beginning, I did not think Brian Laundrie was in a 25,000-acre swamp because of one thing: Mama ain’t crying,' Nancy Grace noted

                            Nancy Grace doubts Brian Laundrie is in Carlton Reserve as his 'mama ain't crying'
Nancy Grace listed several reasons why she thinks Brian Laundrie (L) is not hiding in the reserve. (Moab Police, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

TV journalist and legal commentator Nancy Grace believes Brian Laundrie is not in Florida's Carlton Reserve. After Laundrie went 'missing,' authorities have been searching the reserve because he allegedly told his parents he was going hiking before he went missing. This was just days before his girlfriend Gabby Petito's murdered body was found in Wyoming on September 14.

There have been reports of Laundrie being spotted in Venice Park, Sarasota County, and Baker, Florida. As MEAWW reported earlier, there have also been a large number of theories as to where he could be hiding. One theory claims he is in Alabama, while another says he is heading to Mexico or has already crossed the border. Another theory is that Laundrie made it out of the US mainland and is probably hiding in the Bahamas.


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“From the beginning, I did not think Brian Laundrie was in a 25,000-acre swamp because of one thing: Mama ain’t crying,” Grace told Fox News on Monday, September 28, before she talked about what she would feel about her 13-year-old twins being in a similar situation. “Somebody told me one of my children was out in a swamp about to commit suicide, I’d be out there right now on a skiff screaming, John David! Lucy! Where are you?”

“That’s not happening,” the CrimeOnline publisher insisted, noting how Laundrie’s parents Roberta and Christopher Laundrie were instead mowing their lawn, meeting with their lawyer, and calling 911 on the press and protesters at their residence. Grace also listed another reason why she thinks the missing fugitive is not in the flooded reserve. “No fresh water in the swamp,” she said. “There’s no buzzards, there’s no freshwater, and mama is not crying,” Grace said. “He’s not in that swamp.”

The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office and other surrounding law enforcement agencies continue their search in the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve for Brian Laundrie, who is a person of interest after his fiancé Gabby Petito went missing on September 21, 2021, in Venice, Florida. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

Grace, who is a former prosecutor, also chimed in on the recently released 911 audio from a dispatcher who sent Moab city police officers after Petito and Laundrie's Ford Transit van following reports of a possible domestic incident. “Under the circumstances that we now know, the cops could have arrested him, because what we’re learning now is that they knew about the prior hitting incident,” she said. “Apparently, two witnesses saw Brian Laundrie hit and slap Gabby. A third said he only saw Brian Laundrie shove her. So under those circumstances they could have arrested him.”

“As it is they decided, she was the aggressor based on what the two of them said, and (the officers) faced the prospect that if they went to court, she probably would not testify against him,” Grace added. She reviewed body camera footage of the discussion between officers, Petito, and Laundrie, and “thought they were being very solicitous and kind to Gabby.” However, Grace said the audio from the 911 dispatcher, telling officers that witnesses saw Laundrie hitting Petito twice, "changes things."


Rose Davis, a friend of Petito, said that Laundrie has wilderness survival skills that he could use to evade arrest. “He is out in the wilderness, I promise you," Davis told People. “...If he’s alive, he’s out there, camping out... He lived in the Appalachians by himself for months.” Davis also said that Laundrie and Petito's relationship was “very toxic", and Laundrie had “jealousy issues."

"At the time, it just seemed like he was jealous," said Davis, 21. "Honestly, it seemed like a jealousy problem, which I understood because, you look at Brian and then you look at Gabby and you're like, 'Gabby, you could have anyone in this entire world.'" She described Laundrie as "a sociopath" adept at lying and said that Petito often opened up about the tense altercations between them. Davis also claimed that Laundrie is an avid reader and "does not have friends."

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