Will Brian Laundrie's parents go missing? Internet says 'pattern' indicates they will
Brian Laundrie had twice camped with his parents in Fort De Soto Park, some 75 miles away from their home, after arriving home alone on September 1
Online sleuths have claimed that following the pattern of events unfolding in the Gabby Petito case, her missing fiance Brian Laundrie's parents could disappear next.
Critics took Chris and Roberta Laundrie to task for their apparent silence while Petito was missing and for not reporting that their son had disappeared until September 17, three days after he told them he was going for a hike in Carlton Reserve and never returned. According to experts, there might be more to Laundrie's disappearance despite his parents denying through their lawyer that they have information on his whereabouts, The Sun reported.
The Laundries are facing increasing scrutiny as internet sleuths are suggesting both parents could also disappear before the son is found. "I'm expecting the parents to go missing," one user wrote on Reddit. "Maybe they just innocently feel like taking a swamp camping trip indefinitely," another added. Meanwhile, some criticized the fact that Laundrie went missing over a fortnight ago despite federal agents coming to his North Port, Florida residence and attempting to speak with him the same week he disappeared. "There are eyes on the parents. That means they can't go missing right?" one user wondered.
This comes after an ex-FBI official questioned what information Chris and Roberta Laundrie might have. “What do Laundrie's parents really know,” former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe said during an interview with Headline News. “When you think about essentially taking a weekend camping vacation with your son who just returned back from months on the road camping with his fiancée, and returned without his fiancée - it's almost impossible to imagine that conversations didn’t take place between them." McCabe said the parents would probably want to have some basic questions answered, such as “like, oh, I don't know 'Where is your fiancee?" and ‘Why did you leave her in Wyoming - or wherever he claims to have parted ways?’"
Earlier this week, it emerged that Laundrie had twice camped with his parents in Fort De Soto Park — some 75 miles away from their home — after arriving home alone on September 1 with the Ford Transit van he and Petito were touring the country in. It was also reported that Laundrie's mother canceled her camping reservations for two people just days before her son returned home. She had originally made the reservations at a Florida park on August 24 and then changed it to accommodate three people on September 3. Local authorities confirmed on Wednesday that surveillance footage from their stay has been handed over to the FBI.
Meanwhile, reality TV star Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman also joined the search for Laundrie on Saturday. He has since claimed that Laundrie and his parents entered Fort De Soto on September 6 but only two people left the park on September 8. Considering, the popular bail bondsman suggested that Laundrie stayed in the park. However, witness accounts from neighbors of the Laundries contradicted Chapman's claims saying they saw the missing fugitive hanging around in front of the family's North Port house following that date.
While Chapman has continued to search for Laundrie in the historical park, the FBI is combing through the Carlton Reserve where he left the vehicle he was last seen driving. FBI agents arrived at the Laundrie home on Thursday to "collect personal items for K9s to track his scent" as the manhunt intensified. Laundrie and Petito had reportedly lived at the residence with the former's parents for the past two years. "The FBI is at the Laundrie home today to collect some personal items belonging to Brian that will assist the canines in their search for Brian," Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said of the FBI operation. "There is nothing more to this," he added.