Brian Laundrie’s parents are escorted home by law enforcement vehicles
EXCLUSIVE: Grim-faced parents of missing Brian Laundrie are seen escorted home by law enforcement vehicles after visit to local police station – and then mysteriously take off again in their truck, by themselves, to parts unknown
- Christopher Laundrie, 62, and wife Roberta, 55, were seen leaving their North Port, Florida home Thursday morning
- The parents of missing person of interest Brian Laundrie looked solemn as they got into their red Dodge Ram and headed in the direction of the police station
- They were soon seen returning to their three-bedroom house escorted by a North Port Police SUV and a black Ford 150 believed to be an FBI vehicle
- At the same time, Brian’s silver Mustang was returned by a tow truck crew after being seized by FBI agents on Monday
- The vehicle was impounded after it was found abandoned last week at the nearby Carlton nature reserve
- The outing comes days after federal agents stormed the residence and hauled Brian’s parents away for questioning, while declaring the area a crime scene
- The search for Brian Laundrie, 23, will enter its fifth day Thursday
Published: 17:02, 23 September 2021 | Updated: 20:49, 23 September 2021
The parents of missing Brian Laundrie broke cover together Thursday morning, escorted by two law enforcement vehicles as they drove through their hometown of North Port, Florida.
Christopher Laundrie, 62, and wife Roberta, 55, were seen emerging from their house at 8:15am before getting into their red Dodge Ram pickup truck and heading in the direction of the local police station on their own.
Shortly afterwards they were spotted returning to their three-bedroom house on the normally quiet residential road, tailed by a North Port Police SUV and a black Ford 150 believed to be an FBI vehicle.
But then the grim-faced couple took off again in their truck, by themselves, to parts unknown.
Christopher Laundrie, 62, and wife Roberta, 55, were seen leaving their North Port, Florida home during a rare foray into town on Thursday morning
The parents of missing person of interest Brian Laundrie were pictured getting into their red Dodge Ram pickup truck before setting off in the direction of the police station
The parents looked solemn and were silent as they emerged from their house, which has been the focus of media attention since Gabby Petito’s disappearance
Brian Laundrie, 23, who was reported missing last week, remains a person of interest in the disappearance and death of fiancee Gabby Petito
Brian’s silver Ford Mustang convertible – which was seized by the FBI in a dramatic raid on the Laundries’ home on Monday – was returned to the house by a tow truck crew when the couple returned from town only to leave again a short while later.
Christopher and Roberta Laundrie looked solemn has they headed to their pickup truck for the start of the mysterious journey.
The development came on day five in the hunt for Brian Laundrie, 23, the fiance of van-life woman Gabby Petito, 22, who was found dead at a national park in Wyoming on Sunday – eight days after she was reported missing.
Laundrie is considered a person of interest in her disappearance and death, which has been ruled a homicide.
Gabby last spoke to her family on August 25 from Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. She had been traveling with Laundrie in the couple’s camper van since July and the two were meant to return home in October.
Laundrie, however, traveled back to his family’s North Port, Florida home on September 1 without Gabby, and refused to speak to authorities about her disappearance.
Roberta Laundrie gets into the passenger seat as she leaves the house Thursday morning
Christopher Laundrie, 62, was seen driving away from their home and headed in the direction of the police station
The couple were soon spotted returning to the house in their normally quiet residential road, tailed by a North Port Police SUV and a black Ford 150 believed to be an FBI vehicle
FBI agents seized Brian Laundrie’s silver Ford Mustang convertible during a dramatic raid of the family home on Monday. It was returned to the house by a tow truck crew Thursday morning
On Wednesday, neighbors revealed that they had seen Laundrie and his parents packing an ‘attached camper’ used for their long-weekend camping trips after he returned to the home.
Charlene and William Guthrie claim they saw the Laundries hook up the camper to the back of their pickup truck for a weekend trip away on September 11 – the same day Gabby was reported missing.
The family would have returned about two days later as DailyMail.com photos show the camper back in the driveway on September 13.
When police contacted the Guthries, William told them about the family’s trip, noting that it was unusual for Christopher and Roberta to go off in such a small camper with their 23-year-old son.
‘I saw them doing some work. And then when they prepared for their trip, I saw them loading the camper,’ William told Fox News.
The Gunthries added that living next to the Laundries has become a nightmare since Gabby and later Laundrie went missing, with police and reporters roaming the neighborhood for nearly a month investigating the case.
The Laundrie family were initially reluctant to cooperate with the investigation until Brian went missing last week.
Charlene and William Guthrie told Fox they spotted the Laundries leaving for a camping trip just days after Brian Laundrie returned home alone without the missing Gabby Petito
A DailyMail.com image taken on September 13 shows the Laundrie’s camper in their driveway. Neighbors said they hooked it up to the red pickup truck in front of it for a weekend camping trip on September 11 – the day Gabby was reported missing
Police divers joined the search for Laundrie on Wednesday as more than 50 law enforcement officers from eight agencies continued to comb the 25,000-acre alligator and snake-infested swampland of Carlton Reserve, near the Laundrie home.
Laundrie was believed to be hiding out in his parents’ Florida home until September 14, when he purportedly set off on a hike at the local nature reserve.
His family said they last saw him that day wearing a hiking bag, but did not report him missing until three days later, on September 17.
His silver Ford Mustang was also found abandoned near the Carlton Reserve with a note requesting it be towed away.
‘These guys, our law enforcement partners are motivated and they are hungry to find Brian Laundrie,’ North Port Police commander Joe Fussell, who is helping to coordinate the search, said Wednesday.
‘It’s rough out there, it’s hot, it’s wet.
We are trying to cover every acre in this reserve.’
North Port Police Department on Wednesday evening tweeted that the search had concluded for the day, and would resume in the morning.
Officials believe Laundrie had fled into the 24,000-acre preserve teeming with alligators and snakes after telling his parents he was going on a hike
‘The ground search for Brian Laundrie has been halted for the evening.
Nothing found,’ they said.
‘We will be back out Thursday, similar operation.’
Earlier on Wednesday there was a flurry of activity as divers were brought to the site, but it later emerged that there was no connection to the case.
The team, made up of about 10 divers, was requested by North Port Police on Wednesday morning, said Sarasota County Sheriff’s office spokesperson Kaitlyn Perez.
‘These divers are specifically trained and very talented in low visibility bodies of water,’ Perez said.
‘They dive down where you and I can’t see anything at all.
They utilize technology and other special equipment to help them get down deep into really deep bodies of water, so they’re out there right now to recover whatever it is that they might find.’
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