A lawyer for Brian Laundrie and his household mentioned Friday that Laundrie’s sister noticed him twice earlier than he disappeared final month, providing one other glimpse into his actions main as much as police discovering the physique of Laundrie’s girlfriend Gabby Petito.
Laundrie, 23, hung out along with his sister, Cassie Laundrie, on two events between Sept. 1, the day he returned dwelling to Florida from his multi-state roadtrip with out Petito, and Sept. 17, the day his household reported him lacking, his legal professional Steven Bertolino mentioned in an announcement Friday.
“Cassie noticed her brother Brian on September 01 when he stopped by her dwelling,” Bertolino texted Fox Information reporter Michael Ruiz, “and once more on September 6 at Fort De Soto Park” ― a campsite about an hour from the Laundrie household dwelling in North Port, Florida, the place Bertolino beforehand confirmed Laundrie and his mother and father camped from Sept. 6-7.
Cassie Laundrie, the one member of the household to talk on to the media for the reason that Petito case began dominating headlines, had beforehand mentioned of her brother on Good Morning America: “I haven’t been capable of speak to him. I want I may speak to him,” when requested to state “the oddest factor to you about all this.” Her remarks got here earlier than her brother was reported lacking.
Many interpreted that trade to imply Laundrie’s sister had not seen him in any respect, which might contradict the household legal professional’s assertion Friday. Laundrie’s lawyer attributed this to miscommunication.
“Any prior communication by Cassie that doesn’t replicate these dates is just a distinction of relating a solution to a query misinterpreted by Cassie or poorly posed by the inquirer,” Bertolino mentioned Friday, including that legislation enforcement is “effectively conscious of those dates” when she noticed her brother.
Regulation enforcement has recognized Laundrie as an individual of curiosity in his girlfriend’s disappearance and murder and has indicted him for unauthorized use of a debit card to withdraw greater than $1,000 throughout the interval through which Petito went lacking. Previous to Laundrie’s personal disappearance, he and his mother and father refused to talk with police about Petito, resulting in intense scrutiny from the general public about what he did and who he hung out with upon returning dwelling with out his 22-year-old girlfriend.
Petito’s physique was discovered on Sept. 19 in Wyoming, close to the place witnesses reported seeing the parked camper van she’d been dwelling and touring in with Laundrie, and her dying was rapidly dominated a murder. Authorities are nonetheless investigating the occasions main as much as Petito’s dying, together with Utah police responding to a home dispute between the couple in August, however have mentioned the method stays tough with out Laundrie’s cooperation.
This text initially appeared on HuffPost and has been up to date.