MISSING Gabby Petito’s furious family slammed Brian Laundrie for “hiding” as his parents just admitted he vanished days ago. B
MISSING Gabby Petito’s furious family slammed Brian Laundrie for “hiding” as his parents just admitted he vanished days ago.
Brian Laundrie‘s family admitted on Friday that he’s been missing as cops and federal agents launched a search for him — the “person of interest” in his fiance’s disappearance.
A search is underway for Brian Laundrie[/caption]
Law enforcement are pictured at Brian Laundrie’s family home on Friday[/caption]
Police are seen outside Laundrie’s family, where a crowd of people stood in the street[/caption]
Laundrie’s attorney said the FBI showed up at his family’s residence ‘removing property to assist in locating Brian’[/caption]
Nearly a week into the search for Petito, officers with the North Port Police Department entered Laundrie’s Florida home to speak with his family —but Laundrie was nowhere to be found.
Laundrie’s family had requested police come to their home and speak with them after claiming to have not seen Brian for days.
North Port Police Public Information Officer Josh Taylor told the New York Post: “His family has reported that they have not seen Brian as of Tuesday.”
The news about Laundry’s disappearance prompted Petito’s family to issue a statement.
Petito’s family statement, obtained by News 4 New York’s Pei-Sze Cheng, reads: “All of Gabby’s family want the world to know that Brian is not missing.
“He is hiding. Gabby is missing.”
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Meanwhile, Laundrie’s attorney said in a statement to reporters on Friday, according to ABC7: “Be advised, the whereabouts of Brian Laundrie are currently unknown.
“The FBI is currently at the Laundrie residence removing property to assist in locating Brian.”
Read our Gabby Petito live blog for the very latest news and updates…
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is now trying to locate him and Petito, Laundrie’s attorney concluded.
North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison took to Twitter after police spoke with Laundrie’s family.
Garrison wrote: “Once we have the details, a statement will be made. We ask for calm!
“Please let us work through this and information will be forthcoming.”
Several police officers were seen going into the Laundrie family home in North Port, Florida, as protesters stood outside yelling: “Justice for Gabby” and “Bring Gabby Home.”
One officer reportedly carried an evidence bag inside. Shortly after, the officers made their way outside and into a mustang convertible parked in the driveway, local journalist Brian Entin reported.
When officers left the Laundrie household, they reportedly didn’t take anyone with them.
Laundrie’s disappearance comes after his 22-year-old fiance went missing after they went on a cross-country road trip together.
It also comes about 16 days after he reportedly returned back home to Florida on September 1, without Petito.
On Tuesday, Laundrie released a statement through his lawyer saying the Laundrie family would remain “in the background” as the investigation unfolds.
“This is an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family,” the statement said.
“I understand that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. On behalf of the Laundrie family it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is re-united with her family.
“On the advice of counsel the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment.”
On Thursday, Laundrie’s sister, Cassie Laundrie, spoke out on ABC’s GMA and said: “All I want is for her to come home safe and found.”
Petito was last seen on August 24 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Gabby’s dad, Joe Petito, took to Instagram Friday night to reveal he just had a “break down.”
“I grab a bottle of whiskey, and took a walk in the rain. I cried, a lot. There’s a chance I won’t see her again. I won’t hear hear voice on New Years, or hug her on Christmas. I broke down,” he captioned a photo of his daughter.
“But then I stopped feeling sorry for myself and remembered there’s a job that’s not done. There’s a good chance we bring her home safe. So a picked myself, and I am going back to work. Don’t lose Hope.”
Petito was last seen on August 24[/caption]
Police officers are seen leaving Laundrie’s home on Friday night[/caption]
When officers left the Laundrie household, they reportedly didn’t take anyone with them[/caption]
A search is now underway to locate Laundrie and Petito[/caption]
North Port Police Department officers entered Laundrie’s home to speak with his family[/caption]
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