The parents of missing Brian Laundrie broke cover together Thursday morning, accompanied by two law enforcement vehicles as they drove through their hometown of North Port, Florida.
Christopher Laundrie, 62, and his wife Roberta, 55, were seen appearing from their home at 8:15 am before getting into their red Dodge Ram pickup truck and travelling in the direction of the local police station on their own.
Soon after they were spotted retreating to their three-bedroom home on the usually peaceful residential road, tailed by a North Port Police SUV and a black Ford 150 assumed to be an FBI vehicle.
But then the grim-faced pair took off again in their vehicle, by themselves, to parts unknown.
Brian’s silver Ford Mustang convertible, which was taken by the FBI in a climactic 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 as 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 fiancé 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.
Brian Laundrie is deemed a person of interest in her disappearance and death, which has been ruled a homicide.
Police divers joined the hunt for Brian Laundrie on Wednesday as more than 50 law enforcement officers from eight agencies proceeded to search the 25,000-acre alligator and snake-infested swampland of Carlton Reserve, near the Laundrie house.
Brian Laundrie was believed to be hiding out in his parent’s Florida home until September 14, when he purportedly set off on a trek 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 discovered stranded near the Carlton Reserve with a note requesting it be towed away.
North Port Police commander Joe Fussell, who’s helping to organise the hunt, said on Wednesday that the guys, their law enforcement partners are motivated and they’re hungry to find Brian Laundrie.
He said that it was rough out there, it’s hot and it’s wet and that they’re working to cover every area of the reserve.
How the police even let Brian Laundrie out of their sight is a great mystery.
Do the parents of Brian Laundrie know where their son is? Because if they didn’t, they would be out looking for him as well, but then they’ve been put in a position to rat out their son, and most parents wouldn’t do that because blood is thicker than water. They might have even got him out of town.
However, we don’t know what really happened. We can surmise what might have taken place, but we actually have no idea, and everyone acts as if they know what transpired or what he told his parent’s et cetera, but at the moment there’s so much circumstantial evidence.
There are a lot of suspicions, and sadly they might be true, but for the time being, people shouldn’t throw out accusations or judgement because it’s hurting everyone concerned, but the plot does thicken.
The question he is, what would you do for your son? How far would you go to protect him?
Brian Laundrie might have killed Gabby Petito – perhaps not intentionally but in the heat of the moment. Then returns home to where he was living, with his parents, and he will probably give himself up at some point when the reality of isolated wilderness and living outside in the winter sets in.