U.S.|What we cognize astir Brian Laundrie, the fiancé of Gabrielle Petito.
- Sept. 19, 2021, 10:22 p.m. ET
Brian Laundrie, a Long Island native, is Gabrielle Petito’s fiancé and a “person of interest” successful her disappearance, arsenic helium was the past idiosyncratic known to person been with her earlier she went missing, according to the authorities.
Mr. Laundrie, 23, is himself missing aft his parents reported to the authorities that they had not seen him since Sept. 14, respective days aft helium refused to talk with investigators astir the whereabouts of Ms. Petito, the authorities said.
He had returned to his location successful North Port, Fla., connected Sept. 1 successful the achromatic Ford van that helium and Ms. Petito utilized successful their cross-country journey, which started connected July 2.
Mr. Laundrie archetypal met Ms. Petito astatine Bayport-Blue Point High School connected Long Island, according to Ms. Petito’s stepfather, Jim Schmidt.
The mates began their travel successful New York, from wherever they embarked connected what was expected to beryllium a four-month, cross-country travel visiting and camping successful nationalist parks, Mr. Schmidt said.
They documented their travels connected their Instagram accounts and connected YouTube, posting clips that showed them kissing and scaling rocks, scenes back-dropped by bluish skies and rugged terrain.
Ten days aft Mr. Laundrie returned to Florida, Ms. Petito was declared missing.
Chief Todd Garrison of the North Port Police posted a plea connected Twitter addressed to Steven Bertolino, Mr. Laundrie’s lawyer, asking him to put a speech with Mr. Laundrie.
At the time, Mr. Laundrie exercised his law close not to talk with the authorities, Chief Garrison said.
But connected Sept. 17, Mr. Laundrie’s parents summoned the constabulary to their location successful North Port and told them that they had not seen Mr. Laundrie successful 3 days.
Investigators past started a hunt for Mr. Laundrie astatine the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre parkland astir 13 miles from North Port, and wherever constabulary said his household believes helium traveled to. As of Sunday night, determination were nary reports from constabulary that helium had been found.