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Brian Laundrie death latest – Petition calls for North Port Police probe after mistaking Gabby Petito’s man for his mom

A PETITION is calling for an investigation into the North Port Police for their handling of the Gabby Petito-Brian Laundrie case.

Launched one month ago, the petition already has nearly 5,000 signatures.

Started by Gabby's Safe Haven 2.0, the petition intends to reach Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

The description reads: "I would like to request a formal internal investigation into the missing person and person of interest in Gabby Petito's death, Brian Laundrie's case.

"Specifically the handling of the case by the North Port Police Department, City of North Port Public Information Officer Josh Taylor, and North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison.

"The inconsistencies that the public has received in this case is beyond baffling, even before Gabby Petito was officially reported missing. 

"The North Port Police Department has been incompetent in their handling of both Gabby Petito's missing person case as well as the Brian Laundrie's missing person case.

"Millions of taxpayers' money was spent on this investigation over a month's time with little to no results.

"Within a day of the search area being opened back up to the public, the person of interest's parents were the ones to discover belongings of that of their son.

"Handling of evidence and chain of custody is highly suspicious," it claims.

"Even after the remains of Brian Laundrie were discovered and confirmed, the search area was reopened to the public once again within 24 hours of discovery.

"The whole investigation is a showing of the complete incompetence of the North Port Police Department and should thoroughly be internally investigated.

As for the group organizing the petition, Gabby's Safe Haven 2.0 has a private Facebook group with nearly 700 members.

One of the group rules reads in part: "We are all here for one reason only, justice for Gabby."

According to the group's Change.org profile, their mission is "To help those that have been or are going through domestic violence situations."

Laundrie, 23, and his 22-year-old fiancé, Petito, were on a road trip when she mysteriously disappeared, resulting in the case gaining national attention.

Her body was found in Wyoming on September 19, after Laundrie retired home to Florida alone on September 1.

Her death was ruled a homicide by strangulation.

Laundrie's body was also found in a Florida park last month.

It was confirmed on November 23 that Laundrie died by suicide by a gunshot wound to the head.

It remains unclear what could happen next in the case, as there are some reports that Laundrie's parents could face evidence tampering charges.

The Laundries knew a gun was missing from their collection when their son went missing, according to reports.

While Laundrie wasn't charged, nor was he publicly named a suspect regarding Petito's death, he was the sole person of interest in the case.


Brian Laundrie timeline

Brian Laundrie has not been seen since the morning of September 13. Here is a timeline of Laundrie's latest whereabouts:

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