Watch live as police and FBI search family home of Brian Laundrie
Police have been tipped off to a potential sighting of Brian Laundrie near Mobile, Alabama, according to reports. A body found there is unrelated to the search for Mr Laundrie. On Monday, a 911 call from a witness to Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie’s fight in Utah was released, providing details on the encounter.
Earlier today, the FBI executed a search warrant at the Laundrie house, which is now considered a crime scene. The search for Mr Laundrie continues after the FBI announced they found a body believed to be missing van-life blogger Ms Petito in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
The body was found close to the site where a couple claimed to have seen the van Ms Petito and her fiancé had been travelling in together. The couple said they saw the van on 25 August, which narrowed the potential search area for investigators.
On Monday, police said they had “exhausted all avenues” for finding Ms Petito’s fiancé, Mr Laundrie, who left his Florida home and disappeared into the Florida wilderness.
Ms Petito and her fiancé were reportedly arguing and hitting each other, according to a police report from Utah. The couple, who were on a road trip in Ms Petito’s van, were spotted having an argument in Moab City, Utah on 12 August.
Ms Petito disappeared while on a road trip with her fiancé, Mr Laundrie, who returned without her, prompting a frantic search for the 22-year-old woman that began on 11 September. Mr Laundrie later was named a person of interest in the search.
Sign up to our free breaking news email to follow this story.
Brian Laundrie’s lawyer expected to give Tuesday press conference
Steven Bertolino, Brian Laundrie’s lawyer, is expected to speak to the media at 1 pm in Long Island on Tuesday to address his client’s whereabouts and the FBI search, according to Tampa Bay reporter Shannon Clowe.
She posted a message from Mr Bertolino in which he told her not to expect “any bombshells.”
Autopsy to be performed on suspected Gabby Petito remains on Tuesday
The Teton County Coroner’s Office will carry out the autopsy on the unidentified remains on Tuesday, 21 September, authorities have confirmed. All information related to the autopsy will be released by the FBI’s Denver office, said Coroner Brent Blue.
GoFundMe organiser shares heartbreaking message
“The worst fears of any parent have been realized with the recovery of Gabby. We are devastated and heartbroken,” wrote organiser Gary Rider.
“On behalf of the entire family, we send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed and donated to help in our search for Gabby. We still do not have the words that seem appropriate to truly express how grateful we are and how uplifting this support has been during this challenging time.
“As an update to the fund’s purpose, we will use these funds to continue to cover the general expenses incurred by the search and efforts to find and bring Gabby home, transportation, legal fees, and care of the family through this difficult period.
“The family will donate any remaining funds to a charity of their choosing at a later time.”
With the family's permission, I am starting this Go Fund me to raise funds to aid in the search for Gab… Gary Rider needs your support for Help us find Gabby
FBI confirms it has concluded search of Laundrie home in Florida
“The FBI search at the Laundrie residence in North Port has concluded. No further details since this is an ongoing investigation. We continue to ask for the public’s assistance in the Gabby Petito investigation,” tweeted the FBI’s Tampa office.
Law enforcement visited home of Brian Laundrie’s sister after raid on his family home
Fox News said that the officers visited the home of Cassie Laundrie in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, hours after the FBI raided Brian Laundrie’s parents’ home in North Port, Florida.
Search warrant reveals rising tensions with Brian Laundrie and ‘odd’ final text message to mother
Text messages sent by Gabby Petito to her mother in the days before her disappearance showed growing strain between her and Brian Laundrie, a police search warrant has revealed.
Ms Petito’s mother Nichole Schmidt’s suspicions were further raised when she received a final “odd text” in which Ms Petito mentioned her grandfather by his first name “Stan” on 27 August, the warrant stated.
Ms Schmidt said the text was concerning because her daughter never called her grandfather by his first name.
Bevan Hurley has the story.
Gabby Petito’s mother was suspicious when her daughter referred to her grandfather by his first name Stan in a final 27 August text
FBI agents leave the Laundrie house
The FBI appears to have concluded its search of the Laundrie family home in North Port, Florida.
Body found in Alabama not connected to Brian Laundrie search
A body found in Tillman’s Corner, Alabama is not related to the search for Brian Laundrie, according to a Mobile Police Department spokesperson.
The body was found in an area where a witness claimed to have seen a man resembling Mr Laundrie on 17 September.
Did Brian Laundrie leave a note helping the FBI located Gabby Petito?
The search effort that recovered the body of Gabby Petito began after the FBI met with the Laundrie family on Friday.
Did Brian Laundrie leave a note for authorities that helped them narrow their search?
The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe explores the possibility below...
Investigators refuse to say what triggered massive search at spread creek campsite
Subscribe to Independent Premium to bookmark this article
Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Start your Independent Premium subscription today.