Protesters swarmed outside Brian Laundrie's Florida home Monday, blaming the 23-year-old's parents for not aiding police in the search for their runaway son as cops scaled back their hunt for the prime suspect in Gabby Petito's murder in an alligator-infested reserve.
'We know you're involved,' one of about a dozen protesters declared through the piercing resonance of a megaphone, pacing at the edge of Christopher and Roberta Laundrie's front yard in North Port - five miles from the nearby swampy reserve that police and federal agents are currently combing in search of their son.
'If you got nothing to hide, you would come out and tell the truth,' a protester proclaimed.
'Your silence is guilt!' he shouted.
A crowd of protesters congregated outside fugitive Brian Laundrie's Florida home Monday, chiding the 23-year-old fugitive's parents for not aiding police in the search for their son
The protesters brandished megaphones, pacing at the perimeter of the Laundrie home, shouting piercing remarks at the runaway's parents
The protests come on the heels of the North Port Police Department's announcement that the search for Laundrie in Sarasota County's Carlton Reserve - where Laundrie was last seen two weeks ago - would be scaled back due to safety concerns and handed over to the FBI, and after celebrity fugitive finder Dog the Bounty Hunter also visited the Laundrie's suburban home.
'I don’t think you’re going to see those large-scale types of efforts this week,' North Port Police spokesperson Josh Taylor announced Monday.
'The FBI is now leading the search. I'm told,' Taylor added. 'It will be scaled back and targeted based on intelligence. Hopefully, water will lower in areas hard to currently access.'
The clamorous outdoor campaign also comes two days after reality star Dog the Bounty Hunter paid the Laundries a very public visit, dramatically marching up their driveway and repeatedly pounding on their door until police were eventually called.
Florida police and federal agents are currently combing the swampy terrain of the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, but have scaled back their efforts due to the inherent danger of the park's geography
The search for Laundrie has been underway for nearly two weeks, with even helicopters being commissioned to fly over the reserve - however, investigators have come up empty in their efforts thus far
Reality star Dog the Bounty Hunter has dramatically joined the hunt for fugitive Brian Laundrie - exclusively vowing to DailyMail.com: 'I will find him'
The TV tough guy then announced Monday that he's received more than 1,000 tips since joining the search for Laundrie, exclusively telling DailyMail.com: 'I can't tell you more but we are getting leads every ten minutes.'
Asked if he was confident of solving the mystery of the missing Laundrie's whereabouts, Chapman confidently replied: 'Yes - I will find him.'
Protesters addressed the predicament facing police concerning the search of the swampy reserve - which boasts an expansive, unforgiving topography.
'This can all be prevented if you just come out and tell authorities what you know,' a protester announced Monday of police's ongoing, nearby search, which had to be diminished due to safety concerns for investigators.
Laundrie was last seen at the Carlton Reserve five miles from his family's home September 15; his father, Christopher, and mother, Roberta (not pictured), did not tell police of their son's disappearance until three days later, and have not cooperated with investigators in the subsequent search for their son - a person of interest in his fiance Gabby Petito's death
'Officers, FBI and law enforcement are searching for Brian - putting their lives in danger in the reserve,' a protester pointed out, addressing Laundrie's parents, who were advised by their attorney, Steve Bertolino, to not cooperate with police.
'This a poor little girl and her family who are suffering, because of what your son did,' one protester chided, before adding, accusingly, 'You know where he is.'
'Why are you hiding behind your attorneys and not speaking?'
'You can't hide from this.' one protester proclaimed outside Laundrie's home Monday, adding, 'The whole world is watching.'
Laundrie, 23, has been missing since September 15, after he allegedly told his parents he was going hiking in the nearby reserve.
His parents waited until three days later to notify cops that he had not returned.
Florida cattle rancher Alan McEwen, who lives just outside the reserve, told Fox News however, that if Laundrie is actually out there in the alligator-infested wilderness, the chance that he's still alive is slim to none - which would explain investigators' announcement about the scaled-back efforts of combing the reserve in coming day.
'There's no surviving out here, I don't know how to say it,' he told the outlet.
Florida cattle rancher Alan McEwen (pictured), who lives outside the Carlton Reserve (pictured), has spent 30 years exploring the area and said it's not somewhere humans can easily live
'I've been in the woods in and out all my life… I have learned a lot in my life, and one thing I know is no one is gonna survive out there for two weeks on foot.'
He had embarked on a cross-country road trip with his fiance Petito, 22, who was last seen alive on August 25. Laundrie returned home to Florida on September 1, and Petito was reported missing by her parents 11 days later.
After an extensive search at Grand Teton National Park's Spread Creek campground, Petito's remains were discovered on September 19. A coroner ruled that she died as a result of a homicide, but her manner of death has not yet been revealed.
Laundrie was named a person of interest in Petito's homicide death last week, and a warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest by the FBI after he fraudulently used a Capitol One Bank debit card that was not his following Petito's death.
The warrant states that Laundrie wanted for 'use of unauthorized access device' related to activities between August 30 and September 1, and that he used the card to obtain items totaling $1,000 or more.
FBI and local police are still searching the reserve as of Monday.