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Federal prosecutor claims Brian Laundrie’s parents could face charges if they helped him flee

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A former federal prosecutor has claimed Brian Laundrie’s parents could be charged with obstruction and additional charges if they provided false information to police.

So far, parents Chris and Roberta Laundrie have not been charged with any crime. However, critics have followed every move and they are skeptical of their claims that they know nothing about the location of their son Brian.

The family said nothing about Petito being missing and only last week, Dog the Bounty Hunter said that Laundrie and his parents went on a camping trip at Fort De Soto Park from Sept. 1-3 and Sept. 6-8.

He added that on the last visit, only the parents left.

“If they’ve given law enforcement false information that causes Brian Laundrie to take off and have a week’s head start, or if the parents send the police on a wild goose chase to search the reservation while he wasn’t there, there’s certainly a basis to charge them,” he said. Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor, told Fox news.

The Laundrie family has been tight-lipped since Petito’s disappearance, even though she lived with them before her and Brian left to travel the country and visit national parks.

Chris (back) and Roberta (front) Laundrie, parents of Brian Laundrie, leave their North Port, Florida, and have no idea where their son is

Parents of missing Brian Laundrie, seen last Thursday, are under FBI surveillance

Parents of missing Brian Laundrie, seen last Thursday, are under FBI surveillance

Brian arrived home with his parents on September 1 without ex-fiancée Gabby Petito in the van they were traveling in.

An FBI-led search team eventually found Petito’s remains near Grand Teton National Park on Sept. 19, at a campground where she was staying in the van with Laundrie in late August.

So far, Brian has only been described as a “person of interest” in the Petito case.

His only charges are fraudulently using a debit card for allegedly using a debit card that does not belong to him without authorization and collecting more than $1,000.

“Since he immediately became a lawyer, I doubt they made any statements,” said Pat Diaz, a former Miami-Dade homicide detective.

‘So it will be difficult to prove’ [wrongdoing] unless they get real evidence about the parents, which I don’t think they will.’

What exactly the laundries told the investigators remains unknown, but if they remained almost completely silent behind closed doors, as they have done in public, it would be difficult to prove how they lied to authorities, he added. Diaz to it.

But the FBI may have found physical or digital evidence that is not yet publicly available.

The Laundrie’s home in North Port, Florida, where Gabby and Brian lived before deciding to explore national parks across the country in a converted Ford Transit bus

Brian Laundrie, 23, who has been reported missing since Sept. 14, remains a stakeholder in the disappearance and death of fiancé Gabby Petito

Brian Laundrie, 23, who has been reported missing since Sept. 14, remains a stakeholder in the disappearance and death of fiancé Gabby Petito

The Ford Transit van Gabby and Brian were traveling in is seen in the driveway of the laundromat on September 20, 19 days after Brian returned home without his girlfriend

The Ford Transit van Gabby and Brian were traveling in is seen in the driveway of the laundromat on September 20, 19 days after Brian returned home without his girlfriend

Lara Yeretsian, a Los Angeles-based criminal defense attorney, said the possible charges against the Laundriers depend on what they told the FBI when investigators searched their home last month, and whether they actually misled or defrauded authorities.

“We don’t have enough information,” she said. “These are all guesses, honestly.”

But if Brian’s parents are charged, Yerestian said, it’s likely the violations involve obstruction of justice or accessory after the fact.

The family’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, said Brian saw his sister Cassie twice in the first week of September, though she told reporters on September 17 that she hadn’t had any contact with her brother.

However, Bertolino insists that Brian’s whereabouts are unknown and that the parents have no idea where their son is. Petito’s parents’ lawyer has claimed that Brian Laundrie is hiding.

Petito and Laundrie had been traveling together on a cross-country trip since July 2, when they left New York.  Petito was reported missing on September 11.

Petito and Laundrie had been traveling together on a cross-country trip since July 2, when they left New York. Petito was reported missing on September 11.

Rahmani said he expects federal investigators to have already started recalling phone records and other evidence as part of the investigation and more serious charges against Laundrie will soon be brought forward.

He also said the unusual silence of the Laundrie family is suspicious.

“People who worry about their future daughter-in-law don’t act like that,” he said. “They don’t call a lawyer until they report her missing, do they?

‘They assist with an investigation. They don’t go camping when they’re looking for someone. Everything they’ve done is in conflict with someone who’s concerned about finding their missing children.”

Timeline of Missing Gabby Petito’s Case

  • July 1st: Gabby Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, left Blue Point, New York for a cross-country trip
  • August 12: Moab, Utah police respond to a domestic incident involving the couple
  • August 21: Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, has his last FaceTime video call with his daughter who was in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • August 24: Petito was last seen in a Salt Lake City hotel with Laundrie
  • August 25: Petito last calls her mom, Nicole Schmidt, saying she was in Grand Teton National Park
  • August 25 or 26: The couple chatted for about 20 minutes with the owner of a shop called ‘Rustic Row’ in Victor, Utah
  • August 27: Video of Petito’s van was taken by blogger Jenn Bethune, of Red White & Bethune, at around 6:30 PM at the Spread Creek Campground
  • August 29: The day Wisconsin TikToker Miranda Baker claimed she and her boyfriend were approached by Laundrie in Grand Teton National Park and asked for a ride at 5:30 p.m.; Schmidt says she doesn’t like this claim and believes it may be factual
  • August 30: Schmidt receives last text from Petito: ‘No service in Yosemite’
  • 1st of September: Laundromat returns to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida in a van without Petito
  • Sept 6-7: Laundromat and his parents visit Fort De Soto campground in Florida
  • September 11: Schmidt reports Petito missing to New York authorities; Petito and Laundrie’s van was seized by police in Florida that same day
  • September 12th: Grand Teton National Park rangers search for Petito
  • Sept 14: Laundromat issues a statement through his lawyer about Petito’s disappearance; Also on this day Laundrie would have left his parents’ house for a walk
  • Sep 15: Laundromat has been officially named a person of interest in Petito’s case
  • September the 17th: Laundrie family lawyer confirms his whereabouts are unknown
  • September 18th: North Port Police and FBI begin to search Sarasota County Carlton Reservation for missing Brian Laundrie
  • Sep 19: Bethune realizes she has a video of Petito’s van around noon and 10 minutes later submits to the FBI with the footage; Officials announce body found near Grand Teton National Park matching Petito’s description in the afternoon
  • September 21: Coroner confirms that remains found in Grand Tetons belong to Petito. Her death is considered murder, but her cause of death is still under investigation
  • Sept 20 – 22: FBI and North Port Police Continue to Search for Laundromat in Carton Reserve
  • Sept 22: Neighbors say they saw the Laudries packing their detached camper on the day Gabby was reported missing. Photos from DailyMail.com show the RV was back in the driveway two days later, on September 13
  • Sept 23: FBI issues arrest warrant for Laundrie for “use of unauthorized access devices” for fraudulently using a Capitol One Bank debit card that did not belong to him between August 30 and September 1 to spend $1,000; An investigation is launched into police handling of the Utah police incident on Aug. 12; Laundrie’s parents visit their lawyer in Orlando
  • 25th of September: Dog the Bounty Hunter is going to look for a laundromat
  • 26th September: A funeral is held for Petito in Holbrook, New York, and her family launches a charity to help parents find missing children
  • Sep 27: The manhunt for the laundromat in the Carlton Reservation is scaled back after a 10-day search fails to find it. Dog the Bounty Hunter says Laundrie and his parents stayed at Fort De Soto Park from Sept. 1-3 and Sept. 6-8 — and that on the last visit, only the parents left
  • Sep 28: Laundrie’s mother is accused of using a burner phone to contact her son September 29: Documents show that Laundrie’s mother canceled a reservation for the campground at Fort De Soto Park for two from September 1 to 3 and booked for three from September 6 to 8; FBI seizes surveillance footage from the site; FBI Investigating Clue Laundrie Bought a Burner Phone on Sept. 14; Dog the Bounty Hunter searches the area near Fort De Soto and finds a recently drunk can of Monster Energy at a makeshift campground deep in the woods
  • September 30th: Bodycam footage of a second officer in the August 12 incident is released showing a distressed Petito admitting that Laundrie beat her; FBI Agents Collect More Evidence From Laundry House
  • October 1: It turns out Laundrie’s sister was in touch with him after she said she did

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