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October 22, 2021

Brian Laundrie’s remains found, attention shifts to his parents

The FBI’s Denver office confirmed that the remains found in a Florida nature reserve alongside a backpack are those of Brian Laundrie, who went missing last month.

The attention now shifts to his parents’ actions following the homicide of Laundrie’s girlfriend, Gabby Petito, and Laundrie’s subsequent disappearance.

Chris and Roberta Laundrie joined the search party Wednesday morning and found a bag belonging to Brian, a situation that their attorney called “happenstance.”

“As they went further in, Chris ventured off the trail into the woods. He was zigzagging in different areas, law enforcement was doing the same thing. And Roberta Laundrie was walking down the trail,” said Steven Bertolino, the Laundries’ lawyer. “At some point, Chris locates what’s called a dry bag. The dry bag is a white bag, laying in the woods, say 20 feet or so off the trail.”

Bertolino explained that law enforcement wasn’t around when Chris found it, but he didn’t want to leave the bag there near a news reporter, so he picked it up.

The Laundries reported Brian missing on Sep. 17, initially telling law enforcement he’d left their home on Sep. 14 for the Carlton Reserve. A few weeks later, Bertolino said he’d actually left home on Sep. 13.

Former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani said the Laundries potentially committed crimes in this situation.

“Their initial actions weren’t consistent with folks who were concerned about the well-being of their future daughter-in-law,” Rahmani said. “They didn’t contact law enforcement right away, they lawyered up, they potentially gave their son a week-long head start.”


Brian Laundrie search: Attention shifts to parents after human remains found

October 14, 2021

Gabby Petito strangled weeks before her body was found, coroner says

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue announced Gabby Petito’s cause of death at a news conference this week. Petito, 22, died of strangulation three to four weeks before her body was found on Sept. 19.

The coroner previously classified Petito’s death as a homicide but did not disclose the cause pending further results.

Blue didn’t elaborate much more on Petito’s physical condition, including indications of the method of strangulation — but he did note that she wasn’t pregnant.

Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, is a person of interest in this case, and he remains at large.


Coroner: Gabby Petito strangled 3-4 weeks before body found

September 25, 2021

Gabby Petito case update: arrest warrant issued for Brian Laundrie

Police charged Gabby Petito’s boyfriend with unauthorized debit card use as the search for him continued.

A federal grand jury indicted Brian Laundrie for allegedly using a Capital One Bank card and personal identification number to make unauthorized withdrawals or charges worth more than $1,000 when Petito went missing. The indictment does not say who the card belonged to or disclose the nature of the charges.

Petito’s remains were found in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The 22-year-old went missing during a cross-country road trip with Laundrie.

Officials urged anyone with information on Laundrie’s whereabouts or his role in Petito’s death to contact the FBI.


Gabby Petito case: Brian Laundrie charged with illegal bank card use

September 22, 2021

MSNBC host on Gabby Petito case: ‘missing white woman syndrome’

MSNBC’s Joy Reid raised some eyebrows with her comments regarding media coverage of Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old woman whose disappearance gained national attention.

“It goes without saying that no family should ever have to endure that kind of pain. And the Petito family certainly deserves answers and justice,” Reid said. “But the way this story has captivated the nation has many wondering, why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?”

“Well, the answer actually has a name: missing white woman syndrome. The term coined by the late and great Gwen Iffil to describe the media and public fascination with missing white women like Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway, while ignoring cases involving missing people of color,” Reid added.

Reid went on to suggest that missing women of color don’t gain as much attention because they don’t resemble the relatives of newsroom executives.


MSNBC’s Joy Reid dismisses focus on Gabby Petito case as ‘missing White woman syndrome’

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