Search continues for Brian Laundrie as his family comes under scrutiny

Protesters who had lined up outside the home of Brian Laundrie’s parents in North Port, Florida have relocated and are now demonstrating in front of his sister’s house, Fox News reports, as the search for Laundrie continues weeks after his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, was found dead in Wyoming.

Laundrie has not been named a suspect in the case, but has been indicted on charges related to debit card fraud, reports note. Petito’s death, meanwhile, has been ruled a homicide.

Still missing

The couple, who some reports have said were engaged, had been on a months-long cross-country road trip together before Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11. Just over a week later, she was found dead — and Laundrie’s parents reported that he had gone missing, too.

Authorities have been searching for him in areas along the East Coast ever since, but have come up short. In the meantime, members of Laundrie’s family have spoken out in ways that are raising suspicions about what they may know about him and his whereabouts.

On Saturday, Fox shared on Twitter a video that showed demonstrators outside the home of Cassie Laundrie, Brian’s sister, as questions swirled surrounding an interview she did recently with Good Morning America.

Questions mount

In the interview, which aired Sept. 17, Cassie Laundrie said she hadn’t seen or heard from her brother. “I haven’t been able to talk to him. I wish I could talk to him,” she said, according to People magazine.

Brian Laundrie’s attorney, Steve Bertolino, later revealed that Cassie had seen her brother on at least two occasions in early September.

“Law enforcement agencies are well aware of these dates,” Bertolino explained in a statement, according to People. “Any prior communication by Cassie that does not reflect these dates is simply a difference of relating an answer to a question misinterpreted by Cassie or poorly posed by the inquirer.”

Investigation continues

According to a report from a local CBS affiliate in Tampa Bay, this latest development comes as the FBI continues its investigation into Petito’s death. As part of their probe, the FBI recently seized a phone they said had been purchased by Brian Laundrie.

He remains a person of interest in the case, but no one has been charged yet for the reported homicide.

“We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI,” a spokesperson for the FBI said late last month, according to NBC News.

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