COPS hunting for Brian Laundrie have claimed his parents story has “a lot of oddness” and contained “things that don’t make sense”.
The comments come after top lawyers said Laundrie, 23, “should surrender now” as the search for the fugitive intensifies.
North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said: “I don’t necessarily know what to believe anymore. I think it’s perfectly possible that they’re expressing what they know […] but we’ll see.”
He continued: “We’ve said from the beginning there’s a lot of oddness here, a lot of things that just didn’t make sense.
“I mean your son walks out there, now they're saying on a Monday, to report that on a Friday, and then be confused about what day that was… there are a lot of things that are odd there.”
Taylor admitted the cops are still “working to figure out” how Laundrie managed to vanish before adding that “no investigation is perfect”.
Those views were echoed by former Washington DC homicide detective Ted Williams who said there was something “very smelly” about the actions of Laundrie’s parents.
Referring to their actions over finding Laundrie’s car in the Carlton Reserve, Williams told Fox News: “You find the car, you leave the car, you come back later, you pick the car up – there is no Brian.
“There’s something very smelly about that. I would have to believe that the family know more than they’ve actually told about Brian going missing.”
So far, no physical signs have been found in a nature reserve being searched in an attempt to locate Laundrie.
Defence lawyers, whose clients include David Koresh and Robert Durst, say he is best to hand himself in immediately so that his defence team can work on his remaining charges.
"Presumably, there's going to be evidence that he used the card before, and he's going to claim, presumably, that he didn't know anything had happened to her, said Mark Geragos, a leading Los Angeles–based defense lawyer to Fox News.
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“Perhaps they had mixed their funds, and their funds were fungible."
Meanwhile, in light of the charge, Texas attorney Dick DeGuerin, added: "The only thing that a lawyer can do is to advise his client to surrender to the warrant."
"But nobody seems to know where he is, and that's not a good situation for the lawyer to be in because the lawyer may be getting his marching orders from the parents and not from the actual client."
Earlier this week Laundrie’s dad Chris joined authorities to look for his missing son.
The family’s lawyer Steven Bertolino said that Chris had offered to help the FBI and shown them “trails and places” that his son was known to frequent.
The 23-year-old has been missing for almost a month having been named as a person of interest in relation following the death of fiancée Gabby Petito.
The FBI soon issued a warrant for his arrest after saying he "knowingly and with intent to defraud" used a bank card that was later revealed to belong to the missing woman.
Laundrie’s parents told cops their son went missing after leaving their home to go on a solo hike at Carlton Reserve on September 13 and never returned, although they initially said he left their house the day after.
Police found the remains of Petito, his former girlfriend, near a campsite in Wyoming where the couple are said to have travelled.
A coroner later ruled Petito had died as a result of homicide.
Despite a number of possible sightings and tips, as well as Dog the Bounty Hunter joining the search, Laundrie has yet to be found.
Brian Laundrie timeline
Brian Laundrie has not been seen since the morning of September 13. Here is a timeline of Laundrie’s latest whereabouts:
- July 2021: Brian Laundrie and his fiancé Gabby Petito leave for a grip across the country. The couple visit numerous national parks across the way.
- August 12: Police in Utah respond to an incident involving the couple. The bodycam footage is not released for another month but it shows a visibly upset Gabby talking to police after reports of a domestic violence incident outside a grocery store.
- August 24: Gabby is seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Laundrie.
- September 1: Laundrie returns to his home in North Port, Florida without Gabby.
- September 6: Laundrie joins his family on a camping trip about 75 miles from their home in North Port.
- September 11: Gabby's family reports her missing.
- September 13: Laundrie leaves home to go hiking in Carlton Reserve, Florida. His family had initially said he departed on September 14, but revised their timeline weeks later.
- September 15: Laundrie is named a person of interest in the case of Gabby.
- September 16: Bodycam footage is released regarding the incident between Gabby and Laundrie.
- September 19: The FBI announces a body found at a Wyoming national park is believed to be that of Gabby's.
- September 23: The FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie's arrest claiming he "used unauthorized debit cards after Gabby Petito's death."
- September 26: A funeral is held for Gabby in New York.
- September 27: Dog the Bounty Hunter announces he will lend a hand and help search for Laundrie.
- September 28: Gabby's family held an emotional press conference as the search for Laundrie continued.
- October 5: Laundrie's sister, Cassie, appeared on Good Morning America and urged her brother to come forward.
- October 7: Laundrie's father, Chris Laundrie, assisted law enforcement in the search to find his son.
Meanwhile, Brian’s sister has also claimed that family attorney has "thrown her under the bus" following the passing of Petito.
She claimed she had been told not to speak about any information they had or their conversations with law enforcement but emerged from her house with her husband Jim Lyncx as her "kids are crying."
"We are just as angry and frustrated and upset as everyone else," Cassie told the crowd, claiming that her parents are also refusing to speak to her.
"I am losing my parents and my brother and my children's aunt and my future sister-in-law on top of this."
Cassie also called on Brian to "come forward" and called him a "mediocre survivalist."
She begged her fugitive brother to "get us out of this horrible mess."
"I really wish he had come to me first that day with the van because I don't know we'd be here," Cassie said.
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