World Brian Laundrie 'very much in control' of Gabby Petito during road trip, former FBI researcher says
Brian Laundrie manhunt: Gabby Petito's parents say fugitive fiancé still alive, recall learning tragic news
NORTH PORT, Fla. – The parents of Gabby Petito described in heartbreaking detail the moments when they heard the news that their 22-year-old daughter’s remains were believed to have been found in Wyoming after she had been missing for weeks, and say they believe her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, is still alive. Joe Petito and Nichole Schmidt, Gabby’s mother and father, and her nearly lifelong step-parents, Tara Petito and Jim Schmidt, sat down for an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw that aired Tuesday on his self-named show.
NORTH PORT, Fla. - Fugitiveappeared "very much in control" of his late fiancée, , during their cross-country road trip before she disappeared, former FBI Behavioral Science Unit researcher Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess says.
Laundrie and Petito were traveling in a van from New York to Oregon over the summer before Petito's parents reported her missing on Sept. 11. The FBI discovered her remains eight days later at a dispersed camping area within Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest on Sept. 19.
Gabby Péto: Brian Laundrie remains not found
the American police, looking for Brian Laundrie for nearly 4 weeks, still does not meet him. © North Port / Florida Police / Handout via Reuters / File Photo Where is Brian Laundrie? This is the question to which the police would finally like to be able to answer. The 23-year-old, missing since September 17, is for the moment not found . The latter is sought in the investigation of the death of his fiancée Gabby Péto, whose body was discovered in the Wyoming on September 19th.
"He really was very much in control the whole time," Burgess, author of the forthcoming book "A Killer by Design: Murders, Mindhunters, and My Quest to Decipher the Criminal," told Fox News.
Referring specifically to Aug. 12from police in Moab, Utah, following a domestic incident, Burgess noted that Laundrie appeared to have control over Petito's van because he was driving it; control over her finances because he reportedly ; and, ultimately, control over her because he "kept her isolated" by traveling to remote areas and camping, Burgess said. She also noted that Petito's remains were found in an isolated area.
Brian Laundrie's lawyer calls Gabby Petito's death a 'tragedy' after coroner says she was strangled
Brian Laundrie's lawyer, Steven Bertolino, called Gabby Petito's death a "tragedy" on Tuesday after Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue said that her homicide was caused by strangulation.Petito's remains were found on Sept. 19 in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest about three to four weeks after she was killed, Dr. Blue said.
Burgess also mentioned that Laundrie continued to refer to Petito as his fiancée to police in the video despite the fact that her mother, Nichole Schmidt, told media outlets earlier in the saga that the pair had decided toto travel.
Gabby Petito: Attorneys say first-degree murder charge likely after autopsy result
A former prosecutor said Tuesday that the Grand Teton County coroner's ruling that Gabby Petito's homicide was caused by strangulation will likely result in a first-degree murder charge for whoever is arrested in the 22-year-old's death."It almost always gets you first-degree murder because premeditation can be formed in an instant," Mark Eiglarsh, a criminal defense attorney and former Miami-Dade County prosecutor, told Fox News on Tuesday.
"To Laundrie this is very, very important, and I think what sets into motion the final days for her," Burgess said of their engagement.
Laundrie, 23, returned home to North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1 in the van without Petito. Laundrie has been named a person of interest in the case, and his whereabouts have been unknown for weeks. His parents reported him missing to North Port Police Sept. 17.
On Sept. 23, theissued an arrest warrant for Laundrie, accusing him of bank card fraud. Authorities alleged at the time that he used an unidentified person’s Capital One card and the personal identification number to charge or withdraw over $1,000 between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, a period when Petito was missing.
Brian Laundrie found: Parents may have just missed discovering son themselves .
EXCLUSIVE: Brian Laundrie’s parents unknowingly walked just a few yards away from locations in a Florida nature preserve where police found her son’s personal belongings and remains Wednesday morning. When Chris and Roberta Laundrie left their home before sunrise Wednesday, only two journalists were present – a Fox News Digital reporter who followed in a separate vehicle and a Fox News Channel cameraman who remained on their street. They arrived at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park entrance at around 7:25 a.m., and two members of law enforcement arrived wearing hiking attire in a separate pickup truck.