World Brian Laundrie manhunt: Gov. Ron DeSantis wants fugitive 'brought to justice' if found guilty
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.
Gov. on Friday said he hopes fugitive "is apprehended and brought to justice" if officials find him guilty of a crime.
DeSantis' comments came after a press conference in North Port, Florida — where Brian Laundrie lived with his parents and deceased fiancée, Gabby Petito — during which the governor announced a $1.69 million grant for the city to help with job creation.
"You know, my view would be, it's a little disappointing that we still don't have this guy's whereabouts," DeSantis said in response to a question about Laundrie from Fox News Miami correspondent Phil Keating.
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"This is obviously somebody that would be a suspect when something like this happens," DeSantis, a father to two daughters, added. "Clearly there [were] things going on here with the family. So I hope that he's apprehended and brought to justice if, in fact, he was the one that is guilty of this, because it's a really sad thing — this is a very beautiful young girl with a lot of potential. And a lot of people really loved her a lot, and to see this happen really is heartbreaking."
Video: FBI manhunt continues for Brian Laundrie as Petito family speaks out (FOX News)
Law enforcement on Friday continued to search for Laundrie at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port while also conducting "special response team training," according to the North Port Police Department. The park is adjacent to the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Reserve, where law enforcement has been searching for Brian Laundrie for weeks.
Van-Lifer Gabby Petito Was Strangled to Death, Coroner Says
Doomed “van-lifer” Gabby Petito died by strangulation, Teton County, Wyoming, Coroner Brent Blue announced Tuesday. “By Wyoming state statute, only the cause and manner of death are released,” said Blue, who last month ruled Petito’s death a homicide. “The autopsy findings and photographs and that sort of material [will not be] released.” Law enforcement collected DNA samples from Petito’s remains, according to Blue, who declined to provide details but said her “body was outside for three to four weeks.” That means Petito was killed sometime in mid to late August. She was not pregnant at the time of her death, said Blue.
Laundrie, 23, is a fugitive wanted on debit card fraud charges and a person of interest in Petito's killing, which a coroner on Tuesday ruled as homicide by strangulation. The pair were traveling cross country in a Ford Transit van before Petito's parents reported her missing Sept. 11.
Laundrie returned home to North Port Sept. 1 in the van without Petito. He 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 on 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.