Crime Could Brian Laundrie's Parents Be Charged With Obstruction of Justice in Gabby Petito Case?
Brian Laundrie's Sister Says She Loves Gabby Petito as Protests Target Her Parents' Home
"She's like a sister and my children love her, and all I want is for her to come home safe and found and this to be just a big misunderstanding," Cassie Laundrie said.On Thursday, Cassie Laundrie, the sister of Brian Laundrie, appeared on Good Morning America for an exclusive interview following the disappearance of 22-year-old Gabby Petito. Her statement came after the missing woman's family begged the Laundries for more information regarding her disappearance.
agents searched the North Port, , residence of Brian Laundrie's family on Monday, temporarily removing his parents from the home in the process and declaring the house a crime scene. The move came a day after a body was found that was believed to be that of Laundrie's missing fiancée, Gabby Petito.
Gabby Petito fiancé Brian Laundrie 'is not missing, he is hiding,' attorney for her family says
The search for the now-missing fiancé of 22-year-old Gabby Petito is focused on a Florida nature reserve, where 50 officers from five local agencies and FBI agents are scouring the area, according to North Port Police spokesperson Josh Taylor. © From Gabby Petito/Instagram A photo of Gabby Petito taken from her Instagram account During a Saturday news conference, Taylor said Laundrie has an "enormous amount of pressure" on him to provide answers following Petito's own disappearance.Brian Laundrie's family told police Friday night they have not seen the 23-year-old since Tuesday.
Speculation regarding possible criminal charges for Brian Laundrie, who has been named a "person of interest," had already begun before the remains were found and his current whereabouts remain unknown.
Now, people are wondering if his parents could also possibly face charges like obstruction of justice, although thus far authorities have given no indication they committed any crime.
"The FBI is executing a court-authorized search warrant today at the Laundrie residence in North Port, FL relevant to the Gabrielle 'Gabby' Petito investigation," the Tampa office of the FBI tweeted on Monday. The office'saccount later said "[n]o further details can be provided since this is an active and ongoing investigation."
Search for Gabby Petito boyfriend continues after body found
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities said a body discovered in northern Wyoming was believed to be that of a 22-year-old woman who disappeared while on a cross-country trek with a boyfriend now the subject of an intense search in a Florida nature preserve. The FBI said the body of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito was found Sunday by law enforcement agents who spent the weekend searching camp sites on the eastern border of Grand Teton National Park. The causeThe FBI said the body of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito was found Sunday by law enforcement agents who spent the weekend searching camp sites on the eastern border of Grand Teton National Park.
Authorities reported Laundrie arrived at his parents' home September 1, 10 days before Petito was reported missing by her mother.spoke with his parents—Chris and Roberta Laundrie—on September 17, during which time the Laundries said they last saw their son on September 14.
However, if his parents were being intentionally untruthful or withholding pertinent evidence in regards to what they know about Brian's current whereabouts or Petito's disappearance, they could have committed crimes, including obstruction of justice.
Chris and Roberta Laundrie could also face potential charges of making false statements to additional accessory crimes, such as aiding and abetting or accessories after the fact if they knew or believe that their son killed Petito. Such independent charges could come if authorities feel they intended to assist Brian in hiding from police or concealing evidence.
Gabby Petito Timeline: What We Know So Far
The 22-year-old vlogger went missing following a cross-country trip with boyfriend Brian Laundrie, who later returned home alone.Laundrie returned home from the trip alone at the start of September and was last seen around mid-September.
Another possible, though somewhat unlikely, scenario, is the Laundries face a charge for the misdemeanor crime of "misprision of a felony." This offense, under federal law, makes it a crime to conceal knowledge of a felony.
However, for a misprision offense, there must be evidence of active concealment, and not simply a failure to report of someone's location. Historically, the charge is usually only brought against people with a special duty to report a crime, like law enforcement officials.
Fox News reported Monday that the Laundries were removed from their home and put in a van outside while the search was conducted. After about an hour, they were allowed back inside, according to the outlet.
Chris and Roberta Laundrie told investigators on Friday that Brian left last Tuesday morning for a hike at the nearby Carlton Reserve but had not been heard from since. Police said Monday they had "exhausted all avenues" in searching the Carlton Reserve.
Cops Who Pulled Over ‘Van-Life’ Couple Were Told Fiancé ‘Hit’ Gabby Petito .
Police officers in Moah, Utah, responding to reports of a dispute between doomed “van-life” couple Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie, who is now a person of interest in her homicide, were told by dispatch that Laundrie had reportedly hit Petito during the Aug. 12 argument, newly released audio reveals. “RP [reporting party] states a male hit a female,” the police dispatcher says over the radio. “Domestic. He got into a white Ford Transit van. Has a black ladder on the back. Florida plate… The female who got hit, they both—the male and the female—both got into the van and headed north.