Crime John Walsh Says He's Received Multiple Tips on Brian Laundrie: 'Our Hotline Blew Up'
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.
Former America's Most Wanted host John Walsh believes members of the public will be the ones to find's fiancé Brian Laundrie.
Walsh has joined the hunt to find the missing 23-year-old who returned home alone after the pair set off on a cross-country trip. Petito's body has since been found in a national forest in Wyoming while Laundrie had refused to talk to police.
The veteran true crime presenter is familiar with the process behind locating missing persons, as, he says, he was involved in finding 1,422 most-wanted fugitives and 61 missing children on the hit show.
911 caller claimed he saw Brian Laundrie 'slapping' Gabby Petito: Live updates
Gabby Petito, Brian Laundrie, cross-country journey, disappearance, missing, Wyoming, Florida, Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.The search for the 23-year-old Laundrie is centered around North Port, Florida, where investigators said Laundrie returned to his home on Sept. 1 without Petito but driving her 2012 Ford Transit.Laundrie has been named by police as a "person of interest" in Petito's disappearance. Laundrie has refused to speak to the police and has not been seen since Tuesday, Sept. 14, according to law enforcement officials.
Walsh believes it is civilians who almost always crack these sorts of cases and revealed he has received numerous tips on Laundrie's whereabouts since disappearing on the morning of Tuesday, September 14, after telling his family he was going for a hike.
"We did get multiple tips yesterday, our hotline blew up because it's the people who will find this guy," Walsh told FOX's The Story with Martha MacCallum on Wednesday. "I tell people you can text me, you can call me. I don't trace, I don't tap the phones. I know people don't want to call the cops because they think they'll get dragged into it. I don't care if you're legal, illegal, where you are, just text me or call me. And that's how I've caught all these people because the public is my supporters."
Day 4 of search in Florida park for Gabby Petito's boyfriend
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Search teams fanned out Wednesday at a Florida wilderness park to search for the boyfriend of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, who authorities say was killed while on a cross-country trip with him. The search resumed around 8 a.m. Wednesday at the 24,000-acre (9,700-hectare) Carlton Reserve park, North Port police spokesperson Joshua Taylor said. Investigators say Brian Laundrie's parents told them he had gone there after returning home without Petito on Sept. 1.
Walsh went on to reference vloggers Jenn and Kyle Bethune whowhile traveling cross-country in an RV.
The couple said the footage was taken in Spread Creek Dispersed Camping land in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, on August 27, three days after the last official sighting of Petito and where investigators ultimately found the 22-year-old's body.
"That vlogger who found his van is the reason they were able to find her body," Walsh added.
He also believes the "dirty Laundries," as he referred to the Laundrie parents, are complicit in covering up a crime by helping their son clean the van, getting rid of evidence and taking a family trip the weekend he returned home.
"He scrubbed that van, his parents helped him," Walsh told MacCallum. "I know they got rid of the evidence... [Brian Laundrie] was in that camper when the father and mother went out, I would guarantee it. And I've been doing this 33 years."
John Walsh criticizes Florida police investigation of Gabby Petito case: 'It's pretty damn sad'
The victims’ advocate and host of the TV show "In Pursuit With John Walsh" told USA TODAY that Florida police have botched the case of Gabby Petito.Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, were on a cross-country van trip before Laundrie returned alone to their primary residence in Florida on Sept. 1. Petito's parents, who live on New York's Long Island, reported her missing 10 days later.
"He was in that camper when they went on a little trip before [Petito] was reported missing and they bought him five extra days with that ruse," he continued. "That kid has been throwing red herrings everywhere."
The host previously made scathing remarks about Laundrie and his family, telling News Nation Now he was "" earlier this week.
"This is a homicide. This dirtbag is out there. I don't know how he got out of the house with theand local cops watching him day and night," he added.
During an interview on Tuesday with's , Walsh said he was "terrified" when he first saw the police cam footage of Laundrie and Petito recorded by Moab City Department when officers pulled the pair over after
Walsh said he examined the video with an "FBI friend" and summarized it as "classic domestic abuse" and added: "He terrorized her not to tell the cops. He was the aggressor and slapper and puncher."
Most famous for hosting America's Most Wanted during its initial 23-year run onand Lifetime, according to his official website, Walsh's show "helped law enforcement capture more than 1,200 fugitives and brought home more than 50 missing children."
Family of Brian Laundrie Feared He Might Hurt Himself After He Left Without Wallet: Report
A source close to the family of the person of interest in the disappearance of Gabby Petito told CNN there were fears for Laundrie's safety.Laundrie, 23, is a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancée, Gabby Petito, 22, whose remains were found near Spread Creek dispersed camping site in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park on September 19.
Now the host of In Pursuit With John Walsh on Investigation Discovery, Walsh has promised to "focus in" on Laundrie on the next episode of the show.
On Monday, September 20, the FBI and policeof Laundrie's residence in North Port, Florida, .
Brian Laundrie search: Timeline of events since he returned to Florida becomes clearer .
Reports that Brian Laundrie camped with his family this month before Gabby Petito was reported missing appear to clarify a timeline of his movements after he returned to Florida without his fiancée, who eventually was found dead in Wyoming. © From gabspetito/Instagram Brian Laundrie is pictured in a post on Gabby Petito's Instagram account on February 14, 2021. The Laundrie family stayed at a Florida campground dozens of miles from their North Port home between September 6 and 8, officials said, days before Petito's family reported her missing after the couple were on a cross-country van trip.