Crime Brian Laundrie Was Likely Dead When Cops Confused His Mother for Him During Surveillance: Police
Why a Former FBI Agent Is Sure Brian Laundrie Is Still Alive
The Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino told Newsweek that unless he is informed that Brian has died, he will "still represent him."While appearing on NewsNationNow on Wednesday night, former FBI agent Jennifer Coffindaffer was asked why she believes that Laundrie is receiving help from "allies" and that he is still alive after he has been missing for over a month.
Authorities believewas likely already dead when officers surveilling his parents' Florida home mistook his mother for him.
Joshua Taylor, public information officer for the North Port Police, tells PEOPLE "there is a very good possibility" that the 23-year-old fugitive was deceased two days after his fiancée,, was reported missing.
Investigators who began monitoring the comings and goings at the Laundrie home on Sept. 12 mistook Laundrie's mother for him on Sept. 13, after she drove up in her son's grey Ford Mustang.
Ex-Fugitive Says Brian Laundrie's Parents Will Do What They Can to Help Him Stay Free
The Laundries have not been legally implicated in Petito's death, but questions have been raised around their behavior after Petito went missing.Laundrie is missing and has been named a person of interest in his girlfriend Gabby Petito's death. Petito was declared missing on September 11, 10 days after not returning from a cross-country tour of national parks with Laundrie.
Roberta Laundrie, according to Taylor, was wearing a baseball cap at the time.
on Monday the mother and son are "built similarly."
In a statement to PEOPLE, Taylor says that "this misidentification did not have a big impact on costs and the investigation."
He adds: "Other than confusion, it likely changed nothing. There is a very good possibility that Brian was already deceased. He still needed to be found. We just wanted people to better understand why we thought we knew Brian was in his home."
Officials had assured the public at a Sept. 16 news conference that they were aware of Brian's whereabouts.
Taylor says in his statement the belief that Laundrie was still inside his parents' home "was a direct result of a lack of cooperation from the family early on in this investigation."
Attorney Says 'Probability Is Strong' Remains Recovered from Fla. Park Belong to Brian Laundrie
Steven Bertolino said the fugitive's parents are "heartbroken" by the possibilitySteven Bertolino is the attorney retained by the Laundrie family after Brian returned to their North Port, Fla., home on Sept. 1 without his fiancée, Gabby Petito.
Christopher and Roberta Laundrieon Sept. 17.
Laundrie's skeletal remains were located Sept. 20 in Florida's Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
The results of an autopsy on Brian's remains, found near his backpack and a notebook of his, were inconclusive. The remains will be further examined by an anthropologist.
The coroner's office has yet to determine when Laundrie may have died.
According to authorities, Petitowhile on a two-month-long, cross-country road trip with Laundrie, who was named a person of interest in on Sept. 15 — two weeks after he returned home alone.
The 22-year-old Long Island, N.Y., woman's remains were found in Wyoming'son Sept. 19.
Public attention turns to Brian Laundrie's parents after his remains found in nature reserve
The parents' cooperation was essential in helping authorities find Laundrie, former police said.Investigators located partial human remains Wednesday at the Carlton Reserve, a sprawling Florida wildlife refuge that was Laundrie's last known location. The remains were identified as the 23-year-old man through dental records, the FBI field office in Denver announced Thursday.
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Brian's family refused to meet with the FBI to discuss Petito's missing persons case, referring them instead to their attorney, Steven Bertolino, a longtime family friend.
A week later, the Laundrie family reached out to the FBI to alert investigators that. Bertolino said Brian was as he was leaving their home on Sept. 13.
The Laundries said Brian told them he was headed out for a hike in the nearby Carlton Reserve.
The FBI and local Florida authorities quickly launched a search for Brian in the 25,000-acre nature preserve, wading waist-deep throughin some areas.
Brian was never charged with Petito's death or disappearance, and a suspect for those crimes has not yet been identified by the FBI.
Police say Brian Laundrie was likely already dead when they confused him for his mother .
"There is a very good possibility that Brian was already deceased," North Port, Florida, Police spokesperson Josh Taylor said Thursday.Police in North Port, Florida, admitted earlier this week that even though investigators had trained cameras on the Laundrie residence, they weren't as aware of his comings and goings as they thought.