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Laundrie had returned alone to her family’s North Sea home on Sept. 1 after a trip the two took across the American West. Petito’s parents, who could not get in touch with either her or Laundrie, reported her missing 10 days later. About two weeks after his return, Laundrie disappeared, his parents told police.

CNN also learned that authorities never spoke to Laundrie before he disappeared, even though they had their eyes on him. When police went to North Port home Sept. 11, he was not seen and there was no way to talk to him, Taylor told CNN.

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito.
Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito. (Instagram)

On Sept. 19, Petito’s remains were found in Wyoming, near where the couple was last seen together, and a death sentence ruled she died of homicide, the FBI said. Laundrie has not been charged with his death, although he is the subject of a federal arrest warrant for unauthorized use of another person’s debit card in the days after Petito last spoke to his family.

Authorities do not have the phone Laundrie had with him on the couple’s trip, nor do they have Petito’s phone. No phone was in Petito’s van as Laundrie drove back to Florida, Taylor told CNN.

As the search continues for Laundrie in an extensive nature reserve in Florida, Taylor also confirmed that investigators did not find a campsite during these efforts. This confirmation came after a source close to the Laundrie family told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that they were informed by investigators that police had found a discovery in the Florida Carlton Reserve.

The source insisted Thursday that the Laundrie family had been told a campsite had been found.

Gabrielle Petito and Brian Laundrie were on a van ride together before she disappeared.
Gabrielle Petito and Brian Laundrie were on a van ride together before she disappeared. (Instagram)

“Is it possible that they thought there might be a campsite out there or something they might have seen from the air, but when they got on the ground, that was not what it turned out to be? Yes, I think It’s a possibility, “Taylor said. “The bottom line is that investigators are telling me no campsite was found out there.”

Also on Thursday, Laundrie’s father, Chris Laundrie, visited the reservation, a 24,565-acre wilderness near Laundrie’s family home, for several hours to help with the search, family lawyer Steven Bertolino told CNN. The father showed police the trails and places he and Laundrie have walked and frequented, Bertolino said.

“There were no discoveries, but the effort was useful to everyone,” Bertolino said. “It seems the water in the Preservation is on the way back, and certain areas are more accessible for search. The entire Laundrie family is grateful for the hard work of the committed members of law enforcement who have searched the Preservation for Brian during the race. of the last few weeks. Hopefully Brian will be found soon. “

Abandoned vehicle was picked up near the reserve

In recent days, investigators have uncovered new details about Laundrie’s past movements on the reserve.

North Port police confirmed that a message was placed on an abandoned Ford Mustang belonging to the Laundrie family outside Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on September 14. The park serves as an entrance to the Carlton Reserve.

Bertolino, the family lawyer, told CNN that after further communication with the FBI, “we now believe that the day Brian left to hike in the sanctuary was Monday, September 13th.” His parents had previously told authorities he had left on September 14th.

Chris Laundrie went looking for his son on the night of Sept. 13 when he did not return from the park, Bertolino told CNN on Wednesday.

Gabby Petito was last seen in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Gabby Petito was last seen in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. (Instagram)

The next day, Brian’s parents returned to the area to look for Brian and saw the quote on the car, Bertolino said. The parents returned the next day, September 15, to pick up the vehicle.

“The laundries based the date Brian left on their recollection of certain events. After further communication with the FBI and confirmation that the Mustang was at the Laundrie residence on Wednesday, September 15, we now believe that the day Brian left to hike in the reserve was Monday, September 13, “Bertolino said.

CNN asked Bertolino if Brian’s parents think he’s in the reservation or another area. “No, they do not think he is in another area. They think he is at peace,” he said.

‘I want to see him in a prison cell for the rest of his life’

Petito’s body was found about a five-to-10-minute walk from where her van was last seen near the entrance to the Grand Tetons, on the border of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, according to her mother, Nichole Schmidt, and stepfather, Jim Schmidt during the second installment of an exclusive interview with the “Dr. Phil” program aired Wednesday.

Gabby’s body was in clearing and was right in front of the remains of a fire ring, Jim Schmidt said. “You could see where the rocks had been moved to make the fire ring,” he said.

Law enforcers continue to search for Brian Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve in Venice, Florida. (CNN)

“It is certainly not an area that was heavily trafficked,” he added.

Jim Schmidt left a memorial and sunflowers on the spot, CNN has previously reported.

Schmidts was joined by Gabby’s father, Joe Petito, and his wife, Tara Petito, along with their lawyer Richard Stafford, for the interview with host Phil McGraw.

Joe Petito said he wants Laundrie found alive so he can spend his life behind bars.

“I want to see him in a prison cell for the rest of his life where – he’s an outdoorsman – he’s in that concrete cell and he can not see the trees and hugs – and smell the fresh air like that,” Petito said.

“I want to look him in the eye,” Nichole Schmidt said.

Search teams tab out on the Carlton Reserve near North Port, Florida, to search for Brian Laundrie on Wednesday, September 22nd. (CNN)

Bertolino declined on Wednesday to comment on the interview with “Dr. Phil.”

September 19th

A timeline for the missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito’s case

In late September, Laundrie’s parents released a statement through their lawyer, saying, “Chris and Roberta Laundrie do not know where Brian is. They are worried about Brian and hope the FBI can find him. Speculation from the public and some in the press that the parents helped Brian leave the family or avoid arresting a warrant issued after Brian had already been missing for several days is just wrong. “

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