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Brian Laundrie – update: Police say ‘human error’ led to surveillance team mistaking Brian Laundrie for his mother



‘Bones’ found at North Port reserve belong to Brian Laundrie: FBI

The chief of the North Port Police Department has said “human error” led to a surveillance team mistaking Brian Laundrie for his mother.

Officers from North Port police believed they had spotted Mr Laundrie returning to his parents home several days after his girlfriend Gabby Petito was reported missing, but it later emerged it was his mother Roberta Laundrie.

It’s now believed Mr Laundrie may have already been dead at the time.

Todd Garrison said once they realised the mistake, it was important to acknowledge it publicly.

“As a leader, what do I do?” Mr Garrison told an audience at the  South County Tiger Bay Club in Venice, Florida, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

“Do I not tell the public what’s going on, do we conceal it, cover it up?

“No, people want open, transparency and honesty from their law enforcement officials,” he added. 

Mr Garrison told a press conference the day after the mistaken sighting that his officers knew where Brian Laundrie was.

“Yes, we made a mistake it was human error but I still stand behind my team,” Mr Garrison said.

“We are out there in the public for making a human error; the surveillance team told me ‘Chief, Brian was seen going inside the house,’” he added. 

Mr Laundrie’s parents reported their son as missing to law enforcement on Friday 17 September.

Mr Garrison said when his officers went out to the Laundrie home to take the missing persons report, he hoped they would “find Brian hiding in a back bedroom”.

“I was hoping, maybe it was a ploy. It wasn’t.”

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North Port Police Department seeks to dispel rumors that DNA of remains did not match Laundries

The police department of North Port, Florida is dispelling suggestions that the DNA of human remains found at the Carlton Reserve on 20 October did not match that of Brian Laundrie.

Writing on Twitter, the North Port Police Department said: “We have received a number of inquiries Tuesday about a false report of DNA not matching Brian Laundrie.”

The statement said: “The identity of the remains found at the Carlton Reserve on Oct. 20 was confirmed by comparison to known dental records of Brian Laundrie.”

It added: “No DNA analysis has yet been performed on the remains.”

It is expected that samples will be submitted for DNA testing once the medical examiner’s office has finished analyzing the remains, the statement explains.

Eleanor Sly28 October 2021 08:47

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Does Brian Laundrie’s family deserve privacy?

The discovery last week of Brian Laundrie’s remains in a Florida nature park only deepened the mystery surrounding the death of his fiancée, Gabby Petito, and Laundrie’s role in it. So far, forensic examination has not identified the cause of Laundrie’s death, and authorities have not revealed the contents of a notebook and backpack found at the scene.

Laundrie and Petito had set off on a cross-country trip together over the summer from which Gabby never returned. Laundrie traveled back to his parents’ home without her at the beginning of September, only to go missing himself two days later. Petito’s disappearance and death and the strange circumstances of Laundrie’s return quickly became one of those headline-grabbing crimes that galvanize the nation’s attention.

Laundrie’s parents, anticipating a media circus at any funeral they might hold for their son, released a statement this week through as family attorney that his body would be cremated and his ashes returned to them. They appealed for privacy so that they could mourn the death of their son privately, but do they deserve it asks Austin Sarat.

Does Brian Laundrie’s family deserve privacy?

Families of those suspected of terrible crimes pay their own price. As one father of a murderer said, ‘No one is interested in hearing that there was anything remotely good about a killer, so you soldier on in a private battle devoid of public sympathy’

Eleanor Sly28 October 2021 09:15

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Moab is a “very quiet place” normally

Moab police launch investigation into the handling of Laundrie Petito Moab incident

Moab police have launched an investigation into the way in which the incident between Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito was handled.

An outside agency is now investigating whether or not police officers handled the incident in the correct way amid divided opinions.

In an interview with NewsNation Now, Moab Police Assistant Chief Braydon Palmer said: “No matter what incident we’re responding to, we’re always looking at ways we can handle it better and that’s really what I think our focus is moving forward right now is being better.”

He added: “We can’t change what happened yesterday, but what we can change is the way that we approach situations moving forward.”

Eleanor Sly28 October 2021 09:40

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Editor’s letter: How the media broke the news of Gabby Petito’s body being discovered

It is usually the case that journalists like to be first with the news.

Everybody loves a scoop. It’s good for you, it’s good for your news organisation and there is the quiet, sometimes smug satisfaction of having beaten your rivals.

Yet, we know, especially in the digital era, with the constant barrage of information being bombarded not just at the public but at journalists, there are real perils attached to this endeavour. Namely, that in the rush to be first, you end up getting things wrong.

Eleanor Sly28 October 2021 10:00

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‘We’ve had literally no cell phone service for the last hour’ says news reporter retracing Petito’s journey

News reporter, Brian Entin, from NewsNation Now, Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie’s journey, commented on the lack of mobile phone signal on the route.

Mr Entin explained: “We’re right now on the Wyoming Idaho border really in the middle of nowhere in the middle of this national forest… I mean there’s snow out here it’s very very cold.”

He added: “We’ve had literally no cell phone service for the last hour or so just driving through the national forest.”

The reporter went on to comment about the beauty of the scenery and route, highlighting how “you can totally tell when you take this route why Gabby Petito wanted to do this.”

He said: “It really is magical and beautiful out here and you can totally tell when you take this route why Gabby Petito wanted to do this and the van life culture out here is very much a thing.

“You see people living in vans all throughout the entire area.”

Eleanor Sly28 October 2021 10:25

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Gabby Petito: Everything we know about YouTuber’s murder on ‘dream’ road trip

Gabby Petito, 22, an aspiring social media star who went missing in late August during a “dream” cross-country road trip from New York to Oregon with her fiancé, was strangled to death, and her body found in a Wyoming national park.

More than a month later, skeletal human remains found inside the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida were confirmed to be those of her fiancé Brian Laundrie. There had been no trace of him throughout a weeks-long hunt.

“The FBI and our partners remain dedicated to ensuring that anyone responsible for or complicit in Ms Petito’s death is held accountable for their actions,” special agent in charge Michael Schneider said.

Eleanor Sly28 October 2021 11:15

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Florida farm creates corn maze tribute to Gabby Petito

A farm in Bradenton, Florida, has created a tribute to Gabby Petito in its corn maze.

The message mown into the field of corn at Hunsader Farms, reads “RIP GABBY” and is accompanied by a cross and a heart.

Eleanor Sly28 October 2021 11:35

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Police confusing Laundrie and mother may have lengthened search

Investigators confusing Brian Laundrie and his mother could be to blame for a long search which was estimated to have cost more than $1.2 million at the end of September.

North Port Police Department spokesperson, Josh Taylor defended the police’s mistake suggesting that Brian and Roberta are “kind of built similarly.”

The Laundrie family lawyer, Steve Bertolino, did not however agree with Mr Taylor’s statement.

He said: “Everyone makes mistakes. But Brian and Roberta are not ‘built’ the same.”

The attorney added that had the police watched the park and followed the Mustang, “it certainly would have prevented all of the false accusations leveled by so many against Chris and Roberta with respect to ‘hiding’ Brian or otherwise financing an ‘escape.’”

Eleanor Sly28 October 2021 11:55

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Could Brian Laundrie’s notebook found by FBI explain what happened to him?

Following the FBI’s announcement that a notebook of Brian Laundrie’s has been found, criminologists suggest it could contain answers about what happened to his fiancé Gabby Petito.

A number of items including a backpack and the notebook were located near human remains from the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park by investigators on Wednesday.

“Earlier today investigators found what appears to be human remains along with personal items, such as a backpack and notebook, belonging to Brian Laundrie,” said Tampa-based Special Agent Michael McPherson during a media conference that afternoon, explaining: “These items were found in an area that up until recently had been underwater.”

Eleanor Sly28 October 2021 12:20

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Where did Brian Laundrie’s Mustang go?

Authorities this week admitted to having confused Brian Laundrie for his mother, Roberta Laundrie, after Gabby Petito was reported missing.

According to authorities, they spotted Mr Laundrie leaving home on 13 September in a red Mustang.

Two days later the car returned, with authorities suggesting that they thought Mr Laundrie had come home with it.

The Laundrie’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino criticized the authorities saying: “It was [North Port police] that put the ticket on the Mustang at the park and if they saw Brian leave on Monday in the Mustang, which is news to me, then they should have been watching the Mustang and the park starting on Monday and they would have known it was Chris and Roberta that retrieved the Mustang from the park.”

He went on to add: “Now to be clear, none this may have made a difference with respect to Brian’s life but it certainly would have prevented all of the false accusations leveled by so many against Chris and Roberta.”

Eleanor Sly28 October 2021 12:55



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