Brian Laundrie’s first police ‘sighting’ was actually his mother with a baseball cap, force admits – .

Brian Laundrie’s remains were found in Florida, FBI confirms – .

North Port Police revealed on Monday that they mistook Roberta Laundrie for her son, Brian Laundrie, which is why the head of the department claimed he knew the whereabouts of the man even though he had been missing for several days.
On September 16, five days after Gabby Petito went missing, North Port Police Chief Tedd Garrison told reporters he knew Laundrie’s whereabouts.

In fact, Laundrie had already left his home for the last time, disappearing into the Carlton Reservation, where he would eventually be found dead. It is possible that Laundrie was already dead by the time of Mr Garrison’s press conference.

Laundrie left his home on September 12, “visibly upset,” according to family lawyer Steven Bertolino. The lawyer claims he told the FBI on September 13 that Laundrie never returned home, but the police search did not begin until September 17, when his car was discovered on the reservation.

As the timeline of events became clear, reporters began to question why Mr Garrison claimed he knew the location of the laundromat.

North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said on Monday that Mr Garrison made his comment based on reports from officers who claimed to have seen Laundrie return home in his silver Mustang. However, it was later revealed that the person officers saw was actually his mother wearing a baseball cap.

“We thought we saw Brian come back to that house that Wednesday,” Taylor said.

When asked if they had seen anyone else, Mr Taylor said he thought it was Ms Laundrie with a hat.

“I believe it was his mother, who wore a baseball cap,” he said. “They had come back from the park with this Mustang. ”

Laundrie’s remains were finally found in a park near the Carlton Preserve on October 20, a day after the park reopened to the public. Police and FBI had searched the storeroom for weeks with little evidence of their efforts.

On the day his remains were found, Laundrie’s parents accompanied law enforcement to the reserve, where they found his waterproof bag and a notebook. Later, his partial skeletal remains were discovered.

Police said the area where they found his items and remains was underwater for much of September, but a drier October caused the waters to recede, revealing the items.

Over the weekend, many people entered the park to see if they could locate other objects related to the case. North Port Police received numerous items, including bones, but said none of them were related to the case. One item, a water bottle with the same design as Ms Petito’s, was turned over to the ministry, but they made no public statement confirming or denying that it belonged to the woman.


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