Brian Laundrie went camping with his sister after returning without Gabby – despite sibling claiming she hadn't seen him
BRIAN Laundrie's older sister went camping with their family after he returned from his van life trip with Gabby Petito alone – after claiming she had not seen him.
Initially, Cassie Laundrie reportedly said that she had not seen her sibling since he returned to Florida without his fiancé, Gabby Petito before he vanished and her body was found.
“I haven’t been able to talk to him, I wish I could talk to him,” Laundrie told Good Morning America in an episode that aired on September 18. "I've cooperated every way that I can.
"I wish I had information and I would give more I – I – this is all I have, that I gave to the police," she added. It was not immediately clear from the ABC report the last time she saw him.
Gabby's dad, Joseph Petito, told ABC that he didn't think she was being fully transparent: "I hope entire damn planet knocks some sense into her where she's like 'I gotta speak."
Cassie's lawyer confirmed to News Nation Now's Brian Entin that she saw Laundrie twice before his disappearance – but insisted she had been upfront and police were aware of the timeline.
Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said: “Cassie saw her brother Brian on September 01 when he stopped by her home and again on September 6 at Fort De Soto Park.
"Law enforcement agencies are well aware of these dates."
"Any prior communication by Cassie that does not reflect these dates is simply a difference of relating an answer to a question misinterpreted by Cassie or poorly posed by the inquirer.”
Laundrie's sister said all her family wanted was for Gabby to be found safe and noted that the YouTuber was "like a sister" to her and loved by her children.
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The Laundries apparently went camping when the 23-year-old returned with the van and without Gabby – but Bertolino told Entin he "didn't know" if Cassie was with her parents and brother on this trip.
Pinellas County records revealed that Laundrie's mom checked into a campsite at the park from September 6 to 8 – days before Gabby was reported missing by her family on the 11th.
"I talked to the police the second they called," Cassie told ABC. "I called them right back. We were in Orlando on vacation with my kids at Disney and we came back to this."
The Sun has contacted Bertolino for comment.
Dog the Bounty Hunter, aka Duane Chapman, has been searching around the Fort De Soto area, following up on leads he has supposedly received from tipsters.
Chris and Roberta Laundrie claim that they last saw their missing son on September 14 when he didn't return from a hike at the 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Florida.
But the Laundries didn't report him missing until September 17. Two days later, Gabby's remains are found near a campground in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Laundrie was wanted by the FBI for using an unauthorized debit card and pin code to access two bank accounts August 30 and September 1, racking up a bill of $1,000 – a Capitol One card that's reportedly Gabby's.
Unlike Cassie, Laundrie's parents have not spoken out about his disappearance and been slammed for their silence before Gabby was found.
His sister noted that it wasn't uncommon for Gabby and Laundrie to fight when the Moab Police Department body cam footage first aired, showing a hysterical Gabby pleading with cops not to separate her from him.
Laundrie had scratches on his face and Gabby appeared to have a "burning" nick on her face from his nail and a bruise on her arm, the bombshell footage revealed.
"No, I didn't find anything peculiar other than it was just a regular couples spat gone wrong," she said.
"It looks typical of both of them," Cassie went on. "Whenever they fight, they would take a little break and come back and be fine."
During the interview, which aired the day before Gabby's body was found, Cassie explained that said her parents weren't talking because lawyers were "advising them not to say anything."
She also claimed not to know that Laundrie had returned in the van alone and "assumed he flew" before backtracking and saying she didn't want to say that in the ABC transcript.
Gabby's cause of death was homicide but the details have not yet been released.
Gabby Petito timeline
Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:
- June 2021 – Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie set off on a cross-country trip across the US.
- July 4 – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
- July 8 – Gabby posts photos of herself at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
- July 18 – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Utah's Zion National Park.
- August 12 – Body camera footage was released in September showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
- August 19 – Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel chronicling their trip.
- August 24 – Gabby is spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- August 25 – Gabby Facetimes her mom, Nichole Schmidt, for the final time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed "more and more tension" between her and Brian.
- August 25 – Gabby also posts her last Instagram. No location is given.
- August 27 – Gabby is seen for what's believed to be the final time. Witnesses claim they saw Brian in an explosive argument with staff at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, leaving Gabby in tears.
- August 27 – Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park drive past the couple's van "abandoned" on a dirt road.
- September 1 – Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
- September 11 – Gabby's parents report her missing to Suffolk County police.
- September 14 – Brian's family issues a statement saying he has retained an attorney and will not be cooperating with investigators.
- September 14 – Brian is allegedly last seen by his family. He reportedly told them he was going hiking in Cartlon Reserve but failed to return.
- September 15 – Florida's North Port police announce Brian is a person of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
- September 16 – Utah police release body camera footage of the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
- September 17 – Brian's parents say they have not seen their son in a couple of days and report him missing.
- September 18 – Police announce they were searching Carlton Reserve in Florida for Brian. Police announce they have not found anything.
- September 19 – Authorities in Wyoming say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces the body was believed to be Gabby's but a full forensic identification needs to be completed first to confirm.
- September 20 – Police execute a search warrant on Laundrie's home, seizing his silver Mustang and a hard drive that may contain "evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed."
- September 21 – Officials announce they will be conducting an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. Police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venice side of Carlton Reserve.
- September 21 – The FBI announced the body found in Wyoming was identified as Gabby's. The cause of death was not yet revealed.
- September 21 – The Teton County Coroner's office said Gabby's official cause of death was still pending but the initial manner of death is homicide.
- September 22 – Police continue to scour Carlton Reserve for a trace of Laundrie but yield no leads. A specialist dive team is called in to assist with the hunt.
- September 23 – Officials announced a federal arrest warrant for Brian was issued.
- September 26 – Gabby's funeral was held on Long Island, New York.
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