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Lawyer blames Laundrie’s sister’s statements on ‘misunderstanding’

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Moab police release new video of Gabby Petito talking about violent fight with Brian Laundrie

Brian Laundrie’s sister, Cassandra Laundrie, must have “misinterpreted” the question when she told Good Morning America that she hadn’t seen her missing brother since he returned to Florida on 1 September without Gabby Petito, the family’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, has said.

Mr Bertolino said on Friday that Ms Laundrie saw her brother on 6 September during a camping trip in Fort DeSoto.

“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,” the lawyer said.

Meanwhile, new bodycam footage following an incident shows Ms Petito telling officers in August that Mr Laundrie hit her.

As the search for Mr Laundrie continues, Dog the Bounty Hunter – or Duane Chapman – claims he is “closing in” on the 23-year-old who was reported missing by his parents on 17 September.

The bounty hunter revealed he is not working closely with police during his search but does have former Navy SEALs and Marines helping him.

The FBI has an arrest warrant for Mr Laundrie over a fraud charge.

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Petito disappearance prompts questions about lack of attention given to missing women of colour

The disappearance of Gabby Petito has prompted questions about why missing and murdered women of colour aren’t given the same amount of attention by the media.

Isha Miller’s mother, Myrtle Ann Hudson, disappeared after taking her to school when she was nine years old. Her 18-year-old sister was found strangled in the garage that same day.

Ms Miller told ABC7 that law enforcement tried to put the blame on her father for years.

“In the beginning, it was very difficult to get anybody’s attention,” she said. “But nothing could link him to it. So because they couldn’t get him, it seemed as if it went unnoticed.” Detectives managed to figure out 22 years later that it was prison inmate Tommy Lee Stewart who had killed the women. Stewart confessed to the crimes, Ms Miller said, but she added that the police and the media are to blame for the delay in finding a solution to the murders.

“We’re left to believe that our life or our families’ lives matter less because it’s not on the news, not as extensively as they do Caucasian women,” she told ABC7.

Gustaf Kilander2 October 2021 16:58

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Gabby is ‘already saving lives’, says father

Gabby Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, has shared a poignant message on Twitter, saying his daughter is “already saving lives”.

He posted a photo of the 22-year-old, who disappeared at the end of August before her remains were found in Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, on 19 September.

“She is already saving lives. So many stories being sent to us about relationships being left with proper planning for safety, and people are being found due to her influence. We have much more work to do, but it’s a start. #gabbypetito #justiceforgabby,” Mr Petito wrote.

The post received hundreds of replies, including from people sharing their own experiences of abusive relationships.

“Gabby finally gave me courage to seek help to get out of my 12 year abusive relationship. She is inspiring so many,” one woman wrote.

Another replied: “I’m writing to you from [a] faraway part of Middle East, Iran. I just a left a very damaging relationship recently because of Gabby. Sending your family lots of love and I’m sure Gabby’s watching over those who need help. She’s a true angel.”

Emily Goddard2 October 2021 15:29

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Indigenous women say the media not Petito is to blame for ‘epidemic of violence’ being ignored

Last month, when Gabby Petito was reported missing, Nicole Wagon’s emotions soared in different ways.

On one hand, she felt for Petito’s family, and understood, at least to some degree, how the young woman’s mother must have felt when she had to register her daughter as missing. Wagon’s own daughtger, Jade Wagon, had disappeared in 2019 and was later found dead.

But she could also not help but feel pain and anger, over the wall-to-wall media coverage the case of the missing white YouTuber received, in stark contrast to the interest – or lack thereof – the press paid to the plight of her own child.

Andrew Buncombe speaks with Wagon and other indigenous campaigners who wish their own daughters had received the same degree of coverage as Petito:

Emily Goddard2 October 2021 15:18

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ICYMI: Sister went camping with family after claiming she hadn’t seen Laundrie

The sister of Brian Laundrie went on a Labor Day camping trip with her family, despite claiming she hadn’t seen the missing man since he returned to Florida alone.

In comments to ABC News two weeks ago, Cassie Laundrie said she hadn’t seen Mr Laundrie since he returned to his parent’s home in North Port, Florida, on 1 September without Gabby Petito.

But in a text message to Newsnation reporter Brian Entin, Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino said Ms Laundrie had joined the family on a camping trip to Fort De Soto Park on 6 September.

Bevan Hurley has the full story:

Emily Goddard2 October 2021 14:21

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Time and environmental factors complicating search Laundrie, experts say

Time and environmental factors are making the search for Brian Laundrie “extremely difficult”, experts have said.

“Time is that one thing that we are constantly fighting in law enforcement,” Bryanna Fox, a former FBI special agent and associate professor in the department of criminology at the University of South Florida, told CNN.

Search teams fan out at Carlton Reserve near North Port

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Search teams fan out at Carlton Reserve near North Port

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Search teams have this week been combing the Carlton Reserve near North Port, Florida, where conditions further complicate the search for evidence – or any possible remains, according to experts.

Fox said that Laundrie appears to have gone “off the grid”, making it even harder to find him.

And the tropical conditions “are among the harshest on forensic evidence”, Fox said. “The odds of finding it get slimmer every day, so time is obviously really of the essence.”

Chris Boyer, the executive director of the non-profit National Association for Search and Rescue, added: “Down in Florida, during the summer and wet time, a body can start to skeletonise in less than five to seven days. And with predators, you can lose a lot of evidence that way.”

Emily Goddard2 October 2021 13:08

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Dramatisation of Gabby Petito’s case is deeply disturbing

The investigation of Gabby Petito’s murder in the US had become a circus before Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman turned up promising to find her missing fiancee, Brian Laundrie.

But there are serious issues arising from this case, some of which bear similarities to the Sarah Everard case in the UK.

James Moore has more to say on this:

Emily Goddard2 October 2021 12:24

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