Moab police release new video of Gabby Petito talking about violent fight with Brian Laundrie
Brian Laundrie’s sister, Cassie, has been accused of lying on Good Morning America after her family’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, confirmed that she spoke with her brother on 6 September during a camping trip in Fort DeSoto.
New bodycam footage of the 12 August incident between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie — only now released by the Moab police — reveals that Petito told officers that Mr Laundrie hit her.
Meanwhile, Dog the Bounty Hunter claims he is ‘closing in’ on Mr Laundrie, and is “getting calls like crazy” providing him tips on the man’s whereabouts. The bounty hunter also revealed he is not working closely with police during his search, but does have former Navy SEALs and Marines helping him.
While the FBI has an arrest warrant for Mr Laundrie over a fraud charge, Chapman launched a parallel search for the 23-year-old who was reported missing by his parents on 17 September.
He said on Wednesday: “We’re here at the island. This would be and could be the perfect spot for him to hide.”
On the eleventh day since Mr Laundrie went missing, things are heating up between members of the public.
A fight broke out at the Laundrie family’s home in North Port, Florida after a neighbour accused a protester of trespassing on his property, Fox News reported.
The protester had been wielding a megaphone outside of the family’s home along with one other protester for the last few days.
“You can sit here all you want with your megaphone. I don’t care, but you come on my property again, I’m going to f****** beat your a**,” the neighbour yelled at the protester.
Family calls for help in finding missing Arizona man
Najib Monsif, 20, was reported missing a week ago and his family has asked the Scottsdale and Arizona communities to jhelp bring him home safely.
Najib, who is autistic, was last seen on 23 September at his home in north Scottsdale and his family say they are worried he is with a person he does not know and is in danger.
Graeme Massie2 October 2021 01:01
Dog the Bounty Hunter ‘back’ on Brian Laundrie’s trail
Bounty hunter Duane Chapman’s daughter, Lyssa Chapman, took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to give a brief update on the TV star’s search for Gabby Petito’s missing fiance.
“All is well and Back on Brian’s trail !!” she tweeted.
Graeme Massie1 October 2021 23:52
ICYMI: Couple at Fort DeSoto campground may have captured Brian Laundrie in selfie
A couple that camped next to the Laundrie family at the Fort DeSoto campground between 6 September and 8 September may have captured an image of Brian Laundrie in a selfie they took.
On Friday, Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino confirmed that Mr Laundrie’s sister, Cassie, visited her family while they were camping at the site.
His comments contradict statements made by Ms Laundrie to reporters that she had not spoken with her brother since he returned from a road trip he took with Gabby Petito.
Mr Bertolino attributed the contradiction to either Ms Laundrie not understanding the questions she was asked or by reporters asking her unclear questions.
The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has more on the campground selfie below…
Graig Graziosi1 October 2021 21:50
Dog the Bounty Hunter claims he has former Navy SEALs, Marines on his search team
Duane Chapman, better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, claims he has former Navy SEALs and former Marines helping him search for Brian Laundrie.
“We got a bunch of volunteers,” he told Fox News. “Most of them are former law enforcement, former Navy SEALs and Marines.”
Mr Chapman has been searching for Mr Laundrie for six days and claimed on Friday that he has been “getting calls like crazy” with tips on Mr Laundrie’s whereabouts.
The former reality TV star has offered $10,000 for information leading to the location and arrest of Mr Laundrie.
Graig Graziosi1 October 2021 21:20
Indigenous women condemn media ignoring ‘epidemic of violence’
In the wake of Gabby Petito’s disappearance and death, the media has faced criticism for unequal coverage of missing person cases, particularly among the Indigenous community.
The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe spent time with campaigners whose loved ones have gone missing, and who want more attention for their cases.
“If we don’t have blonde hair, we don’t get on the news.”
Read the story below…
Graig Graziosi1 October 2021 21:15
Woman reportedly flew from Pennsylvania to scream at Laundrie house
A woman reportedly flew to North Port, Florida from Hershey, Pennsylvania so she could scream at the Laundrie family home.
She called the family “dirty Laundries” and said that the “house should be burned.”
The woman is one of several people who have taken to protesting outside the Laundrie’s home. Another couple has been screaming at the Laundries through megaphones for days, at one point getting into a physical fight with a neighbor for allegedly trespassing on their lawn.
Others have sent flowers memorialising Gabby Petito to the Laundrie home. A small memorial area for the flowers was set up without permission on the Laundrie’s front lawn.
Graig Graziosi1 October 2021 21:00
ICYMI: Florida sheriff criticises North Port, Utah police for not arresting Brian Laundrie
The Polk County sheriff criticised the Moab City and North Port police departments for their handling of Brian Laundrie.
The sheriff said he would have taken Mr Laundrie into custody after learning he had returned from a road trip without Ms Petito. He also said the Utah police should have arrested Mr Laundrie for hitting Ms Petito.
The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has more of his comments below…
Graig Graziosi1 October 2021 20:37
Indigenous people in Wyoming plead for attention for their missing
Indigenous people in Wyoming have called for equal attention for missing people from their communities in the wake of Gabby Petito’s disappearance and death. One group in Wyoming is trying to organise to shine a light on those who have gone missing.
Julie Charnet shared the effort in The Independent story below…
Graig Graziosi1 October 2021 20:17
Cassie Laundrie’s interview
Below is the video of Cassie Laundrie, the sister of Brian Laundrie, telling reporters that she had not seen her brother since he returned from his road trip without Gabby Petito.
Steven Bertolino, the lawyer representing the Laundrie family, contradicted those statements by confirming Ms Laundrie saw her brother twice between 1 September and 6 September.
He attributed the contradiction to “a difference of relating an answer to a question misinterpreted by Cassie or poorly posed by the inquirer.”
Brian Laundrie’s sister breaks silence over Gabby Petito disappearance
Graig Graziosi1 October 2021 20:00
FBI joins search for missing woman Miya Marcano
In the wake of Gabby Petito’s disappearance and death, there has been a renewed interest in missing person cases among the public.
The FBI has joined the search for another woman who has gone missing, Miya Marcano.
Ms Marcano was reported missing after she missed a flight to visit family in Florida Her dorm room was found in disarray and a person of interest in her case was found dead from an apparent suicide.
Graig Graziosi1 October 2021 19:40