Brian Laundrie’s father was seen on Thursday and even cracked a smile as he joined federal investigators of their seek for his fugitive son in a snake-and-alligator invested Florida protect.
Christopher Laundrie, 62, seemingly did not have a care on the earth as he was photographed aiding within the manhunt within the huge 24,565-acre Carlton Reserve, the place officers discovered remnants of a ‘recent campsite’ Wednesday and imagine Laundrie could possibly be hiding.
Christopher left his North Port residence and arrived on the park close to Venice earlier than 10am, the place he waited for officers and park rangers to open the gate in order that he may search the wooded space together with the FBI, who’ve been on the hunt for the prime suspect in Gabby Petito’s loss of life since September 14.
Oddly sufficient, he was noticed alongside a younger officer who resembled Brian and the 2 shared amusing as they walked alongside a path.
Carrying a grey T-shirt, cargo pants and clutching a plastic provider which appeared to include paperwork, or maybe a map and meals, Laundrie spent hours within the park with about 5 FBI officers and was dripping sweat within the Florida warmth.
He took breaks to drink water on the outskirts of the park alongside the highway. A police helicopter was additionally flying overhead to help within the search.
Investigators had introduced in Christopher to assist information them alongside the paths Brian was recognized to frequent.
Nonetheless, his steering bore little fruit as officers made ‘no discoveries’ and Christopher returned residence, the place his spouse Roberta, 55, was believed to have been ready for him.
The couple have barely left their residence since their son vanished.
In the meantime, an legal professional for the household mentioned that Laundrie’s mother and father imagine ‘that’s precisely the place he’s positioned,’ CNN’s Chris Cuomo reported.
Lawyer Steven Bertolino mentioned: ‘There have been no discoveries [on Thursday] however the effort was useful to all. It appears the water within the Protect is receding and sure areas are extra accessible to go looking.
‘The whole Laundrie household is grateful for the onerous work of the devoted members of legislation enforcement which have been looking out the Protect for Brian over the previous couple of weeks. Hopefully Brian might be positioned quickly.’
Christopher returned residence earlier within the afternoon with dry footwear and clothes, suggesting he remained in a car whereas guiding officers by means of the swampy land.
He’ll proceed to cooperate with legislation enforcement as brokers end investigating the brand new campsite.
‘Chris Laundrie is aiding Regulation Enforcement as we speak within the seek for Brian,’ the household’s lawyer, Bertolino advised DailyMail.com.
‘Chris was requested to level out any favourite trails or spots that Brian might have used within the protect.
‘Though Chris and Roberta Laundrie offered this info verbally three weeks in the past it’s now thought that on-site help could also be higher.
‘The protect has been closed to the general public and the Laundries as nicely however the mother and father have been cooperating for the reason that search started.’
Bertolino advised CNN: ”Sadly North Port police needed to postpone Chris’ involvement however Chris and Roberta are hopeful there might be one other alternative to help.’
However Josh Taylor, chief spokesman of the North Port Police Division which is aiding the FBI of their search, advised Fox Information that his division didn’t ask for Chris’s involvement – and that police didn’t ‘postpone’ it.
‘In no world would we be the company asking the household to assist search in an FBI led investigation,’ Taylor mentioned, whereas declining to reply questions on whether or not North Port police had invited Chris Laundrie to hitch the search earlier than the FBI took over the case.
North Port police mentioned all questions must be referred to the FBI.
Pat Diaz, a former murder detective in Miami-Dade who additionally labored on FBI job forces, mentioned he questioned whether or not the FBI would usher in a suspect’s father to assist with their search.
He mentioned: ‘They might have discovered stuff within the reserve for the daddy to determine. Not a physique, however belongings.’