Yelp users are flooding the business page of Brian Laundrie’s lawyer with negative reviews — calling him “disgusting” and “scum” for his role in the case of his client’s missing girlfriend, Gabby Petito, who is assumed dead.
Steven Bertolino, an attorney with a Long Island, New York firm, has been criticized on the page for not making his client available to talk to authorities after Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11.
“Advising a person not to corporate with police who’re searching for a missing girl. You should be held responsible and chargeable as well. Amazes me how scum like you sleep at night,” one review said.
Another wrote, “Just as disgusting as Brian and the laundrie family.”
Police in North Port, Fla., where Laundrie lives, had made a public appeal last week to Bertolino for help in the investigation.
“Mr. Steven Bertolino, esq. the @NorthPortPolice needs your help in finding Gabby Petito. Please call us to arrange a conversation with Brian Laundrie,” Police Chief Todd Garrison wrote on Twitter.
Laundrie, 23, was declared a person of interest after Petito, 22, went missing on a cross-country road trip with him.
The FBI confirmed on Sunday that a body “consistent with the description” of Petito was found in Bridger-Teton National Park in Wyoming.
No cause of death has been released, and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
Meanwhile, authorities are now searching for Laundrie after his parents reported him missing Friday from their home.
Search efforts were underway on Tuesday in Carlton Preserve, where his parents claim he headed out last week on a hike and never returned.