Brian Laundrie’s parents still face several unanswered questions

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Brian Laundrie's parents still face several unanswered questions

So many questions, so few answers.

With the search for Brian Laundrie appearing to have reached its conclusion, the focus has turned back to his parents — who have said nothing publicly since their son became a person of interest in Gabby Petito’s disappearance last month.

Christopher, 62, and Roberta Laundrie, 55, were seen on Wednesday at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, pointing out to authorities “a trail that Brian frequented,” the family’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, told The Post.

The FBI later reported that a backpack and notebook belonging to Brian were found along with human remains at the Carlton Reserve — but have not positively identified the remains as Brian’s.

The remains were found “in an area where (Laundrie’s parents) had initially advised law enforcement that Brian may be,” Bertolino said.

The latest discovery continues to fuel speculation that the parents could have been in on their son’s actions.

Here are the lingering questions that they must answer.

Did they get along with Gabby Petito?

Gabby and Brian met while attending Bayport-Blue Point High School, and later reunited and became romantically involved, according to Gabby’s mother, Nichole Schmidt.

According to sources, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie were not the biggest fans of Gabby Petito. One source said Roberta Laundrie preferred co-worker Brittany Coleman.
According to sources, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie were not the biggest fans of Gabby Petito. One source said Roberta Laundrie preferred co-worker Brittany Coleman.
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Brian Laundry in bodycam footage after the Moab were informed of a domestic argument between Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito.
Brian Laundrie in bodycam footage after the Moab, Utah Police were informed of a domestic argument between Laundrie and Gabby Petito.
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The young couple got engaged last year while living in North Port.

Internet sleuths have speculated that Roberta Laundrie was not fond of her future daughter-in-law, saying Brian’s mom preferred co-worker Brittany Coleman for her son.

However, the Laundries and Coleman have not addressed the question.

What do the Laundries know about Gabby’s death?

Unclear. The Laundries have only released information through Bertolino, who has insisted his clients have helped the feds.

It is still unclear how much Brian Laundries' parents actually know about Gabby Petito's death.
It is still unclear how much Brian Laundries’ parents actually know about Gabby Petito’s death.
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Brian returned home alone in Gabby’s van on Sept. 1, and the family — including Brian’s sister Cassie — went camping at the Fort De Soto Park campground on Sept. 6 and 7.

Yet, Cassie Laundrie told protesters outside her home on Oct. 4 that Gabby did not come up during the family camping trip, the last time she said she saw her brother.

The Laundries said Brian then left for a hike at the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve on Sept. 13 and never returned — and reported him missing to police on Sept. 17.

Christopher Laundrie eventually joined the manhunt for his son Brian despite police fiercely refusing his help.
Christopher Laundrie eventually joined the manhunt for his son Brian despite police fiercely refusing his help.
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The FBI raided the Laundrie home last month and made several other visits there, but it is unclear what evidence may have been pulled from the house.

The Laundries have not been officially implicated in Brian’s flight.

Did they help Brian evade the FBI?

Also unclear. Protesters have camped outside the Laundrie home for more than a month harassing the family and demanding that they come clean about Brian’s getaway.

Law enforcement experts have also cited the “oddness” of the case.

They point to their two-week silence after Brian’s return to Florida, and the four-day gap from his alleged disappearance on Sept. 13 and his missing person report Sept. 17 as possibly giving their son a head start.

Bertolino also confirmed that Brian flew from Salt Lake City and returned to the family home from Aug. 17 to Aug. 23 before rejoining Gabby out west.

Gabby was last seen alive four days later in a Wyoming restaurant.

The FBI swarming the home of Brian Laundrie, a day after they announced they found a body in Teton National Park.
The FBI swarming the home of Brian Laundrie, a day after they announced they found a body in Teton National Park.
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Chris Laundrie traveled to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and told authorities that it was among the spots where his son liked to hike.
Chris Laundrie traveled to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and told authorities that it was among the spots where his son liked to hike.
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However, beyond speculation from protesters and Internet sleuths, there has been no proof or official allegation that they aided their fugitive son.

Can they be charged?

Unlikely, one former federal prosecutor says.

Neama Rahmani, now president of the West Coast Trial Lawyers, told The Sun that Chris and Robert Laundrie may have dodged potential charges by helping the feds find Brian’s backpack and the nearby remains — whether or not they turn out to be his.

An area of Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park where human remains that could possibly be those of Brian Laundrie were found on October 20, 2021.
An area of Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park where human remains that could possibly be those of Brian Laundrie were found on October 20, 2021.
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“The fact they may have led investigators to their son’s possessions and possibly his remains — that all undercuts the argument that they were aiding and abetting his escape,” Rahmani said. “That leads me to believe they were cooperative and not the other way around.”

The remains were found near a bridge connecting the Carlton Reserve with the Myakkahatchee Environmental Park early Wednesday.

Chris Laundrie traveled to the area days earlier and told authorities that it was among the spots where his son liked to hike.

According to one prosecutor it is unlikely that Roberta and Christopher Laundrie will be charged with any type of crime.
According to one prosecutor it is unlikely that Roberta and Christopher Laundrie will be charged with any type of crime.
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“I’m sure Gabby Petito’s family wants some closure, but if Brian Laundrie is dead this is as good as it’s going to get,” Rahmani added.

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