Brian Laundrie’s sister joined her family on a camping trip days after Gabby Petito’s disappearance, seeming to contradict statements she made that she hadn’t recently seen her brother.
Cassie Laundrie saw her now-fugitive brother twice since he returned home to Florida on Sept. 1, attorney Steven Bertolino confirmed to The Post on Friday.
Brian had returned from an aborted cross-country trip with Long Island native Petito, who has since been found dead last month.
“Cassie saw her brother Brian on Sept. 1 when he stopped by her home and again on Sept. 6 at Fort De Soto Park,” Bertolino said. “Law enforcement agencies are well aware of these dates.”
The confirmation comes after reality TV star Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman went public with Cassie’s visit to the camping grounds, though the Laundries’ attorney now blames a miscommunication or the reporter’s line of questioning for the apparently conflicting statements.
Cassie was the first, and so far only, member of the family to publicly discuss Petito, 22, since she disappeared in late August. She defended her kin in an interview with “Good Morning America” last month before Petito’s remains were found in Wyoming, but appeared to say she hadn’t spoken to her brother since Sept. 1.
“I haven’t been able to talk to him,” she said. “I wish I could talk to him.”
The broadcast interview doesn’t show the reporter asking the question to Cassie, so the exact phrasing of the questions aren’t clear.
“I’ve cooperated every way that I can,” Cassie added in the interview. “I wish I had information where I would give more.”
She also said she had spoken with law enforcement about Petito’s disappearance. Bertolino said authorities are aware that Cassie had seen her brother.
“Law enforcement agencies are well aware of these dates,” Bertolino said. “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.”
Chapman, who inserted himself into the hunt for Brian, had apparently received a tip about Cassie visiting Fort De Soto on Sept. 6. He turned that information over to law enforcement Friday morning, his spokeswoman said.
The confirmation is the latest in a series of sometimes strange revelations and admissions about and from the tight-lipped family.
Petito was reported missing Sept. 11, and Brian and his parents refused to speak to authorities on the missing person’s case. The Laundries eventually reported Brian missing too — three days after they allegedly last saw him heading out for a hike sans his cellphone and wallet.
As a massive manhunt was underway near to the Laundrie’s North Port home, it was revealed that Brian had joined his parents on a camping trip for the weekend of Sept. 6-8 in Fort De Soto, 75 miles from their home.
Documents showed that Brian’s mother changed the initial reservation at the park for two people from Sept. 1, and moved it to the Sept. 6 for three people. Dog the Bounty Hunter was investigating a tip that claimed only two people were seen to leave the campsite.
Brian remains the sole person of interest in Petito’s disappearance. An arrest warrant was issued for Brian on fraud charges for illegally using someone else’s debit card, but cops haven’t said if the card belonged to Petito.