A Florida sheriff gave his two cents about the investigation into Brian Laundrie – saying in an unrelated press conference that he would have detained Gabby Petito’s boyfriend as soon as her parents reported her missing.
Laundrie returned alone to Florida on Sept. 1 after the couple’s cross-country trip, arriving at his parents’ home in North Port in Petito’s 2012 Ford Transit van. He later disappeared and she was found dead in a Wyoming park.
On Sept. 11, the Long Island native’s family reported her missing.
“At this sheriff’s office, when he showed up with her car and she was no place to be found, we would have never let him out of our custody that day,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told reporters during a press conference about a child porn sting, Fox 13 reported.
“Other than that, I’m not sure where their investigation is,” added Judd, who noted that his department is not involved in the case and that he “could speculate based upon news reports.”
He added: “As you know, those are incomplete at best and sometimes they can fictionalized at worst.”
Judd also addressed Petito’s encounter with a Utah cop, whom she told that Laundrie had assaulted her during an Aug. 12 domestic dispute shortly before the couple was stopped by police at the entrance of Arches National Park.
A 911 caller told police he saw a man slapping a woman outside an organic grocery store in Moab.
Moab Police Chief Bret Edge has taken a leave of absence as internal investigators look into whether or not the cops mishandled the situation by letting the couple drive off without pressing charges.
“I can tell you that according to Florida law, when she was the victim of domestic violence originally, he would’ve been arrested,” Judd told reporters about the incident.
Authorities are conducting a massive manhunt for Laundrie, who disappeared from his family’s home on Sept. 14 and was reported missing three days later.