Brian Laundrie is ‘extremely likely’ to face more charges if he’s found alive, Florida attorney says
Brian Laundrie might face more charges if he’s found amid the Gabby Petito case
David Aronberg, the state attorney for Palm Beach County, said it is “extremely likely” Laundrie will face additional charges in the death of Gabby Petito, especially because he hasn’t be found yet.
“That’s coming,” he told NewsNation Now.
Laundrie’s decision “to flee will also hurt his case if he’s ever caught and charged,” according to the New York Post.
“At trial, his flight can come back to haunt him because the prosecutors can point to that,” Aronberg said, per NewsNation Now.
“In fact, it’s even in some jury instructions that says that if you flee that is the consciousness of guilt and juries hate it when you flee,” he said.
Laundrie has not been seen since Sept. 14 when he decided to go on a hike near his home in North Port, Florida. His family reported him missing on Sept. 17.
Laundrie is a person of interest in the death of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito. The couple had been on a cross-country road trip before Laundrie returned home alone to North Port, Florida, in Petito’s van. On Sept. 11, her family reported her missing.
Since that time, police have focused their search of Laundrie at the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve. His whereabouts are still unknown.