Brian Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, said Monday night that they have no idea where their son might be right now.
The couple released a statement through their lawyer on Monday night, per Fox 5 New York.
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie do not know where Brian is. They are concerned about Brian and hope the FBI can locate him,” the statement said, per Fox 5 New York.
“The speculation by the public and some in the press that the parents assisted Brian in leaving the family home or in avoiding arrest on a warrant that was issued after Brian had already been missing for several days is just wrong,” the family said, according to the statement.
Chris and Roberta Laundrie told police in North Port, Florida, on Friday, Sept. 17, that Brian Laundrie’s whereabouts were unknown and that they had not seen him for a few days. Since Brian Laundrie was deemed a person of interest in the disappearance of Gabby Petito, police immediately began searching for him.
Brian Laundrie and Petito went on a cross-country road trip this summer, visiting locations across the West. But only Brian Laundrie returned home to North Port on Sept. 1. It wasn’t until Sept. 11 that Petito was reported missing. On Sept. 19, police found her body in Wyoming and it was ruled on Sept. 21 that she died by homicide.
Recent records showed that the Laundrie family visited the Fort De Soto Park — a campground that’s about 75 miles away from the Laundrie home — in early September from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8, WFLA reports.
The trip had originally been booked from Sept. 1-3 but had been canceled, Laundrie’s attorney, Steven Bertolin, told reporter Jossie Carbonare.
“The family went camping. The FBI is aware of Brian’s whereabouts well after that camping trip,” Bertolin told Carbonare.