The assistance Brian Laundrie’s parents gave to investigators searching for their son “undercuts” speculation that they may have helped him evade authorities, a former federal prosecutor said in a new report.
Chris and Roberta Laundrie, who remained largely holed up in their North Port home in Florida amid the manhunt, had faced the ire of protesters and online sleuths that they were in on their son’s actions.
“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,” attorney Neama Rahmani, president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, told The Sun.
“That leads me to believe they’ve been cooperative and not the other way around,” he added.
Rahmani said he believes the remains found near a bridge that connects the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and adjoining Carlton Reserve likely belong to Laundrie — “unless he was trying to plant evidence next to someone else’s remains to throw law enforcement off his tracks.”
The lawyer told The Sun he believes Laundrie was involved in his girlfriend Gabby Petito’s murder, but said his apparent death means that authorities will have a hard time solving the sensational case.
“I’m sure Gabby Petito’s family wants some sort of closure, but if Brian Laundrie is dead, this is as good as it’s going to get,” he said.
On Wednesday, the Laundrie family lawyer told CNN that the “probability is strong” that the remains belong to the 23-year-old fugitive, who was named a “person of interest” in Petito’s death.
The 22-year-old Long island native’s remains were found on Sept. 19 in a Wyoming park and her death was later ruled a homicide by strangulation.