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Where is Brian Laundrie’s gun?

The silence by the FBI over whether it has recovered the gun used by Brian Laundrie to kill himself and why investigators did not reveal that he had a weapon in the first place has led to a backlash against the feds for not warning the public that Gabby Petito‘s deranged fiance was armed and dangerous during his month-long manhunt.

Laundrie’s body was found in Florida‘s Carlton Reserve on Oct. 20 and an autopsy Tuesday revealed that he died of a single bullet wound to the head.

His family’s lawyer Steve Bertolino told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that one of the family’s guns was missing when Laundrie vanished on Sept. 13, but that the feds kept it secret because they didn’t want the public to panic.

While Laundrie’s family was uncertain of the missing weapon’s make and model, Bertolino said that it was definitely a pistol, and that the family definitely reported it missing.

‘I don’t know if [law enforcement] would mention that at the beginning – they found a body, they found possessions, that was it,’ he said of the gun’s status.

The dearth of information on the weapon is troubling, said Peter Massey, program coordinator of the Forensic Studies and Justice program at the University of South Florida.

‘If they are saying gunshot wound to the head and suicide, and we don’t have a firearm at that scene, we have a big issue,’ Massey told WESH 2.

‘We have to account for this firearm.’ 

Laundrie with his fiancee, Gabby Petito, whose body was found in Wyoming on September 19

A gun, painted in the likeness of an American flag (circled in red), was hanging in his bedroom in photos taken by a real estate website before he vanished

A gun, painted in the likeness of an American flag (circled in red), was hanging in his bedroom in photos taken by a real estate website before he vanished

A gun, painted in the likeness of an American flag, was hanging in his bedroom in photos taken by a real estate website before he vanished.

However, neither the North Port Police nor the FBI have reported a gun among Laundrie’s recovered belongings, which included a dry bag and a waterlogged notebook.

Laundrie’s parents reported that their son set off for the Carlton Reserve on Sept. 14, three days after Petito was reported missing. They later amended the date to Sept. 13.

His remains were discovered on October 20, and could have been rotting in the swamp at the reserve for more than a month.

Despite near-daily searches of the reserve between September 17 until the day Laundrie’s body was found, heavy rains submerged huge swaths of the sprawling preserve and made it inaccessible.

For weeks during the search, the FBI declined to answer questions regarding if Laundrie should be considering ‘armed and dangerous.’

Social media users questioned why authorities did not disclose the vital information knowing that the public was assisting in the search.

One user, who goes by Tessarossa on Twitter, said: ‘Wow. I saw the update on the news and this blatantly obvious question didn’t even occur to me. None of this makes sense. What is the FBI hiding?’

‘[Law enforcement] and FBI have a lot to answer for in the Gabby Petito and Brian laundrie case knowing that he had a firearm when he went “missing” and not notifying the public of an armed and dangerous person knowing the public were looking 4 him smh.’

Another joked that ‘if the gun is not recovered maybe the fbi should ask the dad to go get it for them.’

Laundrie's remains were found in a Florida swamp on October 20 two months after he is believed to have killed Gabby

Laundrie’s remains were found in a Florida swamp on October 20 two months after he is believed to have killed Gabby 

Like Laundrie’s body, his gun must have been underwater. It could have sunk under layers of sediment, or been washed to another area of the park. 

Despite the inhospitable conditions of the 24,500 acre preserve, someone else could have pocketed the weapon, or an animal could have displaced the now-missing firearm.

Or, law enforcement simply has yet to divulge the weapon’s existence to the public.

A weighted-down gun was discovered in waters near Fort DeSoto in August by fisherman Christopher Sacco, 35.

Before Petito’s death was attributed to strangulation by a coroner, the revelation sparked theories that the weapon had been used by Laundrie to kill Petito, then disposed of during a family camping trip on September 6th and 7th to an area near where it was found.

That gun, according to The Independent, is has been handed over to the Pinnellas County Sheriff’s Department and is being held as evidence. 

Online, social media users questioned why authorities did not disclose the vital information knowing that the public was assisting in the search.

One user, who goes by Tessarossa on Twitter, said: ‘Wow. I saw the update on the news and this blatantly obvious question didn’t even occur to me. None of this makes sense. What is the FBI hiding?’ 

The public questioned 'Why do we even have an FBI' and 'What is the FBI hiding?' after it is revealed Laundrie was armed while on the run

The public questioned ‘Why do we even have an FBI’ and ‘What is the FBI hiding?’ after it is revealed Laundrie was armed while on the run 

 In addition, the Petito family lawyer floated the idea that ‘additional individuals’ could face charges in connection to their daughter’s murder.

The family said they would make a ‘statement’ following the determination, and were asked ‘to wait for the United States Attorney’s Office to make a determination on whether any additional individuals will be charged.’

Laundrie vanished after returning alone from a trip with Petito, whose body was later found in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

He had no contact with her family, who were becoming increasingly worried that she hadn’t been seen or heard from.

On September 11, Gabby’s family reported her missing and two days later, Brian vanished from his parents’ home.

He told them he was going camping in the park.

On September 19, Gabby’s strangled body was found in Wyoming. Police say she had been dead for three or four weeks.

Police started searching the Florida preserve for Brian in the hopes of finding him alive to question him over Gabby’s death.

The young couple had been on a cross-country van trip but it turned sour and in August, just a few weeks before she died, they were ordered apart for the night by police.

'Additional charges' could be made toward Laundrie's parents (pictured), the Petito family lawyer suggested

‘Additional charges’ could be made toward Laundrie’s parents (pictured), the Petito family lawyer suggested 

The FBI is now facing backlash after 'hiding' that Laundrie was 'armed and dangerous,' knowing the public was assisting in the search for him. Many people claimed to have had encounters with Laundrie

The FBI is now facing backlash after ‘hiding’ that Laundrie was ‘armed and dangerous,’ knowing the public was assisting in the search for him. Many people claimed to have had encounters with Laundrie 

 Witnesses had seen them arguing in their van and were worried.

The police however ruled that Petito was the aggressor.

Chris and Roberta Laundrie, Brian’s parents, have been widely condemned for not talking with Petito’s family or turning their son in to police when he returned home from his trip, especially after she was reported missing.

He left their home on September 13, two days after her family on Long Island, New York, reported her disappearance.

Petito’s family criticized the Laundries for not helping them.

TIMELINE OF GABBY PETITO DISAPPEARANCE AND DEATH

July 1: Gabby Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie left Blue Point, New York for a cross-country road trip

August 12: Police in Moab, Utah respond to a domestic incident involving the couple

Aug. 17: Laundrie allegedly flies back to Florida to ‘clear out a storage unit’   

Aug. 21: Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, has his last FaceTime video call with his daughter who was in Salt Lake City, Utah 

Aug. 23: Laundrie flies back to Utah to ‘rejoin Gabby’ on their trip 

Aug. 24: Petito is last seen at a hotel in Salt Lake City with Laundrie

Aug. 25: Petito makes final call to her mother, Nichole Schmidt, saying she was in Grand Teton National Park

Aug. 25 or 26: The couple chats with the owner of a shop called ‘Rustic Row’ in Victor, Utah for about 20 minutes 

Aug. 27: Video of Petito’s van was taken by blogger Jenn Bethune around 6.30 pm at the Spread Creek Campground; Witnesses say they saw a ‘commotion’ with the couple at Merry Piglets Tex-mex restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming 

Aug. 29: The day that Wisconsin TikToker Miranda Baker claimed that she and her boyfriend were approached by Laundrie at Grand Teton National Park and asked them for a ride at 5.30pm

Aug. 30: Schmidt receives the last text from Petito’s phone: ‘No service in Yosemite’

Sept. 1: Laundrie returns to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida in a van without Petito

Sept. 6-7: Laundrie and his parents visit Fort De Soto campsite in Florida

Sept. 11: Schmidt reports Petito missing to authorities in New York; Petito and Laundrie’s van was impounded by police in Florida that same day

Sept. 12: Grand Teton National Park rangers search for Petito

Sept. 13: Laundrie’s lawyer says on October 5 that his parents now ‘believe’ this was the day they last saw him heading for a hike

Sept. 14: Laundrie issues a statement about Petito’s disappearance through his lawyer; Laundrie’s parents claim on September 17 that Laundrie left his parents’ home for a hike this day and they hadn’t seen from him since 

Sept. 15: Laundrie is officially named a person of interest in Petito’s case

Sept. 17: Laundrie family attorney confirms his whereabouts are unknown

Sept. 18: North Port police and the FBI start searching the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County for missing Brian Laundrie

Sept. 19: Bethune realizes she has video of Petito’s van around 12am and submits the FBI with the footage 10 minutes later; Officials announce a body was found near Grand Teton National Park that matched Petito’s description in the afternoon

Sept. 21: Coroner confirms remains found in Grand Tetons belong to Petito. Her death is ruled a homicide but her cause of death is still under invesetigation

Sept. 20 – 22: FBI and North Port police continue search for Laundrie in Carton Reserve 

Sept. 22: Neighbors say they saw the Laudrie family pack up their detached camper on the day Gabby was reported missing. DailyMail.com photos show the camper was back in the driveway two days later, on September 13 

Sept. 23: FBI issues an arrest warrant for Laundrie for ‘use of unauthorized access device’ for fraudulently using a Capitol One Bank debit card that was not his between August 30 and September 1 to spend $1,000; A probe is launched into the police handling of the Utah police incident on Aug. 12; Laundrie’s parents visit their attorney in Orlando 

Sept. 25: Dog the Bounty Hunter joins the search for Laundrie 

Sept. 26: A funeral is held for Petito in Holbrook, New York, and her family launch a charity to help parents find missing children 

Sept. 27: Manhunt for Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve is scaled back after 10 day search doesn’t find him. Dog the Bounty Hunter says Laundrie and his parents stayed at Fort De Soto Park from September 1-3 and September 6-8 – and that on the latter visit only the parents left 

Sept. 28: Laundrie’s mom is accused of using a burner phone to contact her son Sept. 29: Documents reveal Laundrie’s mom canceled a reservation for the Fort De Soto Park campsite for two from September 1 to 3 and booked for three from September 6 to 8; FBI seizes surveillance footage from site; FBI investigates lead Laundrie bought a burner phone on September 14;  

Sept. 30: Bodycam footage from a second officer at the August 12 incident is released showing a distressed Petito admitting Laundrie hit her; FBI agents collect more evidence from the Laundrie home 

Oct. 1: It emerges Laundrie’s sister had contact with him after she said she did 

Oct. 2: A hiker along the Appalachian Trail claims to have seen Laundrie near the border of Tennessee and North Carolina 

Oct. 3: Investigators searched the area on the Appalachian trail for any signs that Laundrie had been there  

Oct. 4: Laundrie’s sister told protestors outside her home that her family has been ignoring her after they rebuked her story and that she does not know where her brother is

Oct 5: Laundrie’s sister appeared on Good Morning America to say she would turn her brother in if she knew where he is;  

Oct. 7: Laundrie’s father Christopher joins FBI agents on the search for his son at the Carlton Reserve but the search brings up no clues 

Oct. 12: Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue announces autopsy findings which show Petito died by strangulation; No specific date of death was given – only that she was dead 3-4 weeks before her body was found 

Oct. 16: Petito’s parents are seen collecting her ashes from the Valley Mortuary in Jackson, Wyoming

October 20: Human remains found in Carlton Reserve 

 


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