Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie’s sister advised protesters exterior her Lakewood Ranch house Monday that her household has been ignoring her following the disappearance of her brother and the dying of his fiancée.
“I am within the boat the place I am getting ignored by my household and thrown below the bus by my household’s legal professional,” Cassie Laundrie mentioned to a gaggle of protesters Monday in video shared by TikTok consumer @chroniclesofolivia.
The lawyer Laundrie appeared to be referencing, Steve Bertolino blamed the media. “I don’t signify Cassie Laundrie,” he advised Fox Information Digital in a textual content message Monday night time. “Cassie’s feedback can solely be attributed to the press twisting my phrases and hers, which have been solely given to make clear prior mischaracterizations by the press, with the hopes of additional sensationalizing this tragic story.”
Laundrie made her first public remarks since an ABC Information interview final month to a gaggle of protesters at her house whereas a manhunt is underway for her brother – the topic of a federal warrant for alleged debit card fraud.
That publicity was triggered after Duane “Canine” Chapman, also called Dog the Bounty Hunter, uncovered proof first that the Laundrie household went tenting with Brian on Labor Day and later that Cassie visited them.
Bertolino confirmed that Cassie Laundrie met her brother and oldsters on Sept. 6 on the Fort De Soto Park campsite and faulted the ABC Information interviewer after the fugitive’s sister mentioned she hadn’t been in a position to speak to her brother.
“And I suppose should you’re – what’s, simply type of as his sister, the oddest factor to you about all this, should you needed to?” the interviewer requested, in keeping with a transcript on ABC’s web site.
“That I have never been in a position to speak to him,” Cassie Laundrie replied. “I want I may speak to him.”
Bertolino took subject with the muddy phrasing of the query and mentioned Cassie Laundrie met with Brian Laundrie on each Sept. 1 and 6.
“Any prior communication by Cassie that doesn’t replicate these dates is just a distinction of relating a solution to a query misinterpreted by Cassie or poorly posted by the inquirer,” he mentioned Saturday.
An FBI-led search uncovered Petito’s stays at a Wyoming campsite north of Jackson Gap on Sept. 19, 5 days after Brian Laundrie’s mother and father mentioned they final noticed him.
Brian Laundrie was seen leaving his house on Sept. 14. His mother and father reported him lacking three days later, earlier than the federal warrant had been introduced.
However he returned house on Sept. 1 in Petito’s van – however with out his fiancee. That day, Laundrie shocked his sister and her youngsters, she mentioned. They ate s’mores on the campsite between 2 p.m. and eight p.m. earlier than heading out as a result of the youngsters had college the following morning.
Petito had final been seen alive days earlier.
Cassie Laundrie advised the protesters that her youngsters had been crying since Saturday – when the information concerning the Fort De Soto Park tenting journey emerged.
She mentioned she would not know the way Petito died and in addition confirmed that her brother flew house for a number of days in mid- to late-August earlier than returning to Utah simply days earlier than Petito was final seen alive. The cross-country flights had been extensively rumored on-line for weeks.
When requested if her mother and father have been serving to Brian Laundrie evade authorities, she mentioned, “I do not know.”
Brian Laundrie’s whereabouts are at the moment unknown, however a number of attainable sightings have been reported alongside the Appalachian Path close to the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, in addition to components of Florida.
Petito’s stays have been discovered at a Wyoming campsite on Sept. 19, weeks after she was final seen alive in Jackson Gap, at a campground she was believed to have shared with Laundrie till late August.
He has not been charged in her dying, which authorities dominated a murder.