Brian Laundrie - update: Crowd chants 'justice for Gabby' during FBI conference after human remains found

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The FBI confirmed that partial human remains were found inside the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Wednesday near where a backpack and notebook believed to have been Brian Laundrie’s were found earlier in the day. Mr Laundrie’s parents visited the park to examine the items. The Sarasota medical examiner has been called to the scene, as have human remains detecting dogs. 

Shortly after an FBI press conference announcing the findings protesters began chanting “Justice for Gabby.”

A large tent has been erected at the park where the clothes were found. The clothes were found shortly after Mr Laundrie’s parents joined law enforcement to search the park on Wednesday morning. 

The attorney representing Mr Laundrie’s parents has said that Mr Laundrie’s parents are being “tortured” by protesters “in their own home.”

“They are being tortured in their own home by these protesters outside,” Steven Bertolino, was quoted as saying by the Insider.

Gabby Petito’s parents said they want a face to face meeting with Mr Laundrie’s parents so they can ask them why they are continuing to protect their son in the face of mounting evidence that he may have been involved with the woman’s murder. 

Meanwhile, Mr Laundrie’s father, Chris, received court summons for tearing up a protester’s sign. The sign read “What if it was Cassie?” and had been placed on the family’s front lawn. 

It appears that police may be permanently scaling back their search for Mr Laundrie at the Carlton Reserve. However, that has not stopped the overall search for Mr Laundrie, including a number of false alarms.

Earlier, a man resembling Mr Laundrie found himself handcuffed by US Marshals. The man looked so similar to Mr Laundrie that he adopted the trial name “Not Brian” to ward off the comparison. 

Watch: Human remains found in search for Brian Laundrie, person of interest in girlfriend Gabby Petito's death

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 Key Points
Brian Laundrie’s parents are being ‘tortured’
Seven bodies found during search for Brian Laundrie
Brian Laundrie’s father hit with court summons for trashing protester’s sign
Emily Ferlazzo: Suspicious disappearance of another van-life woman in wake of Petito case as husband ‘admits to killing’
Gabby Petito’s mother on Moab incident: 'I wanted to jump through the screen and rescue her'
What would happen if Brian Laundrie is never found?
Gabby Petito’s friends speak out after learning what caused her death

 FBI calls Gabby Petito death ‘murder’ for first time after human remains found in Brian Laundrie search
23:51 , Justin VallejoInvestigators are now calling the death of Gabby Petito “murder” following the discovery of human remains believed to belong to suspect Brian Laundrie.At a press conference announcing the discovery at a campsite in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, FBI special agent in charge of the bureau’s Tampa office, Michael McPherson, said it would take some time to confirm whether the remains belong to Mr Laundrie.“A person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito,” Mr McPherson said.The case has been ruled a homicide by the Teton County Coroner, and this is believed to be the first time her death has been described as murder by a law enforcement official.The difference between homicide and murder is a significant legal distinction, as homicide is a broad term that includes both the legal and illegal killing of one person by another person. A murder, however, is when that killing is illegal and done with some form of malice or intent. All murders are homicide, but not all homicides are murders.

 Watch FBI announcement that items belonging to Brian Laundrie and partial human remains found at park near Carlton Reserve
22:00 , Graig GraziosiThe FBI announced that a backpack and notebook believed to have belonged to Brian Laundrie as well as partial human remains were found at a park near the Carlton Reserve. Watch the announcement below...

 FBI confirms human remains and items believed to have belonged to Brian Laundrie found at park near Carlton Reserve
21:36 , Graig GraziosiFBI special agent Michael McPherson confirmed that human remains and personal items were found today. The items are believed to have belonged to Brian Laundrie in an area that was previously underwater. “Earlier today, we found what appears to be human remains along with personal items including a backpack and a notebook which appeared to belong to Mr Laundrie,” Mr McPherson said. Mr McPherson said teams will likely be on site for several days investigating the findings. He also referred to Gabby Petito’s death as a “murder.” Portions of the Carlton Reserve and a connecting park will remain closed to the public. The investigation is still considered active as the FBI continues to investigating the findings. Protesters began chanting “Justice for Gabby” immediately after the press conference ended. The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has more on the announcement below...Protesters chant as FBI reveal remains found next to Brian Laundrie’s notebook

 Watch the FBI update on Carlton Reserve discoveries live
21:25 , Graig GraziosiThe FBI is holding a press briefing today at 4:30pm EST to discuss items found at a park connected to the Carlton Reserve today that are believed to have belonged to Brian Laundrie. Human remains were also reportedly found, but it those claims have not been confirmed by law enforcement. Watch the update below...Watch live as FBI hold press conference after remains found in search for Brian Laundrie

 Who are Brian Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta?
21:15 , Graig GraziosiBrian Laundrie’s parents have become the focus of countless hours of press and social media attention in the wake of Gabby Petito’s death and their son’s disappearance. Who are they and why have they received so much attention over the course of the case? The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has those answers in the story below...What would happen if Brian Laundrie is never found?

 Temporary flight restriction issued over Carlton Reserve
20:52 , Graig GraziosiThe FAA has issued a temporary flight restriction over the Carlton Reserve where police are examining items that were found they believe may have belonged to Brian Laundrie. Partial human remains were also reportedly found at the park connected to the reserve. Law enforcement has not confirmed that remains have been found. The FBI is holding a press conference at 4:30pm EST to give an update on today’s findings. 

 What if Brian Laundrie is never found?
20:45 , Graig GraziosiPartial human remains have been discovered at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park near Carlton Reserve. The remains were found near items that are believed to have belonged to Brian Laundrie. What happens if the remains belong to Mr Laundrie? What happens if he’s never found? What would that mean for the Gabby Petito case? The Independent’s Graig Graziosi has more on the story below...What would happen if Brian Laundrie is never found?

 FBI reportedly giving update at 4:30pm EST
20:18 , Graig GraziosiJournalists in Florida are reporting that the FBI is going to provide an update on the items found in the Carlton Reserve today that are believed to have belonged to Brian Laundrie. The update is reportedly going to occur at 4:30pm EST. Partial human remains have also reportedly been found, but no law enforcement agencies have confirmed those reports and it is unclear if the FBI is going to comment on those claims. The Independent’s Helen Elfer has more on the update below...FBI hold press conference after remains found in search for Brian Laundrie 

 Five bodies have been found since Gabby Petito vanished and thrust missing people into spotlight
20:15 , Graig GraziosiFive bodies were found by law enforcement during the same time that police were searching for Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie. Some of the bodies - like a hiker in the Bridger-Teton National Forest - were found as a direct result of the search for Ms Petito. The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has more on the discoveries below...Five bodies found since Gabby Petito case thrust missing people into spotlight

 Key questions still remain in Gabby Petito case
19:40 , Graig GraziosiAfter it was revealed that Gabby Petito was killed by strangulation, several key questions remain. Chief among those is: Where is Brian Laundrie? Police found partial human remains Wednesday in the Carlton Reserve near a spot where items that may have belonged to Mr Laundrie were found. The Independent’s Bevan Hurley delves into the questions that remain in the story below...After Gabby Petito’s death is confirmed as strangulation, these key questions remain

 Partial human remains reportedly found at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park near where police are searching for Brian Laundrie
18:55 , Graig GraziosiPartial human remains have been found in the area where police are searching for Brian Laundrie. Mr Laundrie’s clothing was found in the park, and reportedly partial human remains were found near a backpack that may have belonged to the man. The Sarasota County medical examiner is at the scene, and human remains detecting dogs have been called to assist. The backpack contains items that Mr Laundrie may have had. The area where the backpack was located was previously underwater. The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has more on the developing story below...Human remains found in search for Brian Laundrie

 Human remains detection crew, including dogs, called to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park
18:45 , Graig GraziosiNorth Port police have request a human remains detection crew, including HRD dogs, to join the ongoing operation at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, where Brian Laundrie’s clothes were found earlier today. The Sarasota medical examiner has also been called to the scene. Several mobile command centres have been brought to the scene, and a tent has been erected inside the park near where the clothing is believed to have been found. 

 A tent has been erected at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park where Brian Laundrie’s clothes were found
18:35 , Graig GraziosiA tent has been erected at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park where Brian Laundrie’s clothes were found. Mr Laundrie’s parents joined law enforcement on a search of the park this morning, during which some of the man’s clothes were found. The Sarasota medical examiner has been called out to the park. 

 Brian Laundrie’s parents and Sarasota medical examiner called to Carlton Reserve
18:23 , Graig GraziosiBrian Laundrie’s parents and the Sarasota medical examiner have been called to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park near the Carlton Reserve after police and his parents found clothing belonging to the man. The Independent’s Helen Elfer has more on the developing story below...Medical examiner and parents called to reserve where Brian Laundrie belongings found

 WFLA reporter notes that October rainfall has minimal, possibly assisting search efforts
18:18 , Graig GraziosiWFLA’s JB Biunno noted that rainfall in Florida has been minimal for the majority of October, which may have helped police in their search of the Carlton Reserve. Last month, heavy rains made it difficult for law enforcement to travel throughout the protected swamplands, which North Port police noted was “75 per cent underwater” that month. On Wednesday, police found clothing belonging to Brian Laundrie in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park near the Carlton Reserve, and the Sarasota medical examiner has been called to the scene. 

 Brian Laundrie’s parents travel to Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park where police have located son’s belongings
17:13 , Graig GraziosiBrian Laundrie’s parents travelled to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, part of the Carlton Reserve, today where police showed them a bag they discovered which is believed to belong to their son.Police scaled back their search at the reserve in recent days, with the environmental park even reopening yesterday. However, law enforcement returned to the park this morning, and shortly after found the item. The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has more below...Brian Laundrie’s clothes have been found

 Pennsylvania train rape suspect had been considered for deportation in 2018 but was given second chance
13:55 , Eleanor SlyThe man accused of raping a woman in a moving train in Pennsylvania was previously considered for deportation by the immigration authorities after overstaying his student visa.Philadelphia police arrested 35-year-old Fiston Ngoy on Wednesday last week after a woman was sexually assaulted in front of multiple passengers on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (Septa) train on the Market-Frankford line.The suspect, who listed a homeless shelter as his last residence in official records, had come to the US legally in 2012 after obtaining a student visa, according to a report.Arpan Rai has more:Train rape suspect had been considered for deportation but was given a second chance

 Brian Laundrie: Who are missing boyfriend’s parents Christopher and Roberta Laundrie?
13:30 , Eleanor SlyChristopher and Roberta Laundrie have remained steadfastly silent amid intense public scrutiny as their son Brian became the subject of a nationwide FBI manhunt.Chris, 62, and Roberta, 55, live in a normally quiet suburban neighbourhood in North Port, population 75,000, about 50 miles north of Fort Myers.Like their son Brian, the couple have led a nomadic life; public records show Chris has lived all over New York state including Woodhaven, Bayport, Bohemia, Maspeth, Forest Hills and Sayville.Bevan Hurley reports: Who are Brian Laundrie’s parents?

 Petito involved in explosive argument around the time she died
12:40 , Eleanor SlyGabby Petito was involved in an argument on 27 August at Merry Piglets, a Tex-Mex restaurant, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, reported The Metro.Nina Celie Angelo, who hails from New Orleans, disclosed that she and her boyfriend had stopped off at the restaurant at around 1 or 2pm and seen Mr Laundrie having an argument with a member of the waiting staff.Ms Angelo said the row seemed to be about money and said that Ms Petito was sat next to Mr Laundrie.Apparently Mr Laundrie left the restaurant before his partner stepped in and said sorry for the way he was behaving, Ms Angelo explained.Autopsy results have indicated that Ms Petito died from strangulation around the last week of August.

 Steel bench to be erected in Florida as Petito memorial
12:15 , Eleanor SlyA steel bench will be erected to act as a memorial to Gabby Petito in North Port, Florida.“The family is grateful that their daughter’s life, their relative’s life has touched so many people. This is for her to be remembered,” North Port Mayor Jill Luke told Fox News on Saturday.The bench will be constructed from steel by a man from Indiana.It will be located in between a couple of trees near to the North Port City Hall, said Ms Luke.She explained: "A man from Indiana is currently working with Petito’s family on creating the steel bench that will permanently be in place in honour of Petito."The bench will be off in between a couple of trees in the shade. Steel in the sun isn’t that welcoming, and we want people to be able to come and sit and reflect.”Aaron Betzner, who owns the metal-fabrication company A Squared Fabrication in Indiana, said, "I knew it was something that I could do. It was something that I should do,” Fox News reported. 

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 Parents of missing Daniel Robinson call for son’s safe return
11:55 , Eleanor SlyThe parents of missing Daniel Robinson have called for the safe return of their son who went missing in June.The 24-year-old Mr Robinson was last seen on 23 June in Arizona and has been missing ever since.Speaking on the Facebook Watch series on Red Table Talk, David Robinson and Melissa Edmonds talked about their missing son, Daniel Robinson.They cited the difficulties that they’ve faced in getting the police to take their son’s disappearance seriously."Just looking at him is so difficult. We want to talk to him, we want to hug him. Daniel is my hero," said his mother during the episode.His father, David, has since relocated to Arizona to look for his son. He suggested that the police had told him that they had canceled a search for Daniel because "he is an adult.""When I heard that, that was unacceptable to me. So I grabbed everything I could and I started driving. I made it out here and I’ve been here since June the 26th searching for my son," he said. Later in the show he repeated that he hasn’t received "any support" from authorities.

 After Gabby Petito’s death is confirmed as strangulation, key questions remain
11:30 , Eleanor SlyAs a coroner ruled that Gabby Petito died by strangulation, key aspects of the investigation into her disappearance and homicide remain shrouded in mystery.Teton County Coroner Brent Blue revealed new details of Ms Petito’s death during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.Dr Blue said judging from the decomposition of the body, it had been in the wilderness for three to four weeks prior to being discovered on 19 September.Bevan Hurley reports:After Gabby Petito’s death is confirmed as strangulation, these key questions remain

 Gabby Petito’s Pinterest suggests she may have wanted children with Laundrie
11:05 , Eleanor SlyGabby Petito may have fantasised about having children with Brian Laundrie as well as getting married to him, her Pinterest boards seem to suggest.Ms Petitio had carefully curated a selection of photographs of ideas for wedding decor, dresses and things to eat. These were saved to her board “Life goals”, which was shared with Mr Laundrie and two other Pinterest users.The board also contains several images of young children and babies in the sub board called “Oh Baby”.The couple got engaged in July last year, which they announced on Instagram in a lengthy post.

 Gabby Petito timeline: When was she found and how did she die?
10:40 , Eleanor SlyThe focus of the Brian Laundrie manhunt has shifted back to the Carlton Reserve in Florida after the family attorney said he believes the missing fugitive is still hiding out in the 25,000-acre nature reserve.Steve Bertolino said Mr Laundrie, 23, may be unaware of the nationwide manhunt for him, telling Fox News: “I believe Brian is still in the preserve. And as such I don’t think he has access to the news.”As law enforcement ramped up their search of the park on Wednesday, Mr Bertolino also revealed that Brian’s father Chris Laundrie had been asked to join in the hunt for his missing son.Read more here:A timeline of events in the Gabby Petito case

 Laundrie’s former co-worker: he was like a “chameleon"
10:15 , Eleanor SlyBrian Laundrie had the personality of a “chameleon”, according to one of his former co-workers.Michael Livingston, who said he worked with Mr Laundrie during parts of 2017 and 2018, said that the 23 year old “never came across as the kind of person that would be the killing type.”Mr Livingston, aged 31, worked at a Long Island garden centre, where Mr Laundrie also worked doing odd jobs and at the sales counter.Speaking on Mr Laundrie, Mr Livingstone said: “He did have that tendency to be — I don’t wanna say the wrong thing and make him sound worse than he already is — he was kind of a guy who would get p—ed off pretty quick,” Fox News reported."I remember from back then he was a big yoga nut, always telling me, ‘I gotta worry about my zen,’" Mr Livingston said. "And I thought he was this weirdo."

 Emily Ferlazzo: Suspicious disappearance of another van-life woman in wake of Petito case as husband ‘admits to killing’
09:50 , Eleanor SlyThe husband of a 22-year-old woman, who has been missing for four days, has been arrested by the Vermont state police after he allegedly admitted to killing her.A body, believed to be that of Emily Ferlazzo, was also recovered on Tuesday. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.Joseph Ferlazzo told investigators that he had killed his wife inside their camper van in the Vermont town of Bolton, police said. He has been charged with first-degree murder and his arraignment is scheduled for 10.30 am on Wednesday at the Vermont Superior Court in Burlington.Suspicious disappearance of another van-life woman in wake of Petito case

 Brian Laundrie: Everything we know about Gabby Petito’s boyfriend as manhunt continues
08:59 , Eleanor SlyFederal prosecutors have indicted Brian Laundrie, 23, in the case of Gabby Petito, whose remains were discovered in a Wyoming national park after an extensive nationwide search.The fiance of the 22-year-old “van life” blogger, whose death has been ruled a homicide, Mr Laundrie was travelling with Ms Petito on a cross-country road trip from New York to Oregon when she went missing in late August.Mr Laundrie returned to his family’s home in Florida alone on 1 September in the white Ford transit van the couple had been living in and ultimately disappeared himself on 13 September, having apparently told his family he was going for a hike in the nearby Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre wilderness.Everything we know about Brian Laundrie as manhunt continues

 Brian Laundrie’s parents are being ‘tortured’
06:52 , Maroosha MuzaffarSteven Bertolino, the attorney representing Brian Laundrie’s parents, said that his clients are being “tortured” by protesters “in their own home.”“They are being tortured in their own home by these protesters outside,” Mr Bertolino was quoted as saying by the Insider. For weeks now, protesters have been showing up regularly outside their home in North Port, Florida — sometimes even knocking on the Laundries’ door and shouting abuse, and a number of signs have been left outside.The attorney said: “They are being harassed with lawsuits for a $40 sign that was more than likely on their property and should be considered litter.” A day before, a protester had filed a lawsuit against Christopher Laundrie for yanking off a sign from his front lawn. The protester had said that she contributed $40 for the sign that read “What if it was Cassie?”, referring to Brian Laundrie’s sister. “And all of the foregoing is occurring when they have no idea whether their son is alive or not,” Mr Bertolino added.

 Petito fundraiser organisers credit Gabby’s family for ‘paying it forward’
06:21 , Maroosha MuzaffarOne of the organisers of the first-ever Gabby Petito Foundation fundraiser — that was held on 17 October — has spoken about how the Petito family “insisted on paying it forward”.Steve Campo, Bill Nevin and Christian Cabrera — the organisers — are friends of Petito’s stepfather Jim Schmidt, and the three “made sure to get her parents’ blessing for the fundraising events”.Mr Nevin said: “We went to the family to make sure they were okay with it, and they’ve been updated every time we did something.”Initially, the fundraiser was going to support Petito’s family directly, but they refused. “We were just gonna get the money to the family because of the expenses they incurred,” Mr Nevin said. Instead, the Petito family insisted the money be used to help others, saying: “We want the foundation to help other victims of domestic violence and any other families that have to go through the tragedy that their family went through.”

 Gabby Petito’s mother on Moab incident: 'I wanted to jump through the screen and rescue her'
05:52 , Maroosha MuzaffarSpeaking about the Moab incident between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie, Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt recently said that she wanted to “jump through the screen and rescue her.”In September, the Moab police released bodycam footage that showed Petito sobbing. The couple were on a cross-country road trip at that point. Ms Schmidt, in an interview, recently said: “It’s just hard to watch. I wanted to jump through the screen and rescue her. I saw a young girl that needed someone to just hug her and keep her safe. I just felt so bad for her. I wish that she reached out to me.”On 19 September, Petito’s remains were found on the outskirts of a national park in Wyoming and the coroner later declared that she died due to throttling.

 Seven bodies found during search for Brian Laundrie
04:46 , Maroosha MuzaffarAt least seven bodies have been discovered around the US amid the ongoing search for the fugitive, Brian Laundrie. The seventh body — that of a woman who went missing near an area in Colorado where Mr Laundrie and Petito visited in early July — was found this week, the Sun reported. At least four other bodies were found under “suspicious circumstances” near areas where police were searching for either Mr Laundrie or Petito before her remains were found. Two other bodies were found before Mr Laundrie went missing near the areas where he was road tripping with Petito. The manhunt for the 23-year-old fugitive has been ongoing for five weeks now.

 Florida woman sues Brian Laundrie over garden sign
04:02 , Graeme MassieA Florida woman has sued Brian Laundrie’s father for $40 for removing her sign from outside the family home. Andra Griffin, of Bradenton, filed the lawsuit in the small claims division of a Sarasota County court and says she hopes her lawsuit irritates Christopher Laundrie into breaking his silence on the case.The lawsuit says her sign read “What if it was Cassie?” and includes a picture of Mr Laundrie removing the sign at his home in North Port, Florida.“On or about the morning of October 16th, 2021, the Defendant, Christopher Laundrie, came out of his home, walked up to the sign, stole it and walked back onto his property,” the lawsuit alleges.The family’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, said on Tuesday that the Laundries were being “harassed with lawsuits for a $40 sign that was more than likely on their property and should be considered litter.”

 Brian Laundrie described as ‘chameleon’ by former co-worker
02:02 , Graeme Massie“He never came across as the kind of person that would be the killing type,” Michael Livingston, who says he worked with 23-year-old Mr Laundrie during 2017 and 2018, told Fox News.“But he did have that tendency to be — I don’t wanna say the wrong thing and make him sound worse than he already is — he was kind of a guy who would get p***ed off pretty quick.”Mr Livingston, 31, says he was a landscaper for a Long Island garden centre, where Mr Laundrie worked on the sales counter and did other odd jobs.

 What would happen if Brian Laundrie is never found?
Tuesday 19 October 2021 21:30 , Graig GraziosiWhat would happen if Brian Laundrie is never found? Mr Laundrie has been missing for more than a month, and police are scaling back their searches of the Carlton Reserve, even allowing certain sections to be reopen to the public. Could Mr Laundrie be tried in absentia? What if he was found dead?The Independent’s Graig Graziosi has those answers below...What would happen if Brian Laundrie is never found?

 Indigenous women say the media not Gabby Petito is to blame for ‘epidemic of violence’ being ignored
Tuesday 19 October 2021 21:04 , Graig GraziosiIndigenous women claim that the media, not Gabby Petito, is to blame for an epidemic of violence and missing people in their communities going unnoticed. The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe spoke with Indigenous women who argue missing and murdered people in their communities are ignored in the press. Read their stories below...Indigenous women: Media not Gabby Petito is to blame for ignored ‘violence epidemic’

 Husband of missing Vermont woman has disappeared after her suspicious disappearance
Tuesday 19 October 2021 20:20 , Graig GraziosiIn the wake of the nationwide frenzy over Gabby Petito’s disappearance and death there have been calls for greater coverage of other missing person cases across the US. The husband of Emily Ferlazzo, a 22-year-old woman who has been missing for roughly three days, has gone missing. Police in Vermont are asking for the public’s assistance in locating her husband, 41-year-old Joseph Ferlazzo, as he is the woman’s last known contact. Law enforcement officials said Ms Ferlazzo’s disappearance was “suspicious.” In a police report, investigators claimed Mr Ferlazzo told her family they had gotten into an argument while driving in their camper van on the Bolton Valley Access Road at approximately 1 p.m. Saturday. He claimed that Ms Ferlazzo left the vehicle and began walking along Route 2, which connects to the road they were traveling. He said he continued driving to a nearby convenience store and, upon returning to pick up his wife, could not find her. Mr Ferlazzo and the family’s dog are both missing. Anyone with information regarding any of the parties involved are encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-524-5993. 

 Family of Miya Marcano sues apartments where she lived and worked
Tuesday 19 October 2021 19:40 , Graig GraziosiThe family of missing woman Miya Marcano is suing the Arden Villas apartments where the woman lived and worked. The lawsuit claims the apartments did not do enough to protect Ms Marcano. A maintenance worker at the apartment with a master key to all of the apartments is suspected to be the one who murdered Ms Marcano. The Organ County Sheriff’s Department released a police report detailing their findings, but more than 3/4s of the report were redacted. 

 Gabby Petito’s mother wants face to face meeting with Brian Laundrie’s parents
Tuesday 19 October 2021 19:20 , Graig GraziosiGabby Petito’s mother told 60 Minutes Australia that she wanted to talk to Brian Laundrie’s parents and ask them why they continue to stay silent about their son’s location. “I think silence speaks volumes. I believe they know probably, if not everything, they know most of the information,” Ms Schmidt said. “I would love to just, face to face, ask, ‘Why are you doing this? Just tell me the truth.’“The Independent’s Helen Elfer has more from the interview below...Gabby Petito’s parents want face-to-face meeting with Laundries

 ICYMI: Brian Laundrie look-a-like ambushed by federal agents near Appalachian Trail
Tuesday 19 October 2021 18:50 , Graig GraziosiA man who resembles Brian Laundrie was ambushed by police while resting from a hike on the Appalachian Trail. The man said federal agents dragged him out of his hotel room by gunpoint and, after clearing him, told him to shave his beard. The Independent’s Graig Graziosi has the full story below...Brian Laundrie look-a-like ambushed by US Marshals near the Appalachian Trail

 Jelanie Day funeral to be held today
Tuesday 19 October 2021 18:30 , Graig GraziosiAs the world watched Gabby Petito’s case unfold, another missing person went largely unnoticed. Today, Jelani Day will be laid to rest. The graduate student’s body was found nearly a month after he was reported missing, floating in a river 60 miles north of his college. The LaSalle County Coroner said Mr Day’s cause of death is still unknown, pending further investigation. Mr Day’s family is demanding answers and equal attention for the loss of their loved one. They have been critical of the police response to their son’s disappearance and death. “To them, Jelani didn’t mean anything,” Carmen Bolden Day, Mr Day’s mother, told CNN last month. “There is no effort. There is no push. There is no nothing that was being done about my son.”

 Gabby Petito’s parents collect her remains from Wyoming
Tuesday 19 October 2021 16:41 , Graig GraziosiGabby Petito’s parents were finally given permission to collect their daughter’s remains from a funeral home in Wyoming. The Independent’s Graig Graziosi recounts the day Ms Petito’s parents recovered her ashes in the story below...Gabby Petito’s parents collect her remains from Wyoming funeral home

 Internet detective thinks Brian Laundrie’s Pinterest proves he’s still alive, citing dubious evidence
Tuesday 19 October 2021 16:01 , Graig GraziosiA social media sleuth thinks the fact that an account she believes to be Brain Laundrie’s gaining an additional follower is evidence that the man is still alive. The account that blogger Shaynah Dodge believes to be Mr Laundrie’s follows 146 people, one more than it did three weeks ago. She believes that development to be “weird’ and potentially indicative of the man still being alive. Law enforcement agencies investigating the case have said it has no indication one way or another if Mr Laundrie is alive or dead. “Tonight I was scrolling some of his pins on his account and I noticed this … He now follows 146 people. That’s weird right?” Ms Dodge said. “Like of course his follow count went up as people have flocked to his pages but how did who he follows go up within the past three weeks. Can bot pages make you follow them?”The explanation is likely very simple: someone who Mr Laundrie followed previously deactivated their account and has since reactivated. As a result, the number of accounts Mr Laundrie is following has increased by one. 

 ‘I thought he would take care of her'
Tuesday 19 October 2021 14:42 , Matt MathersIn a heartbreaking interview, Gabby Petito’s mother and stepfather recalled trusting her fiance, Brian Laundrie, and took a painful look back at the couple’s ill-fated van trip.“I felt safe because she was with Brian, and I felt like she would be OK,” Ms Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, told 60 Minutes Australia. “I thought he would take care of her.”My colleague Nathan Place has more: ‘I thought he would take care of her’: Gabby Petito’s parents speak out

 Grieving parents collect daughter's ashes from mortuary
Tuesday 19 October 2021 14:16 , Matt MathersGabby Petito’s parents have collected their daughter’s remains from a mortuary.The Petitio family visited the Valley Mortuary in Wyoming, Jackson, on Saturday, DailyMail.com reported.The 22-year-old van life blogger was cremated and the family took home her ashes.

 ICYMI: What would happen if Brian Laundrie is never found?
Tuesday 19 October 2021 13:55 , Matt MathersCan Mr Laundrie be tried even if he is never found?My colleague Graig Graziosi reports: What would happen if Brian Laundrie is never found?

 ICYMI: After Gabby Petito’s death is confirmed as strangulation, key questions remain
Tuesday 19 October 2021 13:40 , Matt MathersAs a coroner ruled that Gabby Petito died by strangulation, key aspects of the investigation into her disappearance and homicide remain shrouded in mystery.My colleague Bevan Hurley reports: After Gabby Petito’s death is confirmed as strangulation, these key questions remain

 Watch: FBI agents raid home of Brian Laundrie
Tuesday 19 October 2021 13:20 , Matt Mathers

 Fugitive is a ‘chameleon’ and ‘weirdo’ who could quickly lose his temper, former co-worker says
Tuesday 19 October 2021 12:52 , Matt MathersBrian Laundrie has the personality of a “chameleon” and is a “weirdo” who gave the impression he could quickly lose his temper, one of his co-workers has said.“He never came across as the kind of person that would be the killing type,” Michael Livingston told Fox News Digital.“I don’t wanna say the wrong thing and make him sound worse than he already is — he was kind of a guy who would get p****d off pretty quick,” he added.Mr Livingston worked with the fugitive in parts of 2017 and 2018, according to Fox.“I remember from back then he was a big yoga nut, always telling me, ‘I gotta worry about my zen,’” Mr Livingston added. “And I thought he was this weirdo.”

 Possible sighting of fugitive in Florida
Tuesday 19 October 2021 12:38 , Matt MathersA man believes his CCTV security cameras may have picked up images of fugitive Brian Laundrie in Florida, a report says.According to the TMZ website, the images were recorded on the outskirts of the man’s property in Dunnellon on 9 October.Video obtained by the website shows a man wearing dark clothes cycling along a dirt track in a remote location.The man, who has facial hair, can be seen wearing a black cap, black jumper, green trousers and is carrying a backpack.

 Recap: Everything we know about Gabby Petito’s boyfriend as manhunt continues
Tuesday 19 October 2021 12:14 , Matt MathersFederal prosecutors have indicted Brian Laundrie, 23, in the case of Gabby Petito, whose remains were discovered in a Wyoming national park after an extensive nationwide search.The fiance of the 22-year-old “van life” blogger, whose death has been ruled a homicide, Mr Laundrie was travelling with Ms Petito on a cross-country road trip from New York to Oregon when she went missing in late August.Mr Laundrie returned to his family’s home in Florida alone on 1 September in the white Ford transit van the couple had been living in and ultimately disappeared himself on 13 September, having apparently told his family he was going for a hike in the nearby Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre wilderness.Days later, when Mr Laundrie’s parents reported his disappearance, a major manhunt was launched, which remains underway amid a flurry of international media interest.The FBI announced its charge against Mr Laundrie on 23 September for alleged “use of unauthorised access devices”, along with an arrest warrant.My colleague Helen Elfer has more below: Everything we know about Brian Laundrie as manhunt continues

 US Marshals Service says they received Brian Laundrie sighting tip
Tuesday 19 October 2021 06:32 , Maroosha MuzaffarThe US Marshals Service (USMS) has issued a statement after a Brian Laundrie lookalike claimed he was stopped by armed US marshals on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina.USMS said it “often supports investigations conducted by our federal, state, local, and tribal partners”.“In this instance, the Graham County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) in North Carolina had received a tip that the fugitive Brian Laundrie had been sighted in their jurisdiction,” the US Marshals Service told Fox News. “GCSO asked the USMS task force to support them in making contact with the subject.”Severin Beckwith from New York had claimed that he was approached by “a bunch of guys with riot shields with US Marshals written on them, handguns pointed at my face” while he was on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina.

 Brian Laundrie’s father hit with court summons for trashing protester’s sign
Tuesday 19 October 2021 06:26 , Maroosha MuzaffarChristopher Laundrie, the father of the absconding fiancé of deceased Youtuber Gabby Petito, was slapped with a court summon on Monday. Read the full story here: Brian Laundrie father hit with court summons for trashing protester’s sign

 Brian Laundrie’s father given summons for trashing protester sign
Tuesday 19 October 2021 05:18 , Maroosha MuzaffarThe father of 23-year-old fugitive Brian Laundrie has been sent a court order and asked to report to the Sarasota County small claims court on 1 December for trashing a protester’s $40 lawn sign, according to Florida court records. Christopher Laundrie yanked a protester’s sign that said “What if it was Cassie” out of the front lawn of the family’s home in North Port, Florida – it and a cluster of other protest signs were placed on the lawn near the road, on the street side of police tape cordoning off the home.Protesters have been camping near the Laundrie home for almost a month now, demanding justice for Gabby Petito. The court claim against Brian Laundrie’s father was filed by one protester identified as Andra Griffin who said that she helped pay for the sign that was taken and trashed.

 Prior domestic incident could be used to establish motive in Petito homicide case, lawyer says
Tuesday 19 October 2021 04:50 , Maroosha MuzaffarIf Brian Laundrie is apprehended by the police and named as a suspect in the killing of his girlfriend Gabby Petito, their history of domestic incidents could be used as evidence in court, a lawyer has said.Brian Laundrie is the subject of a federal arrest warrant and is a person of interest in the Petito homicide case. Police have previously released bodycam footage of their response to a fight between the couple in August, not long before she went missing and died, during which they admitted to hitting each other.Ajay Pallegar, a Sarasota-based criminal defence attorney, told Fox News that even though the prosecution is not allowed to “admit evidence of a prior crime to show that the defendant has a bad character … or acted in bad faith” or to show that “because he committed this similar crime before, he’s likely to do it again,” there are circumstances under Florida law where the prosecution can try and introduce evidence of past bad acts to show intent, motive, knowledge, modus operandi and so on.

 Opinion: ‘I’m a survivor of intimate partner violence. Gabby Petito’s killing is the wake-up call we all need'
Tuesday 19 October 2021 04:11 , Justin VallejoMore likely than not, at least one woman you know, whether that be your mother, sister, cousin or a friend, has faced violence at the hands of a man, writes Victoria Gagliardo-Silver for Independent Voices.“If you stood in a room with four or more female family members, the likelihood of one of them being an abuse, rape, or assault survivor is nearly 100 per cent. Someone you know, someone you love, has faced this. I am one of those women. I experienced sexual, physical, and emotional violence in one of my college relationships… and yet, I struggled to leave.”Read the full piece:Gabby Petito’s death is the partner violence wake-up call we all need

 Opinion: It has been a media circus. But without the coverage Gabby Petito’s body would have been found in 8 days
Tuesday 19 October 2021 03:15 , Justin VallejoThe interest over every aspect of the case, be it the reported sightings of the young woman’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, or the reaction from the families to each development, has been obsessive, writes The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe.“One point, ignored by the coroner, but not by Petito’s family or the police or the FBI, is that without the massive media coverage, it is very unlikely that the young woman’s remains would have been found within just eight days.”Read the full piece:Without the media it’s unlikely Gabby’s body would have been found in just 8 days

 Petito timeline: When was she found and how did she die?
Tuesday 19 October 2021 02:15 , Justin VallejoAgencies have been scouring the alligator-infested wilds of Florida for several weeks with helicopters, drones, all-terrain vehicles and canine units.The timeline of Brian Laundrie’s movements both before and after his girlfriend Gabby Petito went missing has altered dramatically since the YouTuber went missing.It is now known that Mr Laundrie flew from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Florida on 17 August for six days before returning to join Ms Petito on their cross-country road trip.Catch up on the full timeline.A timeline of events in the Gabby Petito case

 Watch: Gabby Petito’s parents speak out
Tuesday 19 October 2021 01:11 , Justin Vallejo“I felt safe because she was with Brian, and I felt like she would be OK,” Ms Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, told 60 Minutes Australia. “I thought he would take care of her.”

 Brian Laundrie look-a-like ambushed by US Marshals
Tuesday 19 October 2021 00:09 , Justin VallejoSeverin Beckwith looks like an average man. He is of generally average height and build, with a mid-length beard and a bald head – a perfectly normal looking guy.That is why US Marshals pointed guns in his face when they raided a hotel he was visiting in Western North Carolina.Mr Beckwith was traveling with his partner, Anna Brettmann, along the Appalachian Trial, aiming to hike from George to Virginia.Graig Graziosi reports.Brian Laundrie look-a-like ambushed by US Marshals near the Appalachian Trail

 ICYMI: ‘I thought he would take care of her’: Gabby Petito’s parents speak out in plea for justice
Monday 18 October 2021 22:00 , Graig GraziosiGabby Petito’s parents spoke with 60 Minutes Australia about their daughter’s death and their feelings about Brian Laundrie, the only person of suspect in the woman’s killing. “I felt safe because she was with Brian, and I felt like she would be OK,” Ms Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, said. “I thought he would take care of her.”The Independent’s Nathan Place has more from the interview below...‘I thought he would take care of her’: Gabby Petito’s parents speak out

 ‘I thought he would take care of her’: Gabby Petito’s mom recalls fateful van trip
Sunday 17 October 2021 21:09 , Nathan PlaceIn a heartbreaking new interview, Gabby Petito’s mother and stepfather recalled Brian Laundrie as “quiet” and “polite,” and took a painful look back at the couple’s ill-fated van trip.“I felt safe because she was with Brian, and I felt like she would be OK,” Ms Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, told 60 Minutes Australia. “I thought he would take care of her.”

Watch: Brian Laundrie - Strong probability' the remains found near the notebook are Brian's, lawyer says

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