Demonstrators staked out the home of Brian Laundrie’s parents in North Port, Florida, on September 29, as the family of Gabby Petito asked publicly for information relating to the death of the 22-year-old Long Island woman.
Jonathan Riches said he had been demonstrating outside the Laundrie home “every day for the past few days … We represent Born to Ride for 45 in Support of Gabby Petito, her family and all victims of Domestic Violence,” he wrote.
Laundrie’s family has said they don’t know where he is, according to reports.
Video taken by Riches one demonstrator speaking into a megaphone, addressing the unseen Laundrie family and peppering them with questions about their son and Petito’s disappearance. “How did you know to pick up the Mustang at the park, Laundrie family? How did you know? We want answers. You need to cooperate with authorities,” he says. “You need to do what’s right, Laundrie family, because this is not going away. The spotlight is on you. We are here. We are here, the whole world is watching … Do what’s right,” he continues.
Further video from Riches shows another demonstrator delivering flowers to the home, with a card in the bouquet that reads, “Rest in Heaven. #Justice4Gabby.” Riches said there was a makeshift memorial outside the Laundries’ home.
The FBI took over the search in Florida’s Carlton Reserve, where authorities believe Brian Laundrie could have gone. Laundrie had not been seen since September 13, according to reports.
Petito’s body was found in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest on September 21. Her death was declared a homicide. Credit: Jonathan Riches via Storyful