Before disappearing himself, Brian refused to speak with authorities about Gabby’s whereabouts. While he is a person of interest in the case, he has not been charged and is not suspected of a crime, police have said.
His family’s lawyer, Steven P. Bertolino, said in a statement on Sept. 15, a day after Brian’s parents say they last saw their son, “In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this, and the warning that ‘any statement will be used against you’ is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms. Petito’s disappearance. As such, on the advice of counsel, Mr. Laundrie is not speaking on this matter.”
The lawyer had also said in a statement on Sept. 14, “This is understandably an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family,” adding, “On behalf of the Laundrie family, it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is re-united with her family.”
—Reporting by Holly Passalaqua