BRIAN Laundrie, the fugitive fiance of slain vlogger Gabby Petito, has now been missing for a month.
The 23-year-old reportedly vanished on September 13 after telling his parents he was going hiking in the 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida, but failed to return.
His disappearance came two days after Gabby was first reported missing, and 12 days after he quietly returned home to Florida without her on September 1 – just two months into their planned four-month road trip across the US.
Laundrie offered no explanation about where Gabby was and refused to cooperate with police before absconding. His parents also didn’t inform police of his disappearance until four days later, on September 17.
Gabby’s remains were then found at a campsite near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 19.
The manner of Gabby’s death was ruled a homicide and coroner’s revealed on Tuesday that she had been strangled to death by “human force”, which is otherwise referred to as throttling.
She had also been left out in the wilderness for between three to four weeks, coroners said.
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While officials refused to speculate on who they believe murdered Gabby, Laundrie is alleged to have been with her when she was last seen alive on August 27.
He has not yet been named as a suspect in the case but is considered a person of interest. He is also wanted by police for alleged bank fraud after investigators said he used a credit card believed to have belonged to Gabby in late August, racking up charges amounting to $1,000.
A tireless four-week search for Brian has so far failed to yield any concrete leads.
Law enforcement have been focusing their efforts on the Carlton Reserve, while TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter has been conducting his own search in Fort De Soto Park, where Brian had gone camping with his parents before disappearing.
Below is a timeline of Brian’s known movements since Gabby was last seen alive:
During a press conference on Tuesday, Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue did not offer a specific date for when he believes Gabby was killed but suggested she had been dead for between three to four weeks when she was found on September 19.
That puts her time of death around the end of August, sometime between August 25 — when she last spoke to her mother over the phone — and August 29, which is exactly three weeks before she was found.
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