Brian Laundry: The medical examiner and the corpse dog were called to a stand where detectives found Laundry’s items
Family attorney Stephen Bertolino said Laundry’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundry, informed the FBI and the North Port Police Department Tuesday night that they intended to come to Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park Wednesday morning to look for him. He said law enforcement met them on Wednesday morning.
Bertolino said that after a “brief search” of a route Landry frequented, the family and law enforcement authorities found “some articles” of him. He did not provide any other information about what or how many items were found.
Bertolino said law enforcement is now conducting a more thorough investigation in that area.
North Port Police declined to comment.
How did we get here
Pettito, 22, and Laundry, 23, traveled across the western US in a white van this summer, all while posting photos and stories regularly on their social media pages. These publications abruptly ceased in late August, and Laundry returned alone to their home in North Point, Florida, where they lived with his parents, on September 1.
Pettito’s family, who was unable to contact her, reported her missing 10 days later, and launched a national search. Laundry refused to cooperate with an investigation into her whereabouts, and soon after, he also disappeared. His family told investigators they believe he went to a sprawling nature reserve nearby.
“We think this was strangling by a human,” Blue told CNN reporter Anderson Cooper.
Although their social media posts seem idyllic, their relationship has been riddled with tension and conflict in recent months. Pettito called her mother regularly, and those conversations seemed to reveal “more and more tension” in Pettito’s relationship, according to the police affidavit of a search warrant for an external hard drive found in the couple’s truck.
In a report from Moab Police, another police witness said he saw the couple arguing over the phone. The witness said that when Laundry got into the truck, Pettit appeared to hit him in the arm and then climbed through the driver’s side door as if he had locked it, the report said.
After interviewing Pettito, Londry and the witness, officers described the incident as an argument that turned into a physical altercation involving shoving and scratching.
CNN’s Madeline Holcomb and John Basantino contributed to this report.