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Gabby Petito family hold press conference as new Laundrie witnesses emerge – live

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FBI visits Brian Laundrie home to investigate DNA match

It’s been nine days since Brian Laundrie went missing after telling his parents he was going for a hike in the “vast and unforgiving” Carlton Reserve. He disappeared the same day he was made a person of interest in the missing person case of his girlfriend Gabby Petito, whose body was subsequently found later that evening.

Today, the Petito and Schmidt family will hold a press conference at their lawyer Richard Stafford’s office in New York. The press conference will take place at 1pm EST (6pm BST) and comes after new witness stories have emerged about Mr Laundrie.

One tourist, 44-year-old Hunter Mannies told the New York Post that he and his friends had a strange encounter with a lone man who resembled Mr Laundrie while drinking at Bullwinkle’s Saloon in West Yellowstone. It became apparent the man had been listening when the conversation turned to “hunting and guns and politics,” Mannies said.

He told the New York Post: “The guy just looked mad and then at some lull in the conversation, he said, ‘Stupid southerners and f—ing Republicans.’”

He continued: “I kind of laughed and said, ‘Well, where are you from? and he said, ‘New York,’ and I said, ‘Okay, New York’ and he said, “I have a name, it’s Brian.”

When the news broke of Gabby’s disappearance, Mannies’ friend called him: “She said that’s the crazy guy from the bar,” he said.

Mannies said he contacted the FBI and spoke with them for 45 minutes. “How many people named Brian from New York who look exactly like him are in the middle nowhere at the bar?” he said.

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Aerial photos of Fort DeSoto, where Dog the Bounty Hunter claimed the Laundries camped

A WFLA news helicopter captured photos of the campgrounds at Fort DeSoto, Florida, where Duane Chapman – aka Dog the Bounty Hunter – claimed the Laundrie family had been camping.

There does not appear to be a substantive police presence near the camp ground. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has not launched a search in the area and said it has received no tips regarding Brian Laundrie.

Graig Graziosi28 September 2021 15:00
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Laundrie’s leave their home

Brian Laundrie’s family left their home this morning.

A reporter on the ground outside the home said the couple was headed to Walmart. The last time the couple left their home, they were followed by the FBI.

Graig Graziosi28 September 2021 14:45
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Gabby Petito’s father shares heartfelt message to women in relationship at daughter’s funeral

Gabby Petito’s father shared an emotional message and some life advice, especially for “women in relationships,” at the travel blogger’s funeral.

“If there is a relationship that you’re in that might not be the best thing for you, leave it now. Take care of yourself first,” he told the women at the funeral.

He added: “I would like you to take a look at these videos [of Petito’s travels] and I want you to be inspired by them. If there’s a trip you guys want to take, take it now. Do it now while you have the time.”

Gabby Petito’s father gives message to women in toxic relationships at her funeral

‘If there is a relationship that you’re in that might not be the best thing for you, leave it now’

Ella Glover28 September 2021 14:30
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Family set up foundation in honour of Gabby Petito

Gabby Petito’s family have set up a charitable foundation in her name, and are asking people to donate to it in lieu of flowers for her memorial service.

Ms Petito’s father Joe Petito announced on Friday the family had formed the Future Gabby Petito Foundation.

Donations are being collected through the Johnny Mac Foundation, a charity set up by the family of former FDNY firefighter John McNamara who died of 9/11-related cancer in 2009 aged 44.

Family set up foundation in honour of Gabby Petito

Gabby Petito’s family have invited people to donate to the new foundation in lieu of flowers

Ella Glover28 September 2021 14:00
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Mother of Brian Laundrie calls police on Dog the Bounty Hunter

The mother of Brian Laundrie called 911 after Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman turned up at her Florida home on Saturday, according to reports.

Audio has emerged of a 911 call made by Roberta Laundrie at around the time Mr Chapman knocked on the door of the Laundrie’s family home in North Port.

Speaking to Fox News on Monday, Mr Chapman said it was a shame Mr Laundrie’s parents wouldn’t speak to him.

“The police said we were welcome to knock on the door so we did. I wanted to tell the Laundries that our goal is to find Brian and bring him in alive.”

North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said they treated 911 calls from Mr Laundrie’s parents like they would from anyone else.

“We’ve been called to the house numerous times for all sorts of issues. Media, protesters, celebrity searchers,” Mr Taylor.

“It’s not something normal. If the family calls and is concerned, we will respond like we would for anyone.”

Brian Laundrie’s mother calls 911 on Dog the Bounty Hunter

‘I wanted to tell the Laundries that our goal is to find Brian and bring him in alive,’ says Duane Chapman

Ella Glover28 September 2021 13:29
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‘Beautiful girl’: Gabby Petito’s friends and family paid tribute to her at a vigil

At a memorial service on Sunday, Gabby’s family and friends paid tribute to her.

Her father, Joseph Petito said: “I want you to be inspired by Gabby, that’s what we’re looking for.

“That’s what I want to see. If there’s a trip that you guys want to take, take it now. Do it now, while you’ve got the time.”

Gabby’s stepfather, Jim Schmidt said: “Gabby loved life and lived her life every single day. She is an example for all of us to live by and to enjoy every moment in this beautiful world like she did. Love and give love to all like she did.”

Ted Malkiewicz, the brother of Gabby Petito’s adopted grandmother Noreen Gibbons, said: “The pictures you see of her smiling, that was her. A gorgeous, gorgeous girl.”

Ms Petito’s great aunt, who gave her name as Liz, said she was a “beautiful beautiful person” after coming out from the service.

“I almost don’t even have words. It’s just so heartbreaking what happened to her and we love her and we know she’s at peace.”

Gabby Petito: The ‘girl who touched the world’ remembered as a fearless adventurer

Family of Gabby Petito encourage mourners to be inspired by her life

Ella Glover28 September 2021 12:12
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Dog the Bounty Hunter’s ‘lead’ on Brian Laundrie’s whereabouts ‘just wrong’

Duane Chapman, aka Dog the Bounty Hunter, a television personality and a “bounty hunter” by profession, said that the three members of the Laundrie family were camping at Fort DeSoto campground on two instances earlier this month — on 1 and 3 September and 6 and 8 September.

He alleged that Brian’s parents had helped him escape arrest.

In a statement released on Monday, the parents of Mr Laundrie said: “Chris and Roberta Laundrie do not know where Brian is. They are concerned about Brian and hope the FBI can locate him.”

The family’s attorney also said Mr Chapman’s unconfirmed lead was “just wrong.”

Ella Glover28 September 2021 11:01
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Norma Jean Jalovec, the second woman who picked up Brian Laundrie while he was hitchhiking in Wyoming days before Gabby’s body was found, has shared more details about their encounter.

She said there was “nothing extraordinary about him” until they neared the van he and Gabby had been travelling in.

She told PEOPLE: “He got agitated when I said, ‘Do you want me to take you past the gate, down the road [to the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area]?’”

She added: “He was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no. This is fine.’

“He said, ‘Just let me out here. You can let me out here.’”

He literally was getting out of the passenger seat,” before she stopped the car, she added.

She said his “antsy” demeanour was suspicious but she brushed it off at the time.

“But now we all know, obviously, there was a reason why he probably didn’t want me to go down that road,” she added.

Read the full story:

Woman Who Drove Hitchhiking Brian Laundrie Noticed ‘Nothing Extraordinary’  — Until They Got Near Van

Norma Jean Jalovec shares more details of the day she drove Laundrie to the entrance of Wyoming’s Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area, where the body of his fiancée, Gabby Petito, was later found

ella glover28 September 2021 10:16
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ICYMI: Who is Gabby Petito?

Gabby Petito’s body was discovered in Wyoming by the FBI after a missing person case was launched. But who was the aspiring van-life blogger?

Here’s what we know about Gabby Petito:

Who is Gabby Petito? ‘Sweet’ waitress whose dream of influencer fame ended in tragedy

Gabby Petito, whose body was found Sunday, had been described by loved ones as ‘sweet’ and ‘selfless’

Ella Glover28 September 2021 09:56
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ICYMI: News anchor suspended for raising ‘missing white woman syndrome’ during coverage

An Emmy Award-winning news anchor has been suspended indefinitely after telling bosses he wanted to discuss “missing white woman syndrome” during coverage of Gabby Petito.

Frank Somerville, 63, was suspended by KTUV in Oakland after arguing with station news director about adding a “brief tagline” about how missing persons cases involving white women tend to attract far greater coverage than those of indigenous and Black people.

He was reportedly told by his boss Amber Eikel that it would be inappropriate, and the pair became involved in a disagreement that led to Mr Somerville’s suspension.

Bevan Hurley has the full story:

Anchor suspended for raising ‘missing white woman syndrome’ in Gabby Petito story

‘Missing white woman syndrome’ refers to how media tend to focus on disappearances involving young, white females

Ella Glover28 September 2021 09:04