Brian Laundrie’s parents leave home first time since body was found, ask for privacy


On Sunday, Christopher and Roberta, the parents of Brian Laundrie, whose remains were found in a Florida swamp, left their home for the first time after his death was confirmed. Earlier in the week, his body had been found and its identity was confirmed on Thursday. His parents had remained indoors after they were given the news of his death.

On Sunday, at about 9.50 a.m. 62-year old Christopher and his wife Roberta dashed out of the house and entered their red Dodge Ram pickup truck. They drove to the center of Newport. A news crew followed them. Christopher stopped and spoke to the news crew that were following them. He said, “Please let me grieve with my family.”

On Thursday, the FBI confirmed that the remains were that of Laundrie and that Brian was dead. A very short while before the news broke, two police officers were dispatched to the Laundrie home in Newport, Florida.

The police officers knocked on the door twice and conveyed the news. The Daily Mail shot a picture of Brian’s father Christopher’s stunned face as the reality of his son’s death finally hit him.

Family lawyer Steve Bertolino confirmed to the Daily Mail that Laundrie’s parents were not planning to hold a funeral for Brian. He said that they would cremate his remains, “when the time comes.”

After the solemn knock on their door, Thursday, Christopher was seen rarely emerging from the home. On Saturday, he was on the lawn putting in “no trespassing” signs. These were placed near the makeshift memorial that mourners had created for Gabby Petito.

Gabby Petitio was manually strangled to death roughly around August 27 -30, according to Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue. This was the time when Brian and Gabby had visited the area. She was reported missing on September 11 by her mother Nicole and her body was found on September 19. It was placed at a lonely and remote spot in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. Brian Laundrie was considered to be the only person of interest in her death.

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