A spokesperson for North Port Police said investigators made mistakes in the Brian Laundrie case.
A spokesperson for the department told WINK News that officers mistook Brian’s mother for her son.
“They’re sort of built the same way,” Josh Taylor told the store.
Officers from the small Florida Police Department, which conducted the search for Brian Laundrie for the past month and a half, made errors in handling the high-profile case, a department spokesperson said on Monday.
Josh Taylor, public information officer for the department, told WINK News that officers mistook Brian’s mother Roberta Laundrie for her 23-year-old son just a day before his parents reported missing.
“No business is perfect,” Taylor told the outlet.
According to Taylor, North Port Police began monitoring Brian after his fiancee’s family, Gabby Petito, reported him missing on September 11, ten days after Laundrie returned to Florida after the couple had traveled across the country. without her.
On Monday, September 13, North Port police watched Brian leave his parents’ house in his gray Mustang, according to Taylor. Two days later, on September 15, authorities believed they saw him drive home in the same car.
As pressure mounted in the search for Petito, North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison told reporters on Thursday, September 16 that police were convinced Brian was inside his home.
“All I’m going to say is I know where Brian Laundrie is at,” Garrison said at a press conference.
But the next day, Laundrie’s parents reported his disappearance, telling officers they hadn’t seen him since Tuesday, September 14, when he told them he was going for a hike in the Carlton Preserve from Sarasota County, wearing only a backpack. The family then changed their story, telling authorities that the last time they saw him was actually Monday, September 13.
“When the family reported it on Friday, it was definitely news to us that they hadn’t seen it,” Taylor said. “We thought we saw Brian come back to that house that Wednesday.”
Taylor said the department now believes it was Laundrie’s mother Roberta, wearing a baseball cap, that they saw stepping out of her Mustang on September 15. “They’re built a bit the same way,” he told WINK News.
“They came back from the park with that Mustang. So who’s doing that? Isn’t it? For example, if you think your son has been missing since Tuesday, you’re going to take his car home. no sense that anyone would do that if they weren’t there. ” Taylor added. “So the individual who walked out in a baseball cap, we thought it was Brian.”
Brian’s remains were found in the Carlton Reservation last week. A comparison of dental records confirmed that the partial human remains found on Wednesday belonged to Brian, the FBI said Thursday.
Laundrie was the only person interested in the murder of his fiancee, Gabby Petito, whose body was found in Grand Teton National Park on September 19. His death was deemed a homicide, and a Wyoming coroner said Petito’s cause of death was strangulation.
Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino told reporters Brian’s parents left their Florida home and were mourning their son in an undisclosed location.
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