Brian Laundrie's sister says she does not know where he is, and 'I'd turn him in'
The sister of Brian Laundrie has doubled down on her assertion she has no idea where he is, as authorities search for him after the death of his fiancée, Gabby Petito. © from ABC "No, I do not know where Brian is. ... I'd turn him in," Cassie Laundrie said in an exclusive interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" that aired Tuesday. Cassie Laundrie said if she could talk to her brother, she would tell him to come forward. "I worry about him. I hope he's OK, and then I am angry and don't know what to think. ... I would tell my brother to just come forward and get us out of this horrible mess," she said.
Gabby Petito's parents have traveled to Wyoming to bring her remains back to New York, a family representative said Wednesday, a day after a coroner announced the 22-year-old died by "manual strangulation." © Provided by NBC News
The Long Island woman's body was discovered on Sept. 19 at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Bridger-Teton National Forest, and Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue had previously ruled her death a homicide.
Blue determined on Oct. 5 that Petito died of strangulation, but waited until Tuesday to release the results. Petito's body was released to Valley Mortuary in Jackson for cremation, Blue said Wednesday.
Newly Abandoned Campsite Discovered in Florida Reserve as Father Joins Search for Brian Laundrie
"Chris Laundrie is assisting Law Enforcement today in the search for Brian," according to attorney Steven Bertolino An unnamed source with ties to the investigation told CNN about the discovery of traces of a campsite inside the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre nature preserve consisting primarily of swampy wetlands. The source did not say when the campsite was located, or whether authorities believe the site may have been used by Laundrie. The missing man has not been seen since Sept. 13, when he allegedly told his parents he was headed to the reserve to hike.
A nationwide manhunt for the woman's missing fiancé, Brian Laundrie — named a person of interest in the case — is ongoing.
Steven Bertolino, an attorney for Laundrie's family, reiterated Tuesday that Brian Laundrie is not a suspect in Petito's disappearance or death.
“Gabby Petito’s death at such a young age is a tragedy," Bertolino, said in a statement. "While Brian Laundrie is currently charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to Gabby, Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise. At this time Brian is still missing, and when he is located we will address the pending fraud charge against him."
Petito's mother and stepfather visited a memorial to their daughter in Blue Point, New York, after the autopsy results were made public, NBC New York reported. They did not speak to press, but her mother, Nichole Schmidt, texted a reporter that Bertolino's "words are garbage," referring to his statement.
Watch Live: Gabby Petito Autopsy Result Press Conference
Authorities are set to reveal how Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito, 22, died. They previously announced the "initial determination" was homicide but did not reveal cause and manner of death. Meanwhile, police are still looking for her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, who cops say returned to Florida alone while she was missing. Investigators found Petito's remains in Teton County, Wyoming. The post Watch Live: Gabby Petito Autopsy Result Press Conference © Provided by Law & Crime Watch Live: Markeith Loyd Jury Selection in Lt.
Petito and Laundrie were on a cross-country road trip, chronicling their travels on social media, before he returned to his parents' home in North Port, Florida, arriving there Sept. 1 without his fiancée, police said.
The woman's family reported her missing Sept. 11, and Laundrie himself soon vanished.
Laundrie’s family told investigators he had gone hiking around Sept. 13 or Sept. 14 in the Carlton Reserve in Florida and never returned. Their story to investigators has not always been consistent.
Law enforcement searched the 25,000-acre wildlife refuge multiple times looking for him. An arrest warrant was issued for him after authorities said he used her debit card without permission.
Also last month, the Grand County Sheriff's Office in Utah released 911 audio from a witness who said he saw a man slap a woman and then saw a white Ford Transit van bearing a Florida license plate drive away.
The 911 call led Moab police to stop the van — driven by Laundrie, with Petito as a passenger — on Aug. 12.
EXPLAINER: Where does Gabby Petito slaying probe go next? .
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Now that the decomposed remains of Brian Laundrie have been found, where does the investigation into the strangling of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, go from here? Petito, 22, was discovered slain last month on the edge of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, one of the places the young couple had visited during a cross-country van trip that ended with Laundrie mysteriously returning home alone to Florida in the vehicle. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This Aug.