North Port police spokesman Josh Taylor told CNN’s Randi Kaye that even if no Laundrie -related finds were found inside the reserve, their efforts will continue there until they have better information.
North Port police confirmed this week that an abandoned vehicle notice was placed on a Ford Mustang belonging to the Laundrie family on Sept. 14 outside a park that serves as an entrance to the reserve.
The parents, Chris and Roberta, went to the park that day looking for their son and found the passage, according to Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino, a day after they said they were told by Laundrie that he was on his way to the reserve. Her parents took the car home on Sept. 15.
The search was prompted by full information from Laundrie’s parents, Taylor told CNN, and while the police department has received many tips from the public, police said no one has yet turned out to now.
Police said Laundrie was under surveillance before she disappeared
Petito, whose body was discovered Sept. 19, was reported missing eight days earlier by his family who had not heard from him since August.
When police, as part of the investigation into Petito’s disappearance, went to the Laundrie family home on the night of Sept. 11, they could not find him and had no chance to speak to him, Taylor told CNN.
On Sept. 17, when police spoke to Laundrie’s parents after they reported him missing, they refused to address Petito’s disappearance or answer any questions about him, which police described as “strange,” Taylor said. Laundrie’s parents, who have their lawyer on speakerphone, will only talk about their missing son.
Nearly a week after Laundrie returned, she and her parents camped for a short stay at a site about 75 miles away from their home, attorney Bertolino told CNN.
In late September, Laundrie’s parents released a statement through their attorney, saying, “Chris and Roberta Laundrie don’t know where Brian is. They’re worried about Brian and I hope to find him of the FBI.Public speculation and some in the press that Brian’s parents assisted in leaving the family home or avoiding arrest in a warrant issued after Brian had been missing for several days is just wrong. “
Dad joined the search this week
“Chris asked to point out any favorite paths or spots Brian might have used in the maintenance,” the attorney said. Even if the family provided what information they knew earlier, “it is now thought that on-site help might be better,” he said.
“The custody has been closed to the public and to Laundries but parents have been cooperating since the search began,” Bertolino said.
“There are no findings but the effort is beneficial to everyone,” he said.
Police denied Thursday that a campsite was found on the reserve in a previous search effort. That confirmation came after a source close to the Laundrie family told CNN that they told them investigators had discovered police. The source insisted on Thursday that the Laundrie family was told a campsite had been found.
“Is it possible they thought there might be a campsite there or something they might have seen from the air, but when they got to the ground that’s not what happened. Sure, I think that’s a possibility,” Taylor said. , the North Port Police spokesman. “The bottom line is investigators tell me no campsite was found there.”
As the search continues, Laundrie’s parents believe she is still on the reservation, Bertolino said, and as a result, any public call that she has surrendered to authorities will not reach her.
“In other words, the parents believe Brian is and is still in custody so there is no reason to issue a plea to the media that he does not have access to,” the lawyer said.
CNN’s Randi Kaye, Leyla Santiago, Sara Weisfeldt, Melissa Alonso, Gregory Lemos, Chris Cuomo, Jon Passantino, Dakin Andone, Christina Maxouris, Taylor Romine, Joe Sutton, Susan Chun and Anne Clifford contributed to this report.