Laundrie family attorney confirms Brian flew home after fight with Gabby, returned six days later

The twists and turns in the case of Gabby Petito, who was found deceased last month, keep coming. Her missing fiance, Brian Laundrie — thought by many to be responsible for her death — continues to surprise law enforcement.

According to ABC 7 Chicago, the Laundrie’s family attorney, Steven Bertolino, confirmed that Brian Laundrie flew home to Florida from Salt Lake City, Utah on Aug. 7, and then flew back to rejoin Petito in Salt Lake City nearly a week later.

The surprising announcement suggests that Laundrie, for unknown reasons, flew back to Florida shortly after his fight with Petito in Utah, which drew police attention but only resulted in local law enforcement separating the two for the night, with Petito staying in her van and Laundrie being put up in a local motel.

Bertolino told media outlets that the reason for Laundrie’s jaunt back to Florida was because he needed to “obtain some items and empty and close the [couple’s] storage unit to save money as they contemplated extending the road trip.”

Laundrie, of course, has been missing since Sept. 14, which prompted a massive manhunt led by federal, state, and local law enforcement. The search even drew the attention of Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, who is using his resources and connections to hunt down the fugitive.

Bertolino clarified to reporters that Laundrie allegedly left on Sept. 13 on a hiking trip to the Carlton Reserve, even though it was originally reported to prosecutors that he left on Sept. 14.

“The Laundries were basing the date Brian left on their recollection of certain events. Upon further communication with the FBI and confirmation of the Mustang being at the Laundrie residence on Wednesday, September 15, we now believe the day Brian left to hike in the preserve was Monday September 13,” Bertolino said.

Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11 by her parents after they lost contact with her for several days.

It’s clear that there are likely many additional twists to come in the mysterious case, especially if and when Laundrie is found and detained.