As the hunt for Brian Laundrie continues, new details emerge on nearly a daily basis concerning his possible whereabouts.
That was evidenced again this week, according to the Daily Caller, as the attorney for Laundrie’s family, Steven Bertolino, revealed to the New York Post that Laundrie had flown home to get supplies and take care of some business before flying back and rejoining Gabby Petito just days before she vanished.
“Brian flew home to obtain some items and empty and close the storage unit to save money as [he and Petito] contemplated extending the road trip,” Bertolino said.
The attorney added: “To my knowledge, Brian and Gabby paid for the flights, as they were sharing expenses.”
Specifically, Bertolino indicated that Laundrie flew to his parent’s home in North Port, Florida on Aug. 17, and flew back to Salt Lake City, Utah on Aug. 23. His flight home happened after he and Petito’s fight on Aug. 12, which involved a police response, but no further actions.
As the Post noted, Laundrie’s flight back to Florida, after their argument, which was described as a potential domestic violence situation, suggests that the two followed the advice of police officers and separated for a short time before eventually reuniting, though it remains unclear if that’s the case.
Petito was last seen on Aug. 27 at the Merry Piglet restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. That was two days after the last time she spoke with her mother. Patrons of the restaurant reported that Laundrie engaged in an “aggressive” argument with Petito at the time.
According to WSOCTV, in another breaking twist this week, a Florida man claims he encountered Laundrie on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina, telling the media he has “no doubt” that it was Laundrie who flagged him down for directions to California.
“What he said to me at the start was he said, ‘Hey man, I’m lost.’ I asked myself a minute, could that be Brian Laundrie? And so, as soon as I got off the exit there, I pulled up on my phone and looked at a picture of him … and I’m 99.99% sure that was him,” the man reported.