The family’s lawyer says Brian Laundry’s father is expected to go into hiding and engage in a massive search operation for his runaway son.
According to attorney Steven Bertolino, on Wednesday law enforcement requested Chris Laundry’s help — and the father happily consented, although he was not part of the day’s search.
It was not immediately clear when the father would begin helping.
The North Port Police Department vehemently refused to request Chris Laundry’s assistance, but Bertolino is adamant that “law enforcement” wants the family’s help and suggested that it may be the FBI who requested it.
The FBI did not immediately return a request for comment.
Brian’s parents believe their son is somewhere within the sprawling 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida. He reportedly left for hiking there on September 13 and never returned to his parents’ nearby North Port home.
“Since the preserve has been closed to the public, Chris has not been able to locate Brian only where Chris and Roberta believe Brian may be,” Bertolino said in a statement to The Post.
Brian’s parents have kept a low profile by hiding inside their home since their son’s disappearance.
According to Bertolino, it would be pointless for Laundry’s parents to issue a public appeal for their son to turn himself in because they believe he is isolated in the remote wilderness.
“Parents don’t believe he’s watching the news in any way, shape or form,” Bertolino said.
“They believe that if he is left protected then he is in a protected or some other kind of wilderness area. So making a public plea and getting him examined is not necessarily in his interest,” the lawyer said.
Bertolino also revealed Wednesday that Laundry’s parents Chris, 62, and Roberta, 55, spent four to five hours searching for their son on September 13, four days before their son was reported missing.
It comes a day after laundry parents changed their story when they saw their son for the last time, claiming he was last seen hiking home on Monday, September 13, not Tuesday, September 14. as he had initially claimed.
Brian, 23, is the only person interested in the disappearance of his 22-year-old girlfriend, Gabby Pettito.
He had returned home early on September 1 from the couple’s cross-country trip without Petito. Federal officials in Wyoming issued an arrest warrant on September 23 for allegedly fraudulently using Pettito’s debit card for laundry.
Pettito was reported missing on September 11, and his body was found on September 19 at a remote campsite in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, with a coroner later declaring his death a homicide.