North Port Police Public Information Officer Josh Taylor spoke to CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” when police entered the North Port home where Brian Laundry and his parents live, and said told investigators “Speaking with the family, we are not currently speaking with Brian.”
A physical search is underway in Wyoming for Gabby Pettito, a 22-year-old woman reported missing in Florida, whom her family last heard about more than three weeks ago after embarking on a journey through the country with her boyfriend, Brian Laundry.
Police described Brian as the only person interested in investigating the case.
Taylor said he “didn’t believe” Bryan was home when officers spoke to his family.
Taylor confirmed that the Laundry family, through their lawyer, called the police to come to their residence and speak to them.
“Obviously it’s important for us to talk with the family, but that’s the other part,” Taylor said. “I hope they help us get to Gabby, our goal is clearly to get her home.”
Petito’s stepfather Jim Schmidt told “The News with Shepard Smith” that “it’s really hard to understand” why Brian hasn’t spoken to authorities.
“It’s incredibly frustrating, incredibly frustrating, and we just want them to speak out and help us, that’s all we ask,” Schmidt said in the interview on Friday night. . “They are not speaking, so our arguments are now public, and in fact we hope, finally, that those arguments will be answered, and we will get information.”
Schmidt flew to Wyoming to help with the search effort.
The FBI is leading the search and has focused on the area of Grand Teton National Park, where his family said he was last seen. One area of interest includes Jenny Lake, where a witness said she and her husband parked Pettito’s van at 5 p.m. on August 25.
Schmidt elaborated on the “complicated” research effort in Wyoming.
“There are many jurisdictions involved, one thing we have learned in this area, between the vast area here, between local service, county, national parks, many agencies in conjunction with the FBI as well as Florida. working with, initially, agencies in New York as well, ”Schmidt said.
A national hotline accepts suggestions for providing information about Pettito’s location: 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).