Brian Laundrie left home without his phone and wallet last week before going completely off the grid, a source close to the family said – as another amateur sleuth claims she spotted the FBI fugitive at a hotel in Canada.
The source told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday that Laundrie, now the center of a nationwide manhunt after the highly publicized murder of his fiance Gabby Petito, left his parents’ home last Tuesday in a frenzied state and that they feared for their son’s safety.
The FBI would not comment on the source’s claim but Laundrie’s parents, Christopher Laundrie, 62, and wife Roberta, 55, have become the target of investigators since their son’s suspicious disappearance.
Brian Laundrie’s parents, Christopher Laundrie, 62, and wife Roberta, 55, were spotted yesterday in Orlando 150 miles from their North Port, Florida, home while being trailed by the FBI and going to meet their lawyer
An amateur sleuth snapped a photo of man she believed to be Laundrie in Canada, as he exited a Toronto hotel appearing ‘flustered’
Laundrie is wanted by police after the murder of his 22-year-old fiance Gabby Petito
Agents secretly trailed the pair as they drove 150 miles from their North Port, Florida, home to Orlando to meet with their lawyer on Thursday.
DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that undercover agents – believed to be with the FBI – followed the couple into the Orlando Public Library on Thursday.
Though it’s not clear what the pair were doing in the library, the couple did meet with lawyer Steve Bertolino in Orlando during their trip.
In a statement released last week, Bertolino revealed that Laundrie would not be speaking to investigators due to the fact that ‘intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this.’
Bertolino argued in his statement that any comments made by his client to police could be used against him, ‘regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms Petito’s disappearance.’
‘As such, on the advice of counsel Mr. Laundrie is not speaking on this matter,’ asserted the attorney.
A DailyMail.com image taken on September 13 shows the Laundrie’s camper in their driveway. Neighbors said they hooked it up to the red pickup truck in front of it for a weekend camping trip on September 11 – the day Petito was reported missing
Neighbors also said they spotted Laundrie and his parents packing an ‘attached camper’ used for their long-weekend camping trips ten days after he returned to the North Port residence without Petito, on September 11 – the day the 22-year-old girl was declared missing.
Laundrie has since vanished, after his fiance’s body was discovered by investigators last Sunday at a national park in Wyoming.
However, a flight attendant says she may have spotted Laundrie at a hotel in Toronto.
The woman, who posted a photo of a man bearing an incredible resemblance to the suspect Wednesday, described the man she saw as ‘flustered’ as he walked out of the Toronto establishment, according to The Sun.
Struck by the man’s likeness to Laundrie, whose face has been plastered all over the news since Petito’s disappearance, the flight attendant decided not to approach the man, but instead snap a picture of him from a distance.
She says she then witnessed him get in a car outside the hotel and drive off with another man.
The woman immediately notified hotel staff of the encounter, who reportedly told her that the man ‘didn’t know where he was going’ and that ‘he had the wrong hotel.’
The incident in question took place Monday.
Laundrie was named a person of interest in his fiance Petito’s homicide death Tuesday, and a warrant was issued for his arrest by the FBI on Wednesday
The flight attendant then shared the photo – which depicts a balding man with prominent facial hair and face mask around his chin – to TikTok Wednesday, alongside a photo of Laundrie, using the handle @cwlynn.
‘I’m not sure if this looks like him or if I just fell too far down the rabbit hole,’ the woman says in the post.
‘You can see the dip in his moustache,’ she says, comparing the two images, ‘and the ears are bent down [in her photo], but my ears bend down when I wear a face mask.’
Laundrie was named a person of interest in Petito’s homicide death Tuesday, and a warrant was issued for his arrest by the FBI after he fraudulently used a Capitol One Bank debit card that was not his following Petito’s death.
The warrant states that Laundrie wanted for ‘use of unauthorized access device’ related to activities between August 30 and September 1, and that he used the card to obtain items totaling $1,000 or more.
The statement was unsealed Thursday by the Bureau’s Denver desk, and declares: ‘While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide.
‘We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.’
Petito last spoke to her family on August 25 from Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming. She had been traveling with Laundrie in the couple’s camper van since July, and the two were meant to return home in October.
Laundrie, however, traveled back to his family’s North Port, Florida home on September 1 without Gabby, and refused to speak to authorities about her disappearance.
The case surrounding Long Island native Petito has captivated social media in the last week and has grabbed headlines across the world death – has been ruled a homicide.
Authorities are continuing to search for Laundrie, who was last seen by his parents and his attorney last week, and are curently combing the nearby alligator-infested Carlton Reserve where his silver Mustang was discovered abandoned.
The Carlton Reserve has been the focus of a search for Laundrie since his car was found at the site on Sunday
Search teams are pictured on Wednesday heading into the Carlton Reserve in Florida
The pair had been travelling on a cross-country trip together since July 2, when they left New York. Petito was reported missing on September 11
Parents of missing Laundrie are shadowed by undercover agents as they break cover and drive 150 miles to Orlando to meet attorney
–Christopher Laundrie, 62, and wife Roberta, 55, were spotted in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, hours after breaking cover and leaving their North Port home
-The couple drove 150 miles to Orlando to meet attorney Steve Bertolino and to stop at a library, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed
-Undercover agents – believed to be the FBI – followed the Laundries inside and hovered in the aisles as they kept their eyes on them
-The pair waited inside the library for around 30 minutes, not stopping to look at a single book or display, before hopping back into their red Dodge Ram truck
-The couple stopped by another building for an hour before driving back home, tailed the entire way by the same convoy of unmarked law enforcement vehicles
-Earlier on Thursday, the Laundries were seen returning to their home after a trip to the police station in North Port
-Meanwhile, Brian Laundrie’s silver Mustang was returned by a tow truck crew after being seized by FBI agents on Monday
-The vehicle was impounded after it was found abandoned last week at the nearby Carlton nature reserve