Brian Laundrie’s Parents Knew Gun Was Missing When He Disappeared

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Damir Mujezinovic

When 22-year-old Long Island native Gabby Petito was reported missing, her boyfriend Brian Laundrie simply vanished from his North Port, Florida home.

And when Laundrie's parents, Chris and Roberta, informed the authorities their son was gone, they voluntarily surrendered their firearms to law enforcement.

But, as it turns out, they did not surrender all of their weapons: One handgun was actually missing, but this information was not shared with the American public.

This was most likely the gun Brian used to take his own life.

More information below.

Missing Gun

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said in a new interview that the public was kept in the dark because of the "frenzied atmosphere" at the time.

The FBI and North Port, Florida, police knew the gun was missing, but agreed with the Laundrie family that "it was best for that information to not be public," Berolino told CNN.

"Imagine, with the frenzied atmosphere at the time, if the public thought Brian had a gun. I cannot speak to why (law enforcement) did not reveal the info but we spoke about it at the time and I believe they felt as I did."

Withholding Information

But was it a mistake to withhold this information from the public?

TMZ described the decision as "puzzling," noting that the public should have been warned that Laundrie was armed and potentially dangerous, especially since volunteers participated in the search effort.

"If there was well-placed suspicion Brian Laundrie had a gun, why wasn't a warning sent out that he might be armed and dangerous? After all, he was missing for weeks and he could have been on the run," the outlet wrote.

No Charges

Petito's death was ruled a homicide by manual strangulation, but no one has been charged in connection with her death.

Laundrie was considered a "person of interest" in the case, but he only faced charges for allegedly using two bank accounts that belonged to someone else in the days following his girlfriend's death.

Though the Florida District Twelve medical examiner's office confirmed Laundrie died of suicide, it also said his full autopsy report will not be made public "until the law enforcement investigation is complete."

Will Laundrie's Parents Face Charges?

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Richard Stafford, an attorney for the Petito family, made waves last week when he said in a statement that the United States Attorney’s Office might file charges against "additional individuals."

According to legal experts, Stafford could have been referring to Laundrie's parents.

"Their son returned without his fiancée, and they didn’t report Gabby missing. If they helped Brian escape law enforcement by giving him a head start, they can be charged with being accessories after the fact to murder," former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani explained.