As authorities continue the manhunt for Brian Laundrie – and the public wildly speculates on his whereabouts – The Post has acquired property documents that reveal a series of recent home sales by the Laundrie family, as well as photos that take us inside the residence he shares with his parents.
FBI agents raided the fugitive’s bedroom in Florida on Monday, a day after Gabby Petito’s now confirmed remains were found – and the day before her death she was declared a homicide.
Authorities discovered Petito’s body on Sunday in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, where the FBI, National Parks and local law enforcement had been looking for the 22-year-old since last week. She was traveling across the country with her boyfriend Brian, 23, when she went missing there.
“Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue has confirmed the remains are those of Gabrielle Venora Petito, date of birth March 19, 1999,” the FBI Field Office in Denver announced on Twitter Tuesday. “Coroner Blue’s initial determination for the mode of death is homicide,” the agency added. “The cause of death is pending final autopsy results.”
Meanwhile, mystery swirls around Brian’s family after they fell silent on Tuesday when their legal team canceled a press conference that was scheduled to take place in the wake of the FBI swarm.
After it was officially declared a crime scene, Brian’s parents – Roberta, 55, and Chris, 62 – were seen leaving their home as investigators worked to collect and search for evidence that could help explain his sudden disappearance.
The Post acquired photos inside the family’s three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in North Port, Florida, which was purchased by the laundries in 2015 for $ 120,000. Two years later, they attempted to list the house for $ 215,000, with a price cut a month later. The laundries withdrew the house from the market soon after, in January 2018.
One of the images from the 2017 real estate ad takes us inside Brian’s alleged bedroom. A disturbing poster of dark figures with hammers and spheres violently attacking other figures can be seen resting on the two-case shelf.
Other objects seen in the room included what appears to be a gun lying next to the shelves above his bed, a Darth Vader mask, and a series of “Watchmen” books.
According to DC Comics, “Watchmen takes place in an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroes has changed history: the United States won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the Cold War is in full force. .
“It starts with a murder mystery before it turns into a planet-changing plot: When a retired hero is killed, his former teammates must investigate. The plot they uncover will interweave their secret traumas and twisted psyches, ultimately asking where is the fine line drawn between heroes and villains? ”
The rest of the house appears to be fairly standard and ordinary. Spanning three bedrooms and two bathrooms, the property occupies a modest 1,448 square feet and includes a small pool in the courtyard.
But it’s not the only house owned – or sold – by laundries recently.
Property records show they also owned a condo in Venice, Florida since 2015, which they bought for $ 99,500. They sold this property this summer for $ 144,000, after only two weeks on the market in July.
Brian’s mother Roberta can be seen in one of the listing photos.
They also bought another two-bedroom, two-bathroom North Port home in January 2020, before the pandemic hit, for $ 128,000. They sold the house over a year later on March 18, 2021 for $ 140,000.
The photos in the ad show vacant rooms with no furniture or belongings.
The Laundromats also had a home in Bayport, NY at one point, which they bought in 2008 for $ 330,000, property records show. They sold it in 2017 for $ 385,000 – the same year they attempted to sell their current home in Florida.
Brian has been missing since September 14, when he went for a hike in the 25,000-acre Carlton Reservation last week and has never returned, his family told police.
Brian went missing shortly before police named him as a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance on September 17 – two days before the possible remains of the former Long Island resident were found in the national park. from Bridger-Teton, near where his white pickup truck was spotted late last month.
Petito last contacted his family on August 30.
Brian returned home to Florida without Petito two days later on September 1, retained a lawyer and refused to cooperate with authorities.
In the disturbing final turn of events, Petito’s van was discovered in dismay over its appearance when Petito posted a YouTube video documenting their journey across the country.
The pickup truck showed some of their belongings strewn around the back of the camper van after being pulled over by police in Utah following a 911 report of a domestic incident.
A police report on the incident described Petito as the assailant – but it has since emerged that the concerned citizen who called 911 claimed to have seen a man “slap” a woman.
“We walked past and the gentleman was slapping the girl,” the caller said, according to the audio of the call that emerged on Monday.
The dispatcher replied, “He was slapping her? “
“Yes, and then we stopped. They ran down the sidewalk, he started hitting her, jumped in the car and they drove off, ”the caller replied.
On Tuesday afternoon, police revealed they were “actively” investigating camera footage of deer that captured a Brian-like hiker walking in the wild.
A man named Sam Bass told investigators he spotted the man carrying a backpack at 6:17 a.m. Monday in the town of Baker, Fla., About 500 miles from Laundrie’s home in North Port.
“I’m not saying it’s the guy but the one that was on my trail camera this morning in Baker, [Florida] fits Brian Laundrie’s description perfectly, ”Bass wrote on Facebook. “Authorities have been contacted, but residents of Northwest Florida are on the lookout. “
Petito’s distraught parents refuse to comment publicly on the case until they are reunited with their daughter.
“I would like to personally thank the press and media for giving the Petito and Schmidt family time to mourn,” lawyer Richard Stafford said in a statement. “We will make a statement when Gabby gets home.”