Brian Laundrie now missing as search continues for fiancée Gabby Petito

'The FBI is currently looking for both Gabby and Brian,' says attorney
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Posted at 11:53 PM, Sep 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-18 11:25:45-04

NORTH PORT, Fla. — The man who has been identified as a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancée, 22-year-old Gabrielle Petito, is now missing, according to his family attorney.

Dozens of protesters crowded the front of Brian Laundrie’s home Friday, asking for answers regarding Petito's disappearance.

Petito has not been heard from since she spoke to her mother on Aug. 25 after a trip with Laundrie, across the western United States.

Laundrie has refused to cooperate with authorities since returning to his home in North Port without Petito on Sept. 1, prompting her family to report her missing on Sept. 11.

Shortly into the protest, North Port Police with the FBI went into the Laundrie home at the request of Brian Laundrie’s parents, who had still never previously spoken with law enforcement.

Brian Laundrie’s attorney confirmed the FBI was at the home to collect evidence to try to determine where Brian Laundrie might be.

Protesters did not know whether Brian Laundrie was inside the home or not throughout the protest. There had been little to no activity seen at the home for days.

They wanted to pressure anyone from the Laundrie family to speak to investigators.

“Especially my parents you know they’re very overprotective of me and I can’t imagine this happening to me and I know they would want answers and I’m sure if the shoe was on the other foot they would want answers for where he was,” said Selina Oyala, a nearby North Port resident.

WPTV watched officers coming in and out of the home, bringing inside brown evidence bags, and searching through a silver mustang in the driveway.

It’s still unclear if Laundrie’s parents disclosed anything to investigators related to Gabby, or if the conversation was focused solely on finding Brian.

The attorney for the Laundrie family, Steven Bertolino, said in a statement that Brian's whereabouts are "currently unknown" and that the FBI is "looking for both Gabby and Brian."

“Be advised that the whereabouts of Brian Laundrie are currently unknown. The FBI is currently at the Laundrie residence removing property to assist in locating Brian. As of now the FBI is now looking for both Gabby and Brian.”

North Port police said Friday the family now claims they have not seen Brian since Tuesday of this week.

On Saturday, authorities were searching the Carlton Reserve for Brian. His family said he entered the area earlier this week.

Police also released a flier with information about Brian's disappearance and his description.