Attorney: Brian Laudrie's sister saw him twice since his return to Florida on Sept. 1

It has been two weeks since Brian Laundrie was first reported missing, and questions remain about how much his family knows about his disappearance and how truthful they are being.

News 12 Staff

Oct 2, 2021, 2:20 AM

Updated 928 days ago

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It has been two weeks since Brian Laundrie was first reported missing, and questions remain about how much his family knows about his disappearance and how truthful they are being.
New information has put Laundrie's older sister, Cassie Laundrie, back into the spotlight.
Right before Brian Laundrie was reported missing, his sister said in a national television interview that she had not spoken with him.
Cassie Laundrie is the only member of the family to have spoken out.
"I haven't been able to talk to him. Wish I could talk to him," Cassie Laundrie said during the interview on Sept. 17, the same day her brother was reported missing.
But on Friday, Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said she saw Brian Laundrie twice after he suddenly came home Sept. 1 without his fiancée. Bertolino wrote, "Cassie saw her brother Brian on September 01 when he stopped by her home and again on September 6 at Fort De Soto Park."
The park is the campground where the Laundries stayed, and where reality TV star Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman has been searching for Brian Laundrie.
"The Laundrie family needs to come clean," said Ralph Cilento, of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Cilento said he believes Laundrie's relatives helped him escape after his parents waited three days before reporting him missing.
"I'm sure the investigators are deeply into his sister and his parents," Cilento added. "It's clear that they absolutely cannot be trusted."
Meanwhile, News 12 has obtained an incident report from North Port Florida police which said officers visited the Laundrie home for the first time at 8:28 p.m. on Sept. 11, the day Petito was reported missing to Suffolk police after her family said police in Florida were not helpful.
The reason for the visit was to "assist other agency."
The two-week-old search for Brian Laundrie is still active at the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve.
When asked if they will stay through the weekend, North Port police spokesperson Joshua Taylor wrote, "That's a question for the FBI. We go when and where asked."
Bertolino says that allegations that the Laundrie family helped him escape are not true. He claims Roberta and Chris Laundrie do not know where their son is and that they are concerned about his well-being.
Bertolino also told News 12 that Cassie Laundrie misunderstood the question when she previously said she had not spoken to her brother.


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