A PETITION is calling for an investigation into the North Port Police for their handling of the Gabby Petito-Brian Laundrie case.
Launched one month ago, the petition already has nearly 5,000 signatures.
Brian Laundrie in Moab police body cam footage on August 12[/caption]
Started by Gabby’s Safe Haven 2.0, the petition intends to reach Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The description reads: “I would like to request a formal internal investigation into the missing person and person of interest in Gabby Petito’s death, Brian Laundrie’s case.
“Specifically the handling of the case by the North Port Police Department, City of North Port Public Information Officer Josh Taylor, and North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison.
“The inconsistencies that the public has received in this case is beyond baffling, even before Gabby Petito was officially reported missing.
“The North Port Police Department has been incompetent in their handling of both Gabby Petito’s missing person case as well as the Brian Laundrie’s missing person case.
“Millions of taxpayers’ money was spent on this investigation over a month’s time with little to no results.
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“Within a day of the search area being opened back up to the public, the person of interest’s parents were the ones to discover belongings of that of their son.
“Handling of evidence and chain of custody is highly suspicious,” it claims.
“Even after the remains of Brian Laundrie were discovered and confirmed, the search area was reopened to the public once again within 24 hours of discovery.
“The whole investigation is a showing of the complete incompetence of the North Port Police Department and should thoroughly be internally investigated.
As for the group organizing the petition, Gabby’s Safe Haven 2.0 has a private Facebook group with nearly 700 members.
One of the group rules reads in part: “We are all here for one reason only, justice for Gabby.”
According to the group’s Change.org profile, their mission is “To help those that have been or are going through domestic violence situations.”
Laundrie, 23, and his 22-year-old fiancé, Petito, were on a road trip when she mysteriously disappeared, resulting in the case gaining national attention.
Her body was found in Wyoming on September 19, after Laundrie retired home to Florida alone on September 1.
Her death was ruled a homicide by strangulation.
Laundrie’s body was also found in a Florida park last month.
It was confirmed on November 23 that Laundrie died by suicide by a gunshot wound to the head.
It remains unclear what could happen next in the case, as there are some reports that Laundrie’s parents could face evidence tampering charges.
The Laundries knew a gun was missing from their collection when their son went missing, according to reports.
While Laundrie wasn’t charged, nor was he publicly named a suspect regarding Petito’s death, he was the sole person of interest in the case.
Florida cops searching for Brian Laundrie[/caption]
Brian Laundrie timeline
Brian Laundrie has not been seen since the morning of September 13. Here is a timeline of Laundrie's latest whereabouts:
- July 2021: Brian Laundrie and his fiancé Gabby Petito leave for a grip across the country. The couple visit numerous national parks across the way.
- August 12: Police in Utah respond to an incident involving the couple. The bodycam footage is not released for another month but it shows a visibly upset Gabby talking to police after reports of a domestic violence incident outside a grocery store.
- August 24: Gabby is seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Laundrie.
- September 1: Laundrie returns to his home in North Port, Florida without Gabby.
- September 6: Laundrie joins his family on a camping trip about 75 miles from their home in North Port.
- September 11: Gabby’s family reports her missing.
- September 13: Laundrie leaves home to go hiking in Carlton Reserve, Florida. His family had initially said he departed on September 14, but revised their timeline weeks later.
- September 15: Laundrie is named a person of interest in the case of Gabby.
- September 16: Bodycam footage is released regarding the incident between Gabby and Laundrie.
- September 19: The FBI announces a body found at a Wyoming national park is believed to be that of Gabby’s.
- September 23: The FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie’s arrest claiming he “used unauthorized debit cards after Gabby Petito’s death.”
- September 26: A funeral is held for Gabby in New York.
- September 27: Dog the Bounty Hunter announces he will lend a hand and help search for Laundrie.
- September 28: Gabby’s family held an emotional press conference as the search for Laundrie continued.
- October 5: Laundrie’s sister, Cassie, appeared on Good Morning America and urged her brother to come forward.
- October 7: Laundrie’s father, Chris Laundrie, assisted law enforcement in the search to find his son.
- October 12: Gabby’s autopsy results were made public. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation.
- October 20: Laundrie’s personal items were found near the Myakkahatchee Creek Park trail in Florida. The medical examiner was called to the scene to investigate.
- October 21: Reports stated the human remains found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park were bones.
- October 21: The FBI confirmed the remains found have been identified as Laundrie’s.
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