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Family attorney reveals Brian Laundrie’s parents knew gun was missing when he disappeared

Randy Mancini 15 November 28, 2021
This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. The couple was pulled over while they were having an emotional fight. Petito was reported missing by her family a month later and is now the subject of a nationwide search. (The Moab Police Department via AP)

This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. (The Moab Police Department via AP)

The attorney for Brian Laundrie’s family revealed his parents knew about a missing handgun the day they reported his disappearance.

The family’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, recently revealed law enforcement involved with the investigation agreed it was best for the information to remain private and not made available to the public. Due to the investigation being so public, officials said things would have been worse if the public knew Laundrie had a gun.

#BrianLaundrie’s parents were aware a gun was missing, according to the family’s attorney https://t.co/Vei6IobOV4

— Shannon Clowe (@ShannonCwtsp) November 27, 2021

This comes after a recent autopsy report showed Laundrie died by suicide, specifically from a gunshot wound to the head. Some sources said the parents could possibly face charges despite police having knowledge of the information.

“I think the Laundries have possible culpability under 18 U.S.C. 3, which is accessory after the fact, and possibly 18 U.S.C. 1519, which is obstruction in terms of, if they tampered with any evidence after that crime was committed,” said retired FBI agent, Jennifer Coffindaffer.

Bertolino announced when Laundrie was first reported missing, his parents turned over all of their guns, however, one was missing from their collection.

One forensic scientist, Larry Koblinsky, also suggested Laundrie’s family could be held accountable.

“Somebody may have been helping him, most likely the parents, or it could have been somebody else that we don’t even know about,” said Koblinksy. “But again, the likelihood is that [Brian Laundrie] didn’t do this alone. He may have had assistance. And whoever did help him can be penalized, can suffer legal consequences for aiding and abetting his escape.”

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