BRIAN Laundrie could be hiding out in a nearby city where his parents sold a condo just weeks before Gabby Petito was last seen alive, a local private investigator claims.
Chris and Roberta Laundrie owned a two-bedroom condo in Venice, Florida, only 18 miles from their family home in North Port.
According to records, the couple purchased the home in 2015 for $99,500.
They placed it on the market this summer while Laundrie was already on his cross-country trip with fiancée Gabby.
The condo was reportedly sold after only two weeks on the market on July 30 for $144,000.
It is unclear who lived in the home while it was owned by the Laundrie family.
It is also unclear if the unit is currently occupied after the sale or if it is vacant.
On Thursday, the manhunt for Laundrie continued in the Venice side of the Carlton Reserve, according to NewsNation.
His parents claim he went for a hike in the area on September 13 but did not return.
It was two days after Gabby’s family first reported her missing and two weeks since he returned to Florida alone in her van.
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The family did not report him missing until September 17 and Gabby’s remains were found in Wyoming two days later.
The Laundrie family’s story has been criticized after they changed their initial timeline which claimed they last saw him on September 14, and after it was revealed they drove home the Mustang he reportedly used to get to the Carlton Reserve.
It was also later reported that this car was found 16 miles from the reserve where they claimed Laundrie went hiking.
It was instead found at 6968 Reisterstown Road in the Myakkahatchee Environmental Park.
This location is also about 18 miles from the condo in Venice on the opposite side of the park.
However, private investigator Bill Warner believes that Laundrie may have headed in the Venice direction and even alleged that the fugitive fiancé could have a key to the condo.
Maps show a wooded area behind the building.
MONTH ON THE RUN
“Brian will go even deeper underground,” Warner claimed after it was revealed on Tuesday that Gabby was strangled to death.
He has not been named as a suspect but is a person of interest.
“I really think he is in the Venice, Florida, area. The father had a condo he sold on July 30 while Brian was on the road,” Warner told The Sun.
“Brian could have a key or hide in that area as he knows the area and is comfortable in that area.”
Warner also referenced pictures of the condo as shown on its realtor.com page which he claims shows evidence that Laundrie was there.
One of the pictures appears to show Roberta Laundrie standing in a hallway.
“The man's racing bike in the condo in Venice unit that Chris Laundrie sold on 7/30/2021 is a young man's bike,” he claimed.
“The old dated condo furniture does not fit with the bike. Also, this is a 2nd-floor walk-up unit.
“The bike's owner would have to carry the bike up and down the stairs, not an older person's bike.
“Brian Laundrie is known to ride a bike,” he added.
“Somebody is financing and sheltering Brian's 30 days on the run, not him, he was broke when he came back from Wyoming on Sept 1st, 2021, he had to use Gabby Petito debit card to pay for trip back.”
The FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie’s arrest on September 24 for misuse of a bank card that wasn’t his own.
Gabby’s family revealed that the card belonged to her.
Warner’s latest claims follow a string of reported sightings of Laundrie across the country.
A K9 unit was brought into the Carlton Reserve on Thursday two days after Gabby’s cause of death was revealed as “manual strangulation.”
Moments after the autopsy results were revealed, Dave Aronberg, State Attorney for Palm Beach County, tweeted: “Gabby Petito’s death was previously ruled a homicide.
“Today we learned that the cause of death was strangulation. This most likely means that murder charges are imminent.”
The attorney told WPTV Tuesday: “We’re moving towards filing charges but prosecutors are in no rush to file charges because once you file those charges, you have speedy trial rules and you have to try the case within 180 days.
“Prosecutors are going to make sure they have enough evidence before they file charges.”
The Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino had no comment when approached by The Sun about his claims.
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