A BIZARRE theory posted to Reddit speculates that Chris and Roberta Laundrie were "oblivious" to the chilling clues apparent after their son Brian split from his fiance Gabby Petito.
After Gabby's disappearance, a federal warrant for Brian's arrest was issued when investigators discovered he had swiped his fiance's Capital One debit card several times between August 30 and September 1.
But some Reddit users now wildly claim that Brian told his parents authorities were only after him due to the unauthorized card use so that he could keep them in the dark about Gabby's disappearance.
One user posted on a subreddit dedicated to discussion of the case that once Gabby went no contact and her parents started "blowing up" Brian's phone, he may have used the debit card issue as a front.
They wrote: "And I think Brian could've said the reason they were blowing up his phone so much was because he had stolen Gabby's debit card before they parted ways and he used it to pay for the road trip home, so now Gabby was trying to come after him for the money and threatening to press charges against him."
The strange theory imagines that Brian painted a picture of a "nasty split" with Gabby in the account he gave his parents, causing them to write off the frantic calls they were receiving from the Petitos as post-break up tension.
"Even though it seems questionable why Gabby's family would be getting so involved over a stolen debit card , if Brian was truly as sneaky and narcissistic as everyone has been theorizing he was, or if he was just simply good at making up stories and getting his parents to believe him, then it probably would have been relatively easy for him to convince Chris and Roberta that Gabby's parents were just extremely mad about the debit card for any number of reasons, and that they were threatening to take legal action against him, and that all of this was the result of Gabby telling her parents how nasty and bad the breakup was and exaggerating how much of the situation was Brian's fault; and other words, getting her whole family to turn against him," the user continued.
The Sun has reached out to the Laundrie family attorney for comment.
Laundrie, 23, was last seen alive on September 13 after telling his parents, Chris and Roberta, that he was going hiking in the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota Count, but failed to return home.
That search came to an end on October 20 after skeletal remains were found in Myakkahatchee Creek Park, which is adjacent to the Carlton Reserve, in Sarasota County, Florida.
Officials identified the remains as Laundrie's the following day.
Meanwhile, other online sleuths are digging into Brian's Pinterest account and think they have found clues suggesting how he wanted to die.
Some appear to have found a tattoo with the letters “DNAR” meaning “Do Not Attempt to Resuscitate” among Brian's saved pins.
A red cross covers a person who is performing chest compressions on a man.
Underneath the artwork reads the caption: “Doctor, I want to die dignifiedly.”
Others speculated that the fugitive used Gabby Petito’s water bottle to mix a cocktail of drugs before "overdosing".
Hikers discovered a Nalgene water bottle thought to match one that belonged to Gabby – days after cops found bone fragments in the Florida wilderness.
One web sleuth said: “I don’t know why people assume the water bottle is not important. Maybe it contained an overdose of drugs mixed with water as his method of death.”
Another commented: “I think it’s important to Gabby’s case as in: it was her bottle, and Brian took it, why? He knew she wouldn’t need it anymore. He knew she was dead.”
There is no evidence that Laundrie overdosed.
There has been no confirmation that the bottle found belonged to Gabby. And, there is no evidence to support allegations that Laundrie took the vlogger’s water bottle.
However, Dr. Erin Kimmerle, a forensic anthropologist based in South Florida, told The Sun last week that Laundrie may have died of a drug overdose.
"If there is soft tissue available for toxicology that could be insightful in cases of a drug overdose," she said.
"It depends on what drugs," another verified forensic psychologist answered.
"He might be pretty motivated to go home for an Adderall prescription, because like the other person said, it's a controlled drug that isn't easily transferred.
"Also, he may have been at least somewhat dependent on Adderall, increasing his motivation to go home to get it filled."
Brian and Gabby Petito had been on a cross-country road trip touring the US national parks when Gabby vanished in late August, two weeks after the couple was involved in a domestic violence dispute in Moab, Utah.
Petito's family last heard from her on August 27, receiving a text they characterized as "strange" before Gabby's phone was switched off for good.
Her body was found at a dispersed campsite near Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming, on September 19.
A coroner determined that she had been strangled to death by a "human force" some three to four weeks before she was found.
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