BRIAN Laundrie’s parents behavior and silence since he disappeared more than a month ago has sparked fury.
Christopher and Roberta Laundrie have refused to speak to the media or comment on the situation publicly and have only been issuing statements through lawyers.
Protesters have been camped outside the Laundries’ home in North Port, Florida, aiming to ply pressure on the duo to break their silence.
Duane Chapman, better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, is convinced the 23-year-old asked for his parents' help but nothing has been confirmed.
The elusive behavior of the Laundrie family has garnered much criticism. Here The Sun examines some of that behavior that has courted criticism.
Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, the parents of Gabby Petito spoke about the Laundries during an interview with Dr. Phil.
"A normal parent, when you text someone that 'you're gonna call the cops cause you can't find your child' they would reply," said Mr. Petito. "No response. No nothing."
"Somebody needs to start talking," said Mrs. Schmidt. "I do believe [his parents] know a lot more information than they're putting out there."
CALLING THE COPS ON DOG
Chapman joined the search for Laundrie on September 25, less than ten days after he was reported missing by his family.
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He visited the Laundries' home in Florida and subsequently had the cops called on him.
Chapman called it a "shame" that they’d rather call the cops that open the door to him but people on social media were much more critical.
One user tweeted: “Laundrie's mother called 911 on ‘Dog’ the bounty hunter but waited DAYS to call 911 about her missing son.”
LATE-NIGHT MAIL RUNS
Due to the constant media circus, the Laundries have turned to collecting their mail at night to avoid cameras and reporters.
Footage from Fox News has shown Chris sneaking out in the dead of the night to grab their mail as he ignores a reporter’s questions.
Ex-fugitive, Seth Ferranti believes that Laundrie could be writing letters to his family and using "code words" to evade authorities.
“It is a way to keep up communication and let his parents know he is ok,” said Ferranti who was on the run for two years between 1991 and 1993.
HELPING BUY BURNER PHONE?
Reports of a Laundrie purchasing a burner phone the day he went missing were investigated by the FBI.
A source told TMZ that Brian purchased a phone at the AT&T store on September 14 with an “older woman.”
Internet theorists believe that Mrs. Laundrie may be contacting her son using a burner phone as well. However, the FBI declined to comment on the accusation.
The family's lawyer, Steven Bertolino said the FBI is already in possession of Laundrie's personal cell.
MOWING THE LAWN
Despite their son’s disappearance, the Laundries have continued to engage in normal day-to-day activities as the search drags on.
On several occasions, Mrs. Laundrie has seen tending to the garden outside the couple’s home in North Port, Florida.
Chris also drew scrutiny when he was photographed laughing with law enforcement at the site of a search for his son.
COMMUNICATING WITH LAUNDRIE THROUGH A LAWYER?
Former FBI agent, Jennifer Coffindaffer touched on the common belief that Laundrie is still communicating with his parents.
When quizzed by NewsNationNow journalist Brian Entin about the matter, Coffindaffer argued that Laundrie is speaking with his parents "very loosely through the attorney.”
The agent thinks cops will find Laundrie alive but doesn’t think it will be soon.
She said: “I believe he's going to be able to hide in his surroundings. I think he's a learned outdoorsman and survivalist and because of that I think he will be able to stay out of law enforcement's grasp for a while."
TAKING DOWN THE SIGN
A sign referring to Mr. Laundrie's daughter reading "What if it was Cassie?" was place on the front lawn of the family's home.
Video showed Mr. Laundrie removing the sign on Saturday, October 16.
The day before, Mr. Laundrie was seen installing a possible doorbell camera on the front door as the FBI and law enforcement officials continued to search for his son.
Laundrie has yet to be named a suspect.
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