The attorney for the family of Brian Keith Laundrie, the US Navy veteran and father-of-three reported missing March 2, issued a statement Thursday afternoon on behalf of Laundrie’s family. Gwyneth Raskin, the attorney, called an unsubstantiated report published yesterday in the Daily Mail “very damaging to the Laundrie family” and “false.”
“The Laundrie family strongly objects to the media perpetuating lies,” Raskin wrote. “The family is looking for answers from [police] but has not received any. The family is not engaging in an orgy of searching for Brian, a celebrated survivalist,” her statement continued.
The Daily Mail story had alleged that Laundrie had bought a mobile phone the day of his disappearance and returned to his home in South Carolina three days later.
However, Laundrie’s wife, Veneisha “Kerry” Laundrie, had told a local news station a day after Laundrie’s disappearance that her husband had returned to his home with a head cold after his cross-country trip.
“He was on the road and just ran out of gas,” the 30-year-old told WCSC. “He has two dogs, a big dog named Boo Boo, and he really likes to play with him.” She went on to say that when Laundrie came home he “wasn’t well at all. His body temperature was low, so we took him to the hospital in the ambulance.”
The FBI has been involved in the search for Laundrie and has searched areas where he’s often used cross-country trains from one state to the next. “Because he travels quite often, it would be highly likely that he would be using the phone that was found, and there’s been several phones that we’ve recovered,” an FBI spokesman told WYFF4.
“As far as the ‘Mobile Phone’, it’s important to note that the phone was found near the plane crash scene,” the statement from the Laundrie family’s attorney concluded. “The mobile phone was found between the airplane crash site and Brian’s home. The cellphone was purchased in Tennessee less than 36 hours after his return from Texas, and was used to make new calls to friends in Georgia and North Carolina. We ask the media to respect the privacy of the Laundrie family. They are searching for answers.”
Read the full story at The Huffington Post.
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