Sheriff ‘Butch’ Lindbloom missing for 24 hours, found dead, cops say

Brian Laundrie tells CNN’s New Day that the last he saw of his dog father, Sheriff “Butch” Lindbloom, was when he left his home in Seminole County, Florida Sunday evening. He’s since heard that…

Sheriff 'Butch' Lindbloom missing for 24 hours, found dead, cops say

Brian Laundrie tells CNN’s New Day that the last he saw of his dog father, Sheriff “Butch” Lindbloom, was when he left his home in Seminole County, Florida Sunday evening. He’s since heard that “Butch” called in a missing persons report at 4:48 p.m. — 23 minutes after he sent his last text to his cell phone. Brian says his mother, Roberta Lindbloom, discovered the missing vehicle her husband was driving and called 911 around 7:00 p.m.

“All she had to do was just a simple Google search,” he said. “She would have known what kind of car that was.”

It’s not clear if Lindbloom reported the foul play to authorities that day.

Brian Laundrie says Sheriff “Butch” Lindbloom learned Monday morning that his son, James III, was wanted on a felony charge of driving with a suspended license.

“While I was eating breakfast, my mom called and said the sheriff had come to the door and they’re looking for my dad,” he said. “They say his car was found.”

Monday afternoon, Laundrie says his parents noticed that James’ vehicle had been parked outside their home, and that they rushed over to search for him.

“We started walking up the street, up the road, and I was like, ‘Oh, look, that’s my Dad’s car. He’s not far!’”

The catch, Laundrie says, was that Deputy Bernie Huber of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office — not the agency’s missing persons unit — was searching for “Butch” as James was believed to be missing.

Laundrie says he called 911 because he was concerned about his father and the fact that there were deputies looking for someone else.

“I heard Deputy Huber starting to talk to my mom on the phone — then, all of a sudden, I heard this heavy breathing and I said ‘What in the world is he doing here?’” he said.

“It could have been an intruder or something. It could have been an animal. I mean, she should have just posted it as missing — you know what I mean?”

CNN has reached out to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office for comment.

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