Brian Laundrie’s parents allegedly left behind something important at their vacation home.
Last week, a Sunday, Bryan and Victoria Laundrie checked into a Fort De Soto Campground at about 1:40 p.m. for a getaway to celebrate their daughter’s 23rd birthday. About a half-hour later, they checked out.
But two days later, William Petito, of St. Louis, told police he and Gabby Petito, of Frederick, left a marijuana joint in their camping vehicle. They also left their 9-year-old son sleeping on the floor near the sound system.
“What makes this worse is the fact they took their 9-year-old,” Gabrielle Allen, the girl’s mother, told the Maryland Sun last week.
On Tuesday, police in Maryland announced that the Laundries may be responsible for Petito’s disappearance.
Laundrie and his wife, who turned 33 Sunday, were arrested on various charges after a report of an emotional breakdown. The Sun reported that just minutes after checking out of the Fort De Soto campground on Feb. 8, Laundrie approached police outside his home in Vienna, Va., and “shoved his head between the bars of a bar stool and began sobbing hysterically.”
Laundrie was arrested for disorderly conduct, while his wife was arrested for driving under the influence. The couple pleaded not guilty last Wednesday. A series of court dates will take place for both.
Petito has been missing since Feb. 7. Police believe he left the property alone that Sunday, according to ABC. A reward fund has been set up to help find the Frederick County man.
Petito is described as white, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5-foot-9 and weighs 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored winter jacket, gray sweatpants and light-colored tennis shoes.
The Laundries are white, with light-brown hair and blue eyes. They have two children, ages 4 and 3. Victoria Laundrie was arrested Saturday and is being held at Loudoun County jail. Brian Laundrie was arrested Monday and is also being held at Loudoun County jail.
Their next court date was set for March 12.
Petito was staying at a home owned by Brian Laundrie’s parents. Police say there is no indication that Brian Laundrie and his parents are suspects in Petito’s disappearance. They have now dropped the charges against the Laundries.
Gabrielle Allen said her son has been a Boy Scout leader since fifth grade. He had planned to go into the Air Force and is planning on seeking a medical license, she said. She described him as “humble” and “kind.”
“He’s really a great guy,” she said. “He loves his kids.”
He would pick up her son from school, take the young boy to the dentist and get him his medication. Petito takes care of her oldest son, Gabrielle Allen said.
“He really would take care of my son, even though I probably wasn’t there,” she said. “We know they love our kids.”
Anyone with information about Petito’s whereabouts is asked to call the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
They can leave an anonymous tip by calling the Frederick County Crime Solvers at 1-866-260-7273.
The Frederick News-Post