Petito has been missing for almost a month: Haar ma, Nicole schmidt, laas berig dat sy met haar dogter op Aug. 25, en die gesin 'n Vermiste persoon se verslag ingedien op Sept.. 11. Police named Brian Laundrie, Petito se verloofde, a person of interest this week as the search for Petito intensified.
Police entered Laundrie’s home Friday night, at which point Laundrie’s parents told officers they had not seen their son since Tuesday.
Williams, an attorney and former detective in Washington, D.C., told Fox News that the police likely know more than they are saying if they entered the home.
“Law enforcement knows a great deal more than they’re letting on about Gabby and her going missing at this stage,” Williams gesê. “I suspect law enforcement suspect there is foul play afoot here, so they’re trying to keep a close eye on Brian at this stage.”
Since Laundrie is a person of interest, the police would not – and could not – restrict his movements. Williams noted that even if Laundrie was a suspect, the police could not necessarily restrict his movements.
Normaalweg, the police would need to speak to Laundrie’s lawyer for permission to see or speak with him, but once officers obtain a warrant they can act as needed without consultation.
“It is more likely than not that they’ve gotten a search warrant to search that home,” Williams verduidelik. “If someone who is in charge at home voluntarily let them in, then they can conduct a search. It is more likely than not that the authorities got a search warrant and are searching that home.”
“They do not under any circumstances, once they get a warrant, need to talk to Brian’s lawyer,” Williams stressed.
Police initially entered the home at 6:20 nm. Friday with what appeared to be an evidence envelope and returned two hours later with a bag. Authorities left the property just before 9 nm.
Police have continued to stress that Laundrie is not a suspect.
“Dit is belangrik om daarop te let dat terwyl Brian 'n belangstellende persoon is in die verdwyning van Gabby, hy word nie gesoek vir 'n misdaad nie,” Die Noord -hawe -polisie het Vrydag in die verklaring gesê. Dit het bygevoeg dat die ondersoek nou 'n “veelvoudige vermiste persoon” saak.
Egter, Petito’s family has insisted that Laundrie is not missing, but is in fact ‘hiding.’
“All of Gabby’s family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing,” the law office of Richard B. Stafford, attorney for the Petito and Schmidt families, in 'n verklaring gesê.
Williams speculated that Laundrie could have gone to lay low at a friend’s home, given the intense media and public attention on the case and presence outside his parents’ home.