And now, we can officially confirm that there was confusion between Brian and his mom, and it turns out the 23-year-old had left the house before September 15.
They had eyes on him… and they lost him.
According to the New York Post, North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison admitted to “human error” in the case, and that they indeed confused Brian with his mother.
“As a leader, what do I do? No, people want open transparency and honesty from their law enforcement officials.
Yes, we made a mistake. It was human error, but I still stand behind my team.”
Garrison also admitted that the confusion did not hamper the investigation, saying he actually left the house a day earlier, and could’ve already been dead.
“Now we know that, by the time we became the lead agency, Brian had already left the house and presumably had already been deceased out in the Carlton Reserve.”
This comes after several theories circulated that Laundrie’s parents could’ve been the ones who killed their son, planting his remains in the Carlton Reserve to make it look like a suicide.
Those allegations have now been refuted.
Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt Hoffman took part in the manhunt and weighed in on the case, and also agreed with Garrison:
“That guy went out there and by all accounts probably committed suicide and he was right out there where we thought he was.
There was four feet of water out there at the time.”
The Sarasota County, Florida Sheriff says Brian Laundrie “by all accounts probably committed suicide and he was right out there where we thought he was.” And the North Port Police chief says Laundrie was "presumably" already dead when they became the lead on the case. pic.twitter.com/Q5nc5Rkcea
Laundrie’s fiancée Gabby Petito was reported missing on September 11th after Laundrie returned home from their cross-country trip 10 days earlier. He body was found, strangled to death, at a campground in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.
Former FBI Agents Say The Laundries Cut A Deal
Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told CNN that they acted suspicious from the beginning, and that their behavior spans the entire gamut from simply “odd,” all the way to downright “suspicious.”
“The Laundrie family has conducted themselves in a very odd way that’s generated a lot of suspicion right from the beginning.”
So much so that, that another FBI agent thinks they made a deal with law enforcement, one that got them out of trouble.
According to Daily Mail, former FBI Agent Stuart Kaplan says the Laundries fully cooperated with law enforcement after their odd behavior and inconsistent accounts of details aroused the suspicions of police.
“There’s no doubt that Brian Laundrie’s parents are fully engaged with law enforcement.
I do believe that there was some sort of agreement where they accepted immunity in exchange for their full cooperation.
I think from the very beginning that Brian Laundrie’s parents were torn between wanting to protect their son and not wanting to cross a line that would put them in the crosshairs of law enforcement.
If you lie to a federal agent, mislead them or give them false information that can lead to prosecution for obstruction of justice and you could be looking at five years in jail. And it’s an easy trap to fall into.”
Granted, it sounds like this is just pure speculation, but there’s no doubt that the Laundries’ account of key details don’t add up. Then you add in the fact that Brian’s body and belongings were found the day the parents were allowed to search the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida, five miles from their home.
The site is also near the Carlton Nature Reserve where authorities had conducted most of their search.