Brian Laundrie’s parents, Christopher and Roberta, left their home Sunday for the first time since police told them their son was dead in a Florida swamp.
The couple dashed out to their red Dodge Ram pick-up truck at 9.50am after holing up inside their house for four days.
Christopher, in a gray t-shirt and dark shorts, quickly got in the driver’s side of the truck while Roberta, in blue cut-off jeans and carrying a large green bag, hopped in the other side. It was not known there the couple were heading.
The father, 62, reversed quickly and drove to the center of North Port. He was followed by a news crew before stopping and talking to them.
He told them: ‘Please let me grieve with my family.’
The Laundries are not planning to hold a funeral for their son, according to Fox News, citing the family’s lawyer Steve Bertolino.
Brian’s remains will be cremated and given to his parents ‘when the time comes,’ he said.
Brian Laundrie ’s parents, Christopher and Roberta, left their home Sunday for the first time since police told them their son was dead in a Florida swamp
The couple dashed out to their red Dodge Ram pick-up truck at 9.50am after holing up inside their house for four days
Brian Laundrie’s (pictured) remains will be cremated and given to his parents ‘when the time comes’
Christopher has emerged from the couple’s home only infrequently since two police officers arrived on Thursday to confirm bones found in the alligator-infested Carlton Reserve were the remains of his fugitive son, Brian Laundrie.
He pounded in ‘no trespassing signs’ into his lawn on Saturday near the shrine mourners have created on his lawn to murdered Gabby Petito, 22.
Fiancé Brian, 23, remains the only person of interest in her killing.
Christopher has also periodically come out to pick up the large number of floral arrangements delivered to their front door.
His and Roberta’s last outing was to the Carlton Reserve on Wednesday when they suddenly decided to look for their son in the 25,000-acre swampland reserve.
They met two law enforcement officers at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park shortly after 7am and they headed across a bridge into the reserve to follow a trail that Brian liked to take.
It is believed this route had been previously flooded but was now accessible. Within a short time, wanted Brian’s backpack, another bag, a notebook and then his remains were discovered near the track.
Dailymail.com has exclusively revealed the location of the bones and other items, just off a trail called ‘Live Long’.
A man dressed in a black-collared shirt donning the logo of North Port-based Port Charlotte Florist pulled up in a white van and carried a bouquet of white roses to the Laundries’ front door
Brian Laundrie’s father Christopher, 62, was spotted outside of his North Port, Florida, home on Saturday morning hammering a ‘no trespassing’ sign into the grass of his front lawn
He placed one sign near his mailbox and another just above a growing memorial of Gabby Petito at the bottom of their front lawn
Mourners have created a shrine to murdered Gabby Petito on the Laundrie family’s lawn
Steve Bertolino, the Laundrie family lawyer, described what happened: ‘As they went further in, Chris ventured off the trail into the woods.
‘He was zigzagging in different areas, law enforcement was doing the same thing. And Roberta Laundrie was walking down the trail.
‘At some point, Chris locates what’s called a dry bag. The dry bag is a white bag, laying in the woods, say 20 feet or so off the trail.’
Bertolino continued: ‘Law enforcement… looked at the contents of the bag. At that time, officers showed him a picture on the phone of a backpack that law enforcement had located also nearby and also some distance off the trail.
‘At that point, the Laundries were notified there was also remains near the backpack, and they were asked to leave the preserve’.
The notebook ‘could be salvageable’ a source told CNN. They added: ‘It had clearly been wet and they are going to use any potential means to dry that out before opening it. They will be very careful with it.’
An autopsy by the medical examiner in Sarasota has failed to determine how Laundrie died and his bones have been sent to an anthropologist for further examination, Bertolino told Dailymail.com.
This is the desolate swampland scene dotted with orange FBI marker paint in Florida where fugitive Brian Laundrie’s bones were discovered, DailyMail.com confirmed on Saturday
The scene is just 700 yards from the entrance to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and still has the orange and lime green marker flags placed by the FBI
The orange marker is possibly where Laundrie’s bag and a crucial notebook were discovered. A lime green flag signifies where Laundrie’s remains and belongings were possibly found
The sudden discovery inside the reserve – described as ‘like Jurassic Park’ by one search and rescue expert – came after a massive hunt for Laundrie began there on September 17.
More than 50 law enforcement officers, many in tactical gear and wielding rifles, had combed the treacherous swamp in huge all-terrain vehicles – while drones using infra-red technology covered areas they could not tackle due to flood water.
For weeks is appeared there was absolutely no evidence of him being there.
North Port police said they did cover the area where Laundrie was found, but in airboats.
It is not known how long Laundrie was in the reserve before he died. He fled there on September 13, two days after police arrived at the home he shared with his parents to speak with him over Gabby’s disappearance.
His parents refused to let police talk to their son – and North Port Police have told Dailymail.com that officers did not actually see Laundrie that night.
He had arrived back alone in North Port on September 1 from a road trip to Utah and Wyoming with Gabby in her white 2012 Ford Transit van.
Gabby’s body was found on September 19 in a lonely spot in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. She had been strangled.
Confirmation that Laundrie was dead was issued by the FBI on Thursday.
Minutes before the news broke, two North Port police officers arrived at the Laundrie home to tell his parents.
His father opened the door after the solemn officers knocked twice – and Dailymail.com photos show his stunned face as he confronted the reality of his son’s death.
The shrine on the Laundrie’s lawn dedicated to the 22-year-old van-life girl has been growing in recent days.
Gabby’s heartbroken family have only recently been able to collect their murdered daughter’s remains. Mom Nichole Schmidt, stepdad Jim Schmidt, dad Joe Petito and stepmom Tara made the devastating trip to a funeral home in Jackson, Wyoming, last week.
Gabby’s parents pleaded for Laundrie to come forward while he was missing, with the discovery of his body sparking fears they’ll never discover why their daughter was strangled
The remote site where the blogger’s body was discovered on September 19 has become a shrine to Petito, complete with a stone cross dotted with flowers
It was only a few days after Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue announced Gabby had been manually strangled before being dumped close to a remote campsite in Grand Teton National Park.
The remote site where the blogger’s body was discovered has become a shrine to Petito, complete with a stone cross dotted with flowers.
Dr. Blue refused to provide additional details about the autopsy’s findings including: if her body was buried, whether any drugs were found in her system and whether she was killed in the same spot her body was found.
The three-to-four weeks her body was believed to be in the wilderness, however, put her death around the August 27-30 period investigators believe Petito and Laundrie had traveled to the area.
Only this week, Gabby’s mom had said she wanted ‘coward’ Laundrie to spend the rest of his life ‘in a cell’.
Nichole, who reported Gabby missing on September 11 after losing contact with her, said she thought her daughter would be safe with Brian on their trip.
But her view has since changed, branding him a cold-blooded killer who was being protected by his parents who had refused to talk to her.
‘Silence speaks volumes,’ she told 60 Minutes Australia.
Of the parents, she said: ‘I believe they know most of the information. I would love to just face to face ask, “Why are you doing this? Just tell me the truth.”
‘He’s a coward. I don’t want to say he’s insane because he went home, he’s hiding, he used her credit card. That’s not somebody who’s gone crazy.
‘He knows what he is doing, he knew what he was doing. I just want to get him in a cell for the rest of his life.’
Her husband, Jim, added: ‘We want vengeance. And justice.’
‘I hope she didn’t suffer and that she wasn’t in any pain,’ added Nichole.
‘That she was in a place she wanted to be, looking at the beautiful mountains. This was evil. She was taken at somebody else’s hand. It’s not fair.’