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Brian Laundrie’s neighbors cash in by charging media $3,500 a WEEK to camp out in their yards


Brian Laundrie’s neighbors are cashing in on sensational case by charging media $3,500 a WEEK to camp out in their yards

  • Hunt for Brian Laundrie is now in its third week with no sign of the 23-year-old
  • Enterprising neighbors are reportedly charging media crews to rent their yards
  • CBS, ABC and Fox have all reportedly paid to be by the Laundrie family’s home 
  • TMZ said the locals in North Port, Florida, are cashing in on the tragedy
  • Police have shut the road but those renting the yard are still allowed in and out 


Neighbors of the man wanted for questioning over the murder of Gabby Petito have been reportedly cashing in on the tragedy, charging media companies $3,500 a week to camp in their yards. 

CBS News, Fox News and ABC News are among those who have paid the neighbors, TMZ reported.

All remain camped outside the home of the Laundrie family in North Port, Florida, while the search for Brian Laundrie continues.

Media companies are reportedly paying up to $3,500 a week to rent the yards of neighbors of the Laundrie family in Florida, as the hunt for Brian Laundrie enters its third week

Brian Laundrie, 23, is the sole 'person of interest' in the death of his girlfriend Gabby Petito, 22. She was found dead in Wyoming on September 19 during her road trip with Laundrie

Brian Laundrie, 23, is the sole ‘person of interest’ in the death of his girlfriend Gabby Petito, 22. She was found dead in Wyoming on September 19 during her road trip with Laundrie

The Laundrie family reported Brian missing on September 17. They said he had set off for a hike on September 13, and failed to return.

Laundrie’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Petito, was reported missing on September 11 and found dead in Wyoming on September 19. Her death has been reported as a homicide, and Laundrie is the sole ‘person of interest’ in the case.

A manhunt has been underway for several weeks, and is now led by the FBI. A search of a Florida swamp, the Carlton Reserve, has so far proved fruitless.

Questions continue to be asked about what Christopher and Roberta Laundrie know, and their daughter Cassie, who lives with her husband in Lakewood, said their parents have not spoken to her about the case.

Amid the ongoing media frenzy, the media outlets have remained outside the Laundrie family home.

Enterprising neighbors of the Laundrie family have taken to charging the media companies for using their facilities

Enterprising neighbors of the Laundrie family have taken to charging the media companies for using their facilities

Gabby Petito's parents (pictured are her mother Nichole Schmidt and stepfather Jim) appeared on Dr Phil to beg the Laundrie family to tell them what they know

Gabby Petito’s parents (pictured are her mother Nichole Schmidt and stepfather Jim) appeared on Dr Phil to beg the Laundrie family to tell them what they know

Protesters have taken to staging loud demonstrations outside the Laundrie family home, and scuffles have broken out between fed-up homeowners and those demanding justice for Petito.

Police have attempted to reduce the media presence by closing the street to all except residents.

However, renting a space from the neighbors allows camera crews to circumvent the police restrictions.

Christopher and Roberta Laundrie have been lying low since their son’s disappearance, but on Wednesday their lawyer, Steven Bertolino, said he was asked by the FBI to join the search for his son, and agreed.

‘Since the preserve has been closed to the public, Chris has not been able to look for Brian in the only place Chris and Roberta believe Brian may be,’ Bertolino said in a statement to The New York Post

Further questions have been raised as to why the Laundries are not begging their son to get in touch, but Bertolino said they did not believe there was any point in issuing a public appeal for him to turn himself in. 

‘The parents don’t believe he is watching the news in any way, shape or form,’ Bertolino said.

‘They believe he’s in the preserve or some other type of wilderness area if he has left the preserve. 

‘So putting out a public plea and getting scrutiny for that is not necessarily in their best interest.’ 

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