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Brian Laundrie’s sister urges him to turn himself in after refusing to say he’s innocent


Brian Laundrie’s sister Cassie has urged her fugitive brother to ‘come forward’ and turn himself in, saying she doesn’t know ‘what to think’ about what happened on his doomed cross-country trip with fiancee Gabby Petito.

Cassie told ABC’s GMA she wished her brother had come to her first when he returned to North Port, Florida, without Petito on September 1. 

‘I really wish he had come to me first that day with the van because I don’t think we’d be here,’ she said. 

Cassie said she is feeling a mix of emotions as her brother is still on the run after more than two weeks while Petito’s death is being investigated as a homicide.  

‘I worry about him, I hope he’s ok and I’m angry I don’t know what to think,’ she said.

‘I would tell my brother to just come forward and get us out of this horrible mess.’

Laundrie’s sister has come under fire in recent days after it emerged she had seen her brother twice in the time between him returning home to Florida and going on the run – despite previously claiming she hadn’t spoken to him.  

She was seen confronting a group of protesters outside her home on Monday, telling them she was ‘livid’ at her parent’s lawyer Steve Bertolino for telling the press about the holes in her version of events.  

Brian Laundrie’s sister Cassie has urged her fugitive brother to ‘come forward’ and turn himself in, saying she doesn’t know ‘what to think’ happened on his doomed cross-country trip

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito in an Instagram photo on their cross-country trip on June 26. Cassie told ABC's GMA she wished her brother had come to her first when he returned home without Petito 'because I don't think we'd be here' if he did

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito in an Instagram photo on their cross-country trip on June 26. Cassie told ABC’s GMA she wished her brother had come to her first when he returned home without Petito ‘because I don’t think we’d be here’ if he did

In the exclusive interview with GMA, airing Tuesday morning, Cassie insisted she does not know where her brother – who has been named a person of interest in Petito’s death – is and claimed she has cooperated with investigators since ‘day one’.

She defended the fact she had seen her brother on his return from his and Petito’s campervan adventure, claiming she ‘didn’t pick up on anything’ and they were just ‘ordinary’ visits – despite Petito not being present and her brother not being expected to return home for at least another month. 

Cassie said her brother and parents had stopped by the home she shares with her husband and two sons for an ‘ordinary’ visit on September 1 – the day he returned. 

She then saw him for a second – and last – time on September 6 when she visited him and their parents at Fort De Soto Park, where the trio were camping.  

‘We just went for a couple of hours and we ate dinner and had s’mores around the campfire and left, and there was nothing peculiar about it,’ she said. 

‘There was no feeling of grand goodbye. There was no nothing.’

‘I’m frustrated that, in hindsight, I didn’t pick up on anything,’ she added, insisting ‘it was just a regular visit.’

She claimed she has not heard from her brother since and that if she knew where he was she would ‘turn him in.’

While she insisted she had nothing to do with his disappearance, she admitted she wasn’t so sure about her parents who she urged to cooperate with investigators.

When Petito was reported missing on September 11, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie refused to let authorities speak to their son.

They then didn’t tell police he had vanished until three days after they allegedly last saw him on September 14, sparking a nationwide manhunt. 

Questions continue to mount about what Laundrie’s parents know about the doomed cross-country trip and their son’s current whereabouts with rumors circulating that both Laundrie and his mom have been using burner phones.  

‘I don’t know if my parents are involved,’ said Cassie. ‘I think if they are, then they should come clean.’ 

Cassie said she is concerned for her brother, who wouldn’t normally go missing for so long.

Cassie was seen with her husband James Luycx outside her home on October 4 where she confronted a group of protesters

Cassie was seen with her husband James Luycx outside her home on October 4 where she confronted a group of protesters

However, she also said she ‘want[s] answers’ about what happened to Petito, who she previously described as ‘like a sister.’  

‘I hope my brother is alive because I want answers just as much as everybody else,’ she said. 

While she said she had never seen any signs of domestic violence between the young couple, she admitted it was ‘pretty typical of them to argue and try and take space from each other.’

Cassie told GMA she believes Petito’s family ‘deserve answers’ and that she wants them to know she is thinking of them.

Cassie is to date the only member of the Laundrie family – including Laundrie himself – who has spoken publicly about Petito’s disappearance and death. 

She claimed in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America on September 17 – two days before Petito’s body was found in Wyoming – that she had not spoken to her brother since September 1 and that she ‘wish[ed] I had more information’ to give investigators. 

‘I haven’t been able to talk to him. I wish I could talk to him,’ Cassie said at the time. ‘I’ve cooperated in every way that I can. I wish I had information or I would give more.’

Cassie also described Petito as ‘like a sister’ to her and said she and her family ‘want Gabby to be found safe.’

‘Obviously me and my family want Gabby to be found safe,’ she said. ‘She’s like a sister and my children love her, and all I want is for her to come home safe and found and this to be just a big misunderstanding.’  

Brian's sister said that she is 'livid' at her parent's lawyer Steve Bertolino, who told the press Friday that Cassie saw her brother twice since Petito's disappearance – on September 1 and 6 – despite her saying otherwise in a previous interview

Brian’s sister said that she is ‘livid’ at her parent’s lawyer Steve Bertolino, who told the press Friday that Cassie saw her brother twice since Petito’s disappearance – on September 1 and 6 – despite her saying otherwise in a previous interview

But her version of events unraveled Friday, when Dog the Bounty Hunter – who joined the manhunt for Laundrie Saturday – revealed he had received a tip about Cassie joining her brother and parents at the Fort De Soto Park campsite five days after she claimed they had their last alleged encounter.   

The Laundrie family lawyer confirmed on Friday that Cassie Laundrie saw her brother on September 1 when he came by her house – the same day he arrived back from the couple’s cross-country van trip alone.

Cassie saw him again on September 6 during a family camping trip to Fort De Soto Park, where Dog is carrying out a manhunt for her fugitive brother and the FBI has seized surveillance footage.  

Bertolino claimed the apparent discrepancy in Cassie’s version of events was a simple misunderstanding and insisted ‘law enforcement agencies are well aware of these dates.’ 

‘Any prior communication by Cassie that does not reflect these dates is simply a difference of relating an answer to a question misinterpreted by Cassie or poorly posed by the inquirer,’ he said.  

Records from Pinellas County indicate that Brian and Cassie’s mom Roberta Laundrie registered for a waterfront campground site at Fort De Soto Park between September 6 and 8.

The family’s attorney said Laundrie and his parents stayed at the park – 75 miles from the Laundrie home in Florida – for one night, with all of them leaving together on September 7.     

Cassie said that she has never seen Brian hit Petito or act violently toward women

Cassie said that she has never seen Brian hit Petito or act violently toward women 

Chris (back) and Roberta (front) Laundrie, parents of Brian Laundrie, left their North Port, Florida, home. Cassie said she does not know if they were at all involved in Petito's death

Chris (back) and Roberta (front) Laundrie, parents of Brian Laundrie, left their North Port, Florida, home. Cassie said she does not know if they were at all involved in Petito’s death

Protesters gathered outside Cassie’s home in recent days after the glaring inconsistencies in her story emerged. 

She told them she ‘didn’t know’ if her fugitive brother had murdered Petito and claimed that their parents are refusing to talk to her. 

‘I am losing my parents and my brother and my children’s aunt and my future sister-in-law on top of this and you’re not helping,’ Cassie told them. 

A protester asked Cassie if she thinks her parents were involved in Petito’s death, to which she said, ‘I don’t know. We have literally been finding out everything from the news like everyone else.’ 

Asked if she would you like your brother to turn himself in, Cassie said: ‘Of course.’

At one point, she is asked: ‘Based on all the stuff on the Internet, do you think that Brian killed Gabby?’

‘I don’t know,’ she replied.

Cassie said that she has never seen her brother hit Petito or act violently toward women.  

Laundrie's parents Christopher and Roberta were under surveillance from the FBI. Cassie said she doesn't know if they were involved in her brother's disappearance

Laundrie’s parents Christopher and Roberta were under surveillance from the FBI. Cassie said she doesn’t know if they were involved in her brother’s disappearance

Cassie also cleared up the timeline of events from her perspective, confirming that her brother left his and Petito’s west coast trip around August 17 to come back to Florida, shortly after the couple was pulled over by police in Moab, Utah.

Cassie saw him on September 1, but he came to her home in the family Mustang and not the van he and Petito had been driving. She also saw him at a family vacation September 6 at Fort De Soto Park, but said that Petito’s name did not come up in conversation and she didn’t know Petito was missing at the time.

‘We had s’mores, we had dinner. We had our kids there. Nothing came up. We’ve told the FBI everything and the world does not need to know what the FBI knows. That’s why we’re silent. This is me coming out against them.’   

Cassie told the protesters that her children didn’t know their Aunt Gabby was dead until the demonstrators screamed it outside her home and called her a liar. 

She claimed on Monday that the media ‘misconstrued’ her words about when she had last seen her brother, and that she meant she has not been able to talk to him since he went missing.  

A plane flew overhead Cassie Laundrie's home on October 4 with the message 'Justice 4 Gabby - tik tok times up.'

A plane flew overhead Cassie Laundrie’s home on October 4 with the message ‘Justice 4 Gabby – tik tok times up.’

Protesters told Cassie and Luycx that they gave the group what they wanted and that they wouldn't be coming back

Protesters told Cassie and Luycx that they gave the group what they wanted and that they wouldn’t be coming back

Protesters also congregated outside fugitive Brian Laundrie's Florida home on September 27, chiding his parents for not aiding police in the search for their son

Protesters also congregated outside fugitive Brian Laundrie’s Florida home on September 27, chiding his parents for not aiding police in the search for their son

‘I’m in the boat where I’m getting ignored by my family and thrown under the bus by my family’s attorney . . . I am livid and I’m not speaking to anybody. I’m done because that made my kids find out this horrible way,’ she told the protesters.

‘We were waiting until there was some kind of closure so the kids were just sad instead of sad and worried and now scared of you guys.’

Asked for comment from NewsNation, Bertolino said: ‘I do not represent Cassie Laundrie.

‘Cassie’s comments can only be attributed to the press twisting my words and hers, which were only given to clarify prior mischaracterizations by the press, with the hopes of further sensationalizing this tragic story.’

Cassie spoke to the group for about 20 minutes and said she was bound to get in hot water for doing so, but she needed to stop the protests from upsetting her children.

‘This is not what we want to be doing,’ she said. 

‘This is not how we want the world to find out when we’re angry and upset. But I can’t have my kids be crying for three days in a row.’ 

Cassie Laundrie’s husband James Luycx said: ‘The sooner he is found, the sooner this is over for us.’ 

‘We would like to give [Brian Laundrie’s] nephews an answer to when they can see their grandparents again,’ he said. 

‘When you know, [they can] see their uncle or anything that. He was their hero.’

At the end of the video, a protester said that Cassie and Luycx gave the group what they wanted and that they wouldn’t be coming back. 



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