- Experts said the police were on the right track, naming Brian Landry as a person with an interest in Gabby Petito’s disappearance.
- Private detectives said authorities may have to start searching for her body in Wyoming or Florida.
- Landry’s lawyer said, “On the advice of the lawyer, Mr. Landry does not speak about this.”
Gabby Petito’s mother reported missing this week after her boyfriend returned from a multi-month cross-country trip without her.
The police are now claiming that they view the guy as interested in Petito’s disappearance, even though they claim they have no evidence of the crime.
“I think the police are on the right track,” John Callicutt, a private detective behind Florida-based Walton Investigations, told Insider Wednesday. “From the circumstances, he is definitely someone you want to talk to.”
Private detectives told Insider that since the guy, Brian Landry, was probably the last person to see Petito, talking to him is the key to finding out what happened. Police will want to retrieve Landry’s phone records and examine his Internet search history and the most recent GPS tracking locations, the PI said.
The laundry hired a lawyer, and so far, police said, his family refused to let him talk to investigators.
His lawyer issued two statements in this case. On Tuesday, the first statement read in part: “On behalf of the Landry family, we hope that the search for Miss Petito will be successful and Miss Petito will be reunited with her family.”
“In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement agencies focus on in such cases, and the warning that ‘any statement made will be used against you’ is true regardless of whether my client had any -or attitude towards Mrs. “The Disappearance of Petito,” said the statement of the laundry lawyer Stephen Bertolino on Wednesday. “So, on the advice of a lawyer, Mr. Landry is not talking about this.”
The North Port Police Department, which is handling the case outside of Florida, said Wednesday that has no evidence of a crime…
Callicut told Insider that the police probably have more information than they shared with the public, which he says is standard procedure when investigating a missing person.
“In my opinion, the police always have a little more than what they say,” Kallikut said. “They’re hiding information.”
Police were called in for a domestic riot between Petito and a laundry in Moab, Utah on August 12, according to a police report obtained by Insider, but classified the incident as a mental health crisis.
On September 1, 10 days before Petito’s mother reported her missing, Landry returned to his parents’ house in Florida, where he and Petito lived before embarking on the trip. He returned in a van containing a couple, which the police have since confiscated to search for evidence.
Guillermo Hechevarria, a criminal investigator with Investigation Services Unlimited in Florida, said he believed the laundry most likely left Petito alive somewhere in the Tetons. But he added that by hiring a lawyer, Landry suggests that the police may also want to search for the body within one mile of Landry’s parents’ home.
“Since he already got a lawyer, there must be a problem that probably caused him to do something to the woman and get her somewhere,” Hechevarria said.
Harvey Morse, a private detective at Locators International in Florida, said the laundry behavior after returning from a trip caused “lots of red flags.” He said the police would likely try to call the Laundromat’s cell phone to court and look for campsites he and Petito may have visited in the Tetons.
Morse, who is also a former police officer and founder of the Florida Association of Private Investigators, said the likelihood of finding someone who has remained alive in the desert for more than two weeks is “minimal.”
“They could have starved to death,” Morse said.