Brian Laundrie went back to Florida briefly on Aug. 17 before returning to his girlfriend, now deceased Gabby Petito, to continue their trip in Salt Lake City, Utah.
According to the New York Post, 23-year-old Laundrie flew back to his parent’s home in North Port to get more supplies and only resumed his trip with Petito six days later on Aug. 23.
“Brian flew home to obtain some items and empty and close the storage unit to save money as [he and Petito] contemplated extending the road trip,” said Steven Bertolino, attorney for the Laundrie family, in a text message to the Post.
“To my knowledge, Brian and Gabby paid for the flights, as they were sharing expenses,” he added.
Cassie Laundrie, sister of Brian Laundrie, confirmed he made a short return to their parents’ home in mid-August in an appearance with ABC News.
Petito’s family last heard of her on Aug. 25. She was last seen alive in a restaurant with Brian on Aug. 27.
The couple was at least in a fight on Aug. 12, which prompted a domestic case report to the Moab police office. Police camera footage revealed the pair agreed to separate for the night. A domestic violence outreach agency placed Laundrie in a hotel.
Brian went back to Florida in Petito’s white van on Sept. 1. He went camping with his family at the Fort De Soto campground until Sept. 7.
His girlfriend was reported missing on Sept. 11. Her body was found at the Teton-Bridger National Forest in Wyoming on Sept. 19. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Likewise, two days before Petito’s body was discovered, Laundrie was reported missing. A massive manhunt for Laundrie has been launched and was also joined by Dog the Bounty Hunter.
In a recent interview with TMZ, Dog was confident Laundrie was still alive.
“I would assume, you know, he is alive. Not alive and doing well but he’s alive,” he said.
Dog’s searching effort was focused on Laundrie kayaking around the islands near Fort DeSoto Park. He had uncovered some items and handed them to the FBI for DNA inspection.