A couple that lives across the street from Brian Laundrie’s Florida home said they saw the 23-year-old and his parents drive off hitching an “attached camper” on the same day that Long Island native Gabby Petito was reported missing.
Charlene and William Guthrie moved to North Port in the early summer, and said that it had recently been a “nightmare” living amid a high-profile investigation and media circus surrounding Gabby’s death, according to Fox News.
William told the outlet he was doing yard work on Sept. 11 when the Laundries hooked what appeared to be a new camper to the back of their truck and drove off for a weekend-long trip.
“I saw them doing some work. And then when they prepared for their trip, I saw them loading the camper,” Guthrie reportedly said.
The neighbor said he did find it odd that Christopher and Roberta Laundrie would go camping with their adult son in what he described as a “small” RV.
The Guthries reported the incident to police that later came to their home as part of the missing persons investigation involving the disappearance of Petito, 22, according to the article.
A neighbor told Fort Myers’ WINK-TV that he saw Brian and his family leave with the camper on Sept. 11, the day Petito was reported missing, an executive producer at the station tweeted Wednesday.
That source did not know if Brian returned to the home, according to the tweet.
The person of interest was reported missing by his parents on Sept. 17, three days after they said they last saw him.
The Guthries told Fox they had assumed that Brian had returned to the family home in Petito’s white van with his live-in girlfriend in tow, before the street was occupied by reporters, police and protesters.
“We didn’t know it was Gabby’s, we just assumed it was [Brian’s] van,” Charlene reportedly said.
“We just thought they had come back from wherever. We didn’t know they were on a trip. We assumed they went back to their house or wherever they got a house … We didn’t know much about them at all.”
The North Port Police Department and the FBI did not immediately respond to a request from The Post to confirm that police were notified Brian left the home in a camper, more than a week after returning home from Wyoming alone.
Petito’s body was found in a remote national park in the state on Sunday, and a medical examiner determined that she had been killed.
Brian has been in the wind for more than a week, sparking a manhunt in a Florida reserve where his parents said he went hiking.
The family had refused to speak to law enforcement officials about Petito’s whereabouts, leading some to speculate they were buying time to help Brian flee the area.