Law enforcement told USA Today on Wednesday that law enforcement had made a number of mistakes in the case of 22-year-old vulgar Gabby Petito, John Walsh, the victim’s lawyer and the host of the “In Pursuit with John Walsh” TV show.
Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundry, 23, were traveling in a cross-country van. Laundry Sept. 1 before returning to their primary home in Florida alone.
Federal authorities discovered Petito’s body near a camping area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming on Sunday, and the Teton County coroner ruled on Petito’s murder on Tuesday.
Now the laundry is missing. Walsh said it should never have happened.
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Family members say Laundry went hiking on Sept. 1 in the 25,000-acre desert known as Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County. They submitted a report of the missing person three days later, saying they had found his car in reserve but could not find him.
Police in Florida’s North Port have been searching for reserves for laundry in recent days. The Sarasota County Air Search Team and the Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Force joined the effort Wednesday.
Walsh called the sweep “red herring.” He said he doesn’t believe the laundry ever went to save and is gone long ago now.
“They’ve spent all that revenue, now looking for him, a day late and a dollar short,” Walsh said.
Walsh added that law enforcement should have and could legally request proof of Laundry’s life while he was at home in Florida.
“I understand the Fifth Amendment, I understand that Brian doesn’t want to talk to the police and his family doesn’t want to talk to the police, which is disgusting, but the police can ask for proof of life,” he said.
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Walsh said officers should park cars on the street on either side of the laundry house and arrange for an unmarked vehicle to tail someone out of the house.
“All of these mistakes were made in the case of my son Adam, and the same kind of mistakes were made in this case,” Walsh said, whose son Adam was abducted and killed in 1 abducted1. “It’s very sad.”
Police, however, did not consider Laundry a suspect: “It’s important to remember that Brian Gabby was a person interested in the disappearance but was not charged for the crime,” North Port police said in an earlier statement. The body was found in Wyming last weekend.
Walsh, a former presenter of the TV show “America’s Most Wanted,” said his investigation had found one missing child and 1,420 fugitives in 455 countries. He believes the public can help authorities identify laundry.
“People trust me. I don’t trace calls. I don’t tap calls,” Walsh said.
Petito’s remains were found near the area identified by travel bloggers Jane and Kyle Bethune. Vloggers said on Instagram that they saw Petito’s white van in GoPro footage recorded while camping in late August and shared the footage with the FBI before posting it online.
“The public is going to break this lawsuit, which they already have,” Walsh said.
Walsh said he decided to start an investigation into the case after hearing that Laundry was missing. Although he was not involved in the formal police investigation, Walsh was on the ground in Florida on Wednesday.
Walsh said the number of tips on his website and hotline “usually doubles.” The hotline is “hook off”, he said. Walsh said the hotline staff gave those 10 tips to the U.S. Marshal and the FBI on Tuesday night.