When Did the Laundries Go Camping? 

During the week of September 11, Brian Laundrie disappeared from his North Port home. He was on a cross-country road trip with his fiancee Gabby Petito but didn’t return. The day after his disappearance, Brian’s family reported his disappearance to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. They said that he was headed to a nature reserve and had gotten a citation for his car. On September 17, a search was conducted at the nature reserve, but the search was restricted after the campsite was discovered. 

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Several of Laundrie’s neighbors claimed to have seen him and his parents loading up their new camper on the day of his disappearance. One of the neighbors, William Guthrie, lived across the street from the Laundrie home. He and his wife, Charlene, have recently noticed that Brian and his father have been packing up the camper. However, they had no idea that the Laundries were planning a cross-country camping trip. 

The next day, Brian’s mother, Roberta Laundrie, made a reservation for two people at Fort De Soto Park in Florida. She planned to stay at the campground from September 1-3. A couple of days later, her reservation was changed to three people. She also told police that she was heading to the nature reserve. 

On September 6, the Laundries arrived at Fort De Soto Park. The campground is located on a peninsula about an hour north of Laundrie’s home in North Port, Florida. They stayed in the campground for two days. On the same weekend, Daniel Chis and his wife, Marci Newsom, checked in as well. They were also camping nearby. 

A few weeks after the camping trip, Brian and his family returned to their home in North Port. They didn’t report his disappearance until about three days later. The next day, they went looking for him. They were able to retrieve their vehicle and went to look for their son. However, they hadn’t heard from him since. They didn’t find his missing body until a week after his disappearance, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office. 

The search for Brian continues. In addition to the national manhunt, Dog the Bounty Hunter has also been tracking his disappearance. Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman revealed a tip about the Laundries’ camping trip. His tip is that they were using a trail at the nature preserve. The tip supposedly comes from a source who worked at Civic Plus, which manages the reservation system at the Fort De Soto park. Bertolino doesn’t immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment. 

The Laundries have come under increasing scrutiny in recent days. The FBI has been aware of their travel plans. Former deputy director Andrew McCabe suggested questioning Laundrie’s parents about the trip. In the meantime, the search for Laundrie continues. Among the things that have been discovered in the search are the remnants of a campsite and the name of a nature reserve in Florida. The Laundries have declined to talk to the authorities, but have not yet denied they took the trip.