Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie’s sister told protesters outside her Lakewood Ranch home Monday that her family has been ignoring her following the disappearance of her brother and the death of his fiancee.
When asked about her parents’ involvement in helping Brian Laundrie escape authorities, she replied, “I don’t know”, and said that she had not been able speak to them.
“I am in the boat, where my family is getting ignored and I’m being thrown under the bus. This was what Cassie Laundrie told a group Monday protestors in video that was shared by TikTok user @chroniclesofolivia.
The lawyer Cassie Laundrie seems to have been referring to, Steve Bertolino. He blamed the media. He said in a text that he did not represent Cassie Laundrie. The press twisted my words and hers to make this story more sensationalized. “
Cassie Laundrie made her first public remarks since an ABC News interview last month to a group of protesters at her home while a manhunt is underway for her brother, who is the subject of a federal warrant for alleged debit card fraud.
Cassie Laundrie spoke to protesters Monday outside of her house.
That exposure was triggered after Duane “Dog” Chapman, also known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, uncovered evidence first that the Laundrie family went camping with Brian on Labor Day and later that Cassie visited them.
Bertolino confirmed that Cassie Laundrie met her brother and parents on Sept. 6 at the Fort De Soto Park campsite and faulted the ABC News interviewer after the fugitive’s sister said she hadn’t been able to talk to her brother.
“Are you as a sister to his brother, what is the strangest thing you have to say about this? According to the transcript available on ABC’s website, the interviewer was asked.
“That’s why I haven’t been able talk with him,” Cassie Laundrie responded. “I wish that I could speak to him. “
Cassie Laundrie described Monday’s exchange with protesters.
“They misunderstood what I said when I asked them if they had seen my brother,” she stated. They didn’t ask me if I had seen Brian, as I stated in the beginning. The question was “What is the most bizarre thing about all of this?” ‘”
Bertolino took issue with the muddy phrasing of the question and said over the weekend that Cassie Laundrie met with Brian Laundrie on both Sept. 1 and 6.
“Any communication from Cassie not indicating these dates was simply an error in relating an answer or misinterpretation by Cassie,” he stated Saturday.
An FBI-led search uncovered Petito’s remains at a Wyoming campsite north of Jackson Hole on Sept. 19, five days after Brian Laundrie’s parents said they last saw him.
Brian Laundrie was seen leaving his home on Sept. 14. Three days after he was reported missing by his parents, the federal warrant for Laundrie’s arrest had not been issued.
But, he returned to his home in Petito’s van on September 1 – without his fiancee. She said that Laundrie had surprised her sister and her children on this day.
Petito was last seen alive just days before. She said that “nothing” was found about her at the campsite.
Cassie Laundrie told the protesters that her children had been crying since Saturday – when the news about the Fort De Soto Park camping trip emerged. She said that they ate at the campsite from 2 to 8 p.m., before going out. The children were in school Monday morning. She said that she had not spoken with her parents or brother since then.
She stated that she didn’t know the cause of Petito’s death and confirmed that her brother had flown home in the mid-to-late-August, before flying back to Utah a few days later. This was just days after Petito disappeared. For weeks, the possibility of cross-country flights has been popularly rumored.
Brian Laundrie is currently missing. However, there have been several sightings along the Appalachian Trail, near North Carolina’s border with Tennessee and parts of Florida.
Petito’s remains were found at a Wyoming campsite on Sept. 19, weeks after she was last seen alive in Jackson Hole, at a campground she was believed to have shared with Brian Laundrie until late August.
He has not been charged in her death, which authorities ruled a homicide.
Cassie Laundrie claimed that she and her husband told the FBI all they knew.
“The world does not need to know what the FBI knows, and that’s why we’re silent,” she said.
” We are as frustrated, upset and broken as everyone else,” Cassie Laundrie said to the crowd. I am also losing my siblings, my aunt and the future sister-in law of my children. “