ONLINE sleuths have taken aim at cops investigating the whereabouts of Brian Laundrie, pointing out how authorities said they knew where he was days after Laundrie reportedly went missing.
On Friday, a report claimed law enforcement officials had said they did "everything they could" to keep an eye on Laundrie before his disappearance last month.
Laundrie, 23, is involved in a case that has gripped the nation, after his fiancee, Gabby Petito, 22, was found dead in a Wyoming campsite last month.
Petito and Laundrie were in the middle of a four-month-long trip across America when Laundrie returned to his parents' Florida home alone on September 1, driving the couple's 2012 white Ford Transit van.
Petito was reported missing by her parents on September 11, and her body was later discovered in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
PERSON OF INTERST
Since then, online sleuths have been trying to crack the whereabouts of Laundrie, whose parents reported him missing on September 17, two days before Petito's body was found.
On Friday, Evan Donovan, a reporter with WFLA News in Florida, pointed out that at a September 16 news conference, a reporter asked authorities: "Do you know where Brian Laundrie is right now?"
According to Donovan's recollection, the North Port Police Chief answered, "Yes."
However, a day after the chief's reported comments, Laundrie's family reportedly told cops he had been missing since earlier that week.
The Laundries reportedly told authorities that Brian went on a hike on September 13 and never returned.
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Donovan's tweet received a series of replies from users slamming the cops' approach, with some claiming they "let him get away."
Laundrie has since been declared a person of interest by police as they investigate the circumstances behind Gabby's disappearance.
The 23-year-old has not been named as a suspect.
On September 23, the FBI issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie after he "knowingly and with intent to defraud" used a bank card that was later revealed to be Petito's.
Following Laundrie's disappearance, authorities focused their search on an area of Florida swampland.
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