BRIAN Laundrie was being watched by police before he vanished but was able to disappear before officers even spoke to him about Gabby Petito.
The startling revelation came as it emerged police did not speak to or see Laundrie when they visited his family home on September 11 – the day Gabby's family reported her missing.
Police spokesperson Josh Taylor told CNN’s Randi Kaye that police in North Port, Florida, were surveilling Laundrie as best as they could legally before he vanished.
At the time there was no warrant for his arrest and Gabby's body had not been found.
The phones used by the couple of their trip also remain missing.
Laundrie has since been declared a person of interest by police as they investigate the circumstances behind Gabby's death.
He had returned home from his cross country trip without fiancee Gabby on September 1.
The FBI has since issued a warrant for his arrest after he "knowingly and with intent to defraud" used a bank card that was later revealed to be Petito's.
Laundrie has been missing since September 13.
He was reported as missing by his parents Chris and Roberta on September 17. They originally told cops they had last seen their son on September 14.
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It later transpired Laundrie had been missing since September 13 after his parents gave the incorrect date for when he allegedly disappeared into the Carlton Reserve.
Laundrie lawyer Steven Bertolino told WFLA: "The Laundries were basing the date Brian left on their recollection of certain events.”
'LET HIM GET AWAY'
Tragic vlogger Gabby, 22, was found dead in a Wyoming campsite on September 19.
Online sleuths have on Friday pointed out how authorities said they knew where Brian was days after he reportedly went missing.
Law enforcement officials had said they did "everything they could" to keep an eye on Laundrie before his disappearance last month.
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 told cops he had been missing since earlier that week.
Donovan's tweet received a series of replies from users slamming the cops' approach, with some claiming they "let him get away."
SEARCH GOES ON
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.
Laundrie has not been named as a suspect.
Following Laundrie's disappearance, authorities focused their search on an area of Florida swampland.
Detectives continue to scour the Carlton Reserve while Dog the Bounty Hunter investigates the Fort de Soto campground.
It’s reported that the Laundrie family stayed at the campsite on September 6 – days after he returned to the state.
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