A father who took to social media with a sign advertising his home for sale was accused of being a “hoaxer” after the public found out that he would not be selling.
The family’s attorney referred to the notice outside the house as a “hoax” and stated that the family would not be relocating (Picture: Reuters)
Brian Laundrie’s parents are not selling their Florida house after their attorney called a ‘for sale’ sign on their front yard a “hoax.”
Following the news that their son Brian, the lone suspect in the abduction and murder of his fiancée Gabby Petito, had committed suicide, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, 62, seem to be remaining in North Port.
On Thursday, the family’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, told The Sun that the sign was false, stating, ‘It’s untrue.’ The sign is a fraud,’ says the author.
‘It was either photoshop or someone erected the sign, took a photograph, and then removed the sign,’ he said.
‘We don’t know, and we don’t care,’ he said.
The house has turned into a hotspot for reporters and others looking for information on Laundrie’s location. Protesters often lined the street outside their house, with many alleging that the parents assisted their son in eluding the cops.
Laundrie was last seen at the yellow suburban house in early September, when he came home alone following a road trip he had made with Petito to tour national parks.
The phony advertisement came only days after the family’s counsel said that the 23-year-old fugitive had been slain by a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
On October 20, partial skeletal remains were discovered at Mykkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, and dental records eventually confirmed them as Laundrie’s. His body was brought to a forensic anthropologist for examination, and it was ultimately found that he committed himself.
According to Bertolino, the pistol was seized from the parents’ residence. Neither the attorney nor the FBI had acknowledged the use of a handgun earlier.
Bertolino told the Daily Mail at the time that they kept the fact that one of the family’s firearms had gone missing a secret in order to minimize public outrage.
‘We didn’t want the people to go crazy about it.’ ‘I don’t believe they thought he was a threat to anybody he saw on the street,’ Bertolino added.
According to the Daily Mail, a gun was hanging in his bedroom in images obtained by a real estate website before he disappeared.
The house is valued at around $297,000.
Internet sleuths previously speculated about Laundrie’s whereabouts, with many speculating he was hiding in his parents’ garden, behind a flowerbed.
Drones hovering over the parents’ house acquired images of Chris and Roberta Laundrie working on one of their backyard flowerbeds as the search for Laundrie approached the three-week mark. Many people thought they spotted a ‘hand’ sticking out of the garden, but this was subsequently disproved.
Petito and Laundrie met on Long Island, where they both grew up. His parents relocated to Florida in 2017, and the couple followed in 2019, staying there until their deaths.
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