Brian Laundrie’s sister Cassie has received a slew of death threats over her missing sibling’s disappearance, with police being called out to her Florida residence nine times in just two weeks, police records reveal.
Records obtained by Tampa Bay news outlet WFLA reveal that Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies have dropped by the home numerous times since September 19 – the day the body of Laundrie’s deceased fiance, Gabby Petito, was discovered by investigators in a Wyoming national park, and two days after her brother was reported missing.
According to the dispatch records, Cassie’s husband, James, first reported the calls on September 19, telling deputies that he and his wife were receiving ‘messages from random people,’ which included threats about ‘killing his family and kidnapping his kids.’
Brian Laundrie’s older sister Cassie has received a slew of death threats over her missing sibling’s disappearance, with police being called out to her Florida residence nine times in just two weeks, police records show
Following the first of these alleged threats, deputies periodically checked in on the family at their Lakewood Ranch residence – which is located 40 miles from the North Port home where Laundrie lived with his parents before disappearing on September 13
The pair has two young sons.
Following those initial threats, deputies periodically checked in on the family at their Lakewood Ranch residence – which is located 40 miles from the North Port home where Laundrie, 23, lived with his parents before disappearing on September 13.
Call logs on the Manatee County Sheriff’s website reveal that deputies were dispatched to Cassie’s home at least three times over the course of the two week period.
WFLA obtained further records which that deputies came nine times during that period.
According to the records, on October 1, deputies responded to another call about ‘suspicious circumstances’ at the couple’s home, after Cassie chided one of the callers, telling them: ‘You’re making my children cry.’
Police were called to Cassie and husband James’ home after protesters swarmed the residence, and after she addressed the mob, telling them she ‘didn’t know’ if her fugitive brother had murdered fiance Gabby Petito
Laundrie, 23, has been at large for more than three weeks, and was last seen, according to his parents, September 13
During this visit, deputies investigated and dismissed claims that Laundrie had been spotted on the premises.
Three days later, on October 4, Manatee County police received another call from the couple, and arrived to find a crowd of protesters and journalists stationed outside their home.
During the encounter, Cassie addressed the mob, telling them she ‘didn’t know’ if her fugitive brother had murdered Petito and claimed that their parents are refusing to talk to her.
‘I am losing my parents and my brother and my children’s aunt and my future sister-in-law on top of this, and you’re not helping,’ Cassie told them, while being recorded, with her husband at her side, eyeing the mob with his hands crossed.
‘They’re not talking to us either.’
Cassie drew scrutiny herself after she told several news outlets and protesters that she hadn’t seen Brian since he returned to Florida without Gabby – and then admitted days later that she saw him on the camping trip
When asked why this was, she responded, ‘If I knew, I would say’
‘I don’t know,’ she emphasized.
A protester then asked Cassie if she thought her parents were involved in helping her brother evade investigators, to which she vehemently replied, ‘I don’t know. We have literally been finding out everything from the news like everyone else.’
Cassie drew scrutiny herself after she told several news outlets and protesters that she hadn’t seen Brian since he returned to Florida without Gabby – and then admitted days later that she saw him on the camping trip.
During the encounter October 4, Cassie attempted to clear up the sordid timeline of events, confirming that her brother left he and Petito’s highly-publicized cross country excursion around August 17 to come back to Florida, shortly after the couple was pulled over by police in Moab, Utah – an incident which was recorded on police bodycam footage that was later shared.
Cassie said she saw him on September 1, but he came to her home in the family Mustang and not the van he and Petito had been driving. She also saw him at a family vacation September 6 at Fort De Soto Park, but said that Petito’s name did not come up in conversation and she didn’t know Petito was missing at the time.
‘We had s’mores, we had dinner. We had our kids there. Nothing came up. We’ve told the FBI everything and the world does not need to know what the FBI knows. That’s why we’re silent. This is me coming out against them.’
Cassie told the protesters that her children didn’t know their Aunt Gabby was dead until the demonstrators screamed it outside her home and called her a liar.
She claimed on Monday that the media ‘misconstrued’ her words about when she had last seen her brother, and that she meant she has not been able to talk to him since he went missing.
She said: ‘The media ended up misconstruing what I said when they asked me if I’d seen my brother.’
Laundrie was named a person of interest in the homicide death of fiance Petito, whose body was foundby investigators a Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 19
At one point during the encounter, a member of the crowd asked Cassie, who’s in her late thirties, if she wanted her brother to turn himself in.
Cassie promptly replied: ‘Of course.’
‘Do you think that Brian killed Gabby?’ one blunt protester asked her.
‘I don’t know,’ she said, during the tense exchange.
Cassie then urged the assembly on her front yard that she had never once witnessed her brother hit Petito prior to her death -nor had she ever seen him act violently toward any other women.
Cassie said the last time she spoke to her brother or her parents was on a family camping trip in Fort De Soto on September 6.
Asked if Brian mentioned Gabby on the trip, Cassie said: ‘Nothing came up.’
She then alleged that she has been ‘thrown under the bus’ by her family.
‘This is not what we want to be doing,’ she said.
‘This is not how we want the world to find out when we’re angry and upset. But I can’t have my kids be crying for three days in a row,’ referring to the string of calls she had received since October 1.
The following day, on October 5, Cassie appeared on Good Morning America and urged her parents to cooperate with authorities.
‘I don’t know if my parents are involved,’ she said. ‘I think if they are,’ she then speculated, before adding, ‘They should come clean.’
Protesters continue to visit the makeshift memorial to Petito outside the home of Laundrie’s parents, like the woman pictured here on Monday, placing a bouquet of a dozen roses among the growing pile of flowers and other items that have been left by others
Petito, 22, and Laundrie, set off on their trip July 2, planning to travel across the US in the over the course of several months while chronicling the journey on YouTube.
On September 1, Laundrie arrived back at his family’s home in North Port without his fiancée, still driving the couple’s shared van.
Petito was not reported missing for another ten days, until September 11, after her mother grew concerned after not hearing from her for multiple days and receiving an unsettling wall of silence from Laundrie and his parents.
The Laundrie family then proceeded to lawyer up, and refused to let police speak to Brian about his fiancee’s whereabouts.
His parents then reported him as missing on September 17 – two days after he was last seen, after allegedly telling his mother and father that he was going hiking in the nearby Carlton Reserve – five miles from the family’s home.
Petito’s body was subsequently discovered at a campsite near the Grand Teton National Park on September 19, and her death was ruled a homicide by investigators.
However, it is still unclear how Petito died.
According to the FBI, the Long Island native was likely killed between August 27 and August 30.
The last reports of Petito being seen alive were on August 27, when witnesses said they saw the couple involved in a ‘commotion’ in a Wyoming restaurant.
After her body was discovered and her missing persons case turned into a homicide, protesters promptly plagued the North Port, Florida, residence that the 23-year-old shared with his parents, after the pair refused to police in the search for their runaway son.
Local police and the FBI have now been searching for Laundrie – the sole person of interest in the homicide case – for more than three weeks – but he has somehow managed to evade capture.
He is still at large.
Brian Laundrie was a ‘chubby social outcast’ at school, friend reveals
Missing 23-year-old Brian Laundrie was a ‘heavier set social outcast’ when he was teen in high school, a friend of the fugitive reveals.
Laundrie’s pal exclusively told The Sun that Gabby Petito’s runaway fiancé was nearly 40 pounds heavier when he was 14 years old.
The friend also revealed Laundrie was a private person that was never into social media or photos until he started his van travels with Petito.
‘These last two years were the most public and open he has ever been. He’s a pretty disconnected off-the-grid type of guy, not the ‘selfie’ type.’
‘He’s the type of person that would be able to drop everything to secure his means of not being captured and to evade arrest or evade prosecution from what seems to be a pending crime.’
Laundrie’s buddy also revealed the Florida fugitive had ‘zero friends’ in middle school and would sit at a lunch table with just two other acquaintances.
The pair were friendly at that time, he says, but didn’t become full-fledged friends until high school.
‘Brian was very quiet in school. He was a bit of an outcast when he was younger. He was just so to himself.’
He then added: ‘Brian cut his hair and lost weight in high school.’
The friend divulged to the paper that he had been to Laundrie’s residence in Bayport, New York, several times, and visited the Florida home, in North Port, once.
Within their group of friends, the pal revealed, a common interest amongst them is guns – but he says he still finds it unsettling that Laundrie had expressed a strong desire to move to Florida ever since high school, suspecting he wanted to move to the Sunshine State for dubious reasons.
‘A lot of my friends have guns and stuff,’ the friend reasoned.
‘The gun laws in Florida were a lot less restrictive than New York,’ he then added, ‘so it was interesting for him to move to another state that allowed that.’
Laundrie’s friend group consists of four close members. The friend has a gut-feeling that Laundrie will reach out to him looking for help and it ‘freaks him out.’
‘The reason it would be me is his other very close friends were also very close with Gabby but I was just very close with him,’ the friend said.
‘He might think I wouldn’t hold some stigma or I wouldn’t care about the matter.’
‘I get calls from unknown numbers and from blocked callers and my heart drops.’
‘I just think it’s gonna be him on the other side, you never know.’