Much of the nation has been gripped by news about the police manhunt for Brian Laundrie, who is wanted as a person of interest in connection with the homicide of his fiancee Gabby Petito last month.
Now, Laundrie’s sister is adding her perspective to the public narrative while urging him to turn himself in.
“Ignored by my family”
Cassie Laundrie reportedly told protesters outside of her home in Florida on Monday that she and her parents have not spoken since he vanished after returning home from a trip without Petito.
A video clip subsequently shared on TikTok appeared to show protesters confronting and heckling her, accusing the family of engaging in a cover-up on behalf of her brother. She can be heard telling the crowd that she has shared everything she knows with the FBI and is estranged from her parents.
“I’m in the boat where I’m getting ignored by my family and thrown under the bus by my family’s attorney,” she continued.
As for her parents, they waited three days to report Brian Laundrie missing after he disappeared on Sept. 14. Cassie Laundrie was reportedly present for a camping trip with her parents and brother just days earlier.
“Upset, frustrated, and heartbroken”
As for evidence of domestic violence between her brother and Petito, she said she never saw any. She did acknowledge the possibility that her parents helped him disappear.
“We are just as upset, frustrated, and heartbroken as everybody else,” Cassie Laundrie said.
A family attorney asserted this week that Cassie also saw Brian on Sept. 1, when he returned in his fiancee’s van after a cross-country trip. Petito’s body was found days later in Wyoming. The lawyer maintained, however, that the media has been deliberately twisting Cassie’s words to “sensationalize” the case.
“I would tell my brother to just come forward and get us out of this horrible mess,” she said on Tuesday during an ABC News interview.
She also called on her parents to “come clean” if they have been withholding any information from investigators.