Bertolino wrote, “Brian flew home to obtain some items and empty and close the storage unit to save money as [he and Petito] contemplated extending the road trip.”
He added, “To my knowledge, Brian and Gabby paid for the flights, as they were sharing expenses.”
In the timeline of events, this Aug. 17 return to Florida to get unnamed supplies came just days after his Aug. 12 fight with Gabby Petito in Utah, which required police intervention. Laundrie returned to Salt Lake City on Aug. 23 to rejoin Petito.
Four days later, on Aug. 27, Laundrie and Petito ate at the Merry Piglet restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where witnesses said Laundrie got into an argument with staff members. That was the last day Petito was seen alive.
Laundrie returned to Florida on Sept. 1 in Petito’s van and went camping with his family until Sept. 7, according to Laundrie’s family lawyer. He has since disappeared.
A manhunt for Laundrie commenced on Sept. 23 when federal authorities issued an arrest warrant after he allegedly used Petito’s bank card to purchase “things of value aggregating to $1,000 or more.”
The manhunt has garnered worldwide attention, with reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter joining in the search.