The search for Brian Laundrie leading up to the discovery of his remains | 10 Tampa Bay



Editor’s note: This video has been edited to eliminate space in between questions.

North Port Police Spokesperson Josh Taylor spoke with 10 Tampa Bay about the search for Brian Laundrie. He details how the department handled the investigation from day 1 until his remains were found.

“The first time that the North Port Police Department was informed that Brian was missing was on that Friday, the 17th. I was in the room when the phone call came in, and it just takes your breath away,” Josh Taylor, a spokesperson for the department said.

Shortly after that call, police say Roberta and Chris Laundrie pointed them to the Carlton Reserve.

“They certainly seemed concerned and I think that that grew in the coming weeks because they obviously hadn’t heard from Brian,” Taylor said.

Detectives and FBI agents searched the area for more than a month, looking in the only place they had seen a sign of Brian.

His parents helped search the reserve twice, each time with North Port Officers. On their second attempt on October 20, Brian’s dad found a drybag and brought it to the officers.

“Our officers begin looking that area a little bit more, they find the backpack and other remains. There were a lot of bones and physical evidence,” Taylor said. “They took a picture of the backpack and show them the picture saying, ‘Does this look like Brian’s backpack?’ It’s my understanding that they confirm that does. They want to come look at everything else that has been found and we tell them no, that they need to leave.”

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34 Responses

  1. RoniGirl1971 says:

    She was originally reported missing in Suffolk Co. NY? Why?! She was not a resident there, and did your PD not tell her family that the missing persons report had to be done where she was missing from?!
    This guy!

  2. L A Smith says:

    No wonder the FBI stepped in to lead. NPPD blew the surveillance!

  3. Robin Lennon says:

    Did family give wrong location of car. Was it not icarlton.

  4. Robin Lennon says:

    Once they knew her van was registered in Florida and worked in Florida. Ny needs to be off if that.

  5. Pien Pakvis says:

    i blame the three dirty laundry 's and nobody else

  6. Hey You smile says:

    Yeah – sorry police. Laundries need to learn to say basic answers to police.
    you guy’s searched the area. clearly see. tire markings! We heard no bad weather for a while. First 5 days Brian missing it did rain hard. next rain. Seeing pictures of Brian?
    FBI – beginning. Gabby. New York. – conversation. evidence.
    Yes – what happened in Denver? Please!
    Colorado was the lead in the search!
    Also
    2021 – did Brian ever go to the Teton?
    A man from Ireland is missing! professional hiker! June 2021.
    Glad the parents from their son in the wet lands.
    Complicate: gabby case! Brian being dead.
    How did Brian die? Please
    Questioning: dirty laundries.
    Officer: Brian home.
    Not talking to you! Dirty laundries!
    Reason why: they want to search!
    Closed/ re open park! 2nd time police were there! Definitely!
    Dry bag
    Visual:
    Contact w officer: oh interesting
    Back pack- pic
    Confirmed
    They need to leave
    City
    People? Very hard! Lots of pride for a negative situation. Mysterious – nothing positive & heavy.
    We all want answers! Light end of tunnel!!
    Continue working case
    Gabby
    & her family!!
    Taken Brian in right away!
    Crime! no reason to bc laundries. attorney advised do not talk to gabby mom & dad.

  7. molum-uchiha_YT says:

    BRIAN wasn’t too free to do what he wanted because FBI/NPPD installed surveillance so the truth is they SCREWED UP AND LOST BRIAN LOL and they were too lazy to search off the trail. Had they looked the 13th or 14th when they were told he was missing it wouldn’t had turned out like this. They dropped the ball. Wasted millions they SEARCHED EVERY AREA BUT WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO SEARCH MULTIPLE TIMES BEGINNING 9-13-21

  8. Lisa Lane says:

    My volume is turned all the way up and I am having trouble hearing the video.

  9. drdebo Cherry says:

    Compete attorney & LE misconduct. This case ending will separate the scared-sheepal from the critical thinkers with courage.

  10. Mary Trivilli says:

    ​All of this seems so suspicious. The state attorney, of Florida, if not corrupt, should step in. They need an outside independent investigation done. Too much was messed up. Unprofessional.

  11. Kylie Logan says:

    This man needs to get fired!

  12. Kylie Logan says:

    Really he drove home without her? Bullshit!

  13. Beth Phillips says:

    Why couldn't heat seeking tech find Brian's body? It was not in deep water, not in excessively wooded area

  14. girlygamer says:

    JOsh has not retired?

  15. OldManGhost says:

    They told them where to find him in the beginning but they are trying to make a case against the parents where none exist. Proof of why you let your attorney do the talking. Anything you say can and will be twisted against you.

  16. carol coles says:

    This Guy seems to be like the walking dead!

  17. Sunday Dumaka says:

    IF HE IS REALLY DEAD (TO WHICH I SERIOUSLY DON'T BELIEVE THAT HE IS) NOW THE COLD HEARTED LAUNDRIES KNOW WHAT GABBY PETITO'S FAMILY HAD BEEN FEELING THE LAST SIX WEEKS OR MORE OF MONTHS!!!!! AND AS FOR "GIVING THE DIRTY LAUNDRIES RESPECT DURING THEIR TIME OF GRIEVING"!!!!!!

  18. 7 to life says:

    what a joke ….can't even hear any of it

  19. Marc Smith says:

    He committed suicide & then the body decomposed.

  20. Claire Ranch says:

    i just find this guy PATHETIC

  21. Trumpia Lighting says:

    I think the chief of police was very sure “I know where Brian is” That was a lie! He put his whole department under suspicion on what he knew…Now the people know the truth!
    BIG MISTAKE ‼️
    The media had more surveillance on Brian than the police department did!
    He should take responsibility for his authority and not bring the rest of his department down with him. BE AN HONORABLE CHIEF OF POLICE AND OWN UP TO YOUR MISTAKE CHIEF‼️‼️‼️

  22. teddy bear says:

    Chris gets the reward;;;)he found him

  23. Herbie Mann says:

    I'm pretty certain this is Tim Heidecker

  24. Melanie King says:

    This guy is not from the FBI @ 10:39 he says"We will be doing anythign we can to assist the FBI".

  25. Mark Zelinski says:

    He’s lied over and over though! Lol everything this guy has said has been a lie! Him and his department! “We know where he is”, “we can’t ask to speak with him” even thought his missing girlfriends cars in the driveway! “We can’t have someone watch the house for him! Lies! But ok!

  26. Strunch says:

    The Ricky Gervais of the North Port Police Department.

  27. Ruben G says:

    They should of seen the body from a drone copter even if he was underwater

  28. Ruben G says:

    Ok we all know that a dead body float on water . They not being being dishonest

  29. Rodina salem says:

    mpyjqe

    #von.ong

  30. T says:

    So the finders reward goes to parents?

    Snowden is still missing … just send the parents to Russia. They will come back with even the Tzar and family missing remains

  31. Laurie Kepaa says:

    The Petito Family deserves all the answers!! And the whole world it’s to suspicious to nit still investigate happy to hear that LE gave evidence but holding back till the right time!

  32. Love Wins says:

    Friendly note: ultra low volume upload

  33. Survival Resources says:

    Poor audio

  34. Mrs. Doolittle says:

    Your guyses es? I'm sorry, but public speaking and some grammar lessons are in order.

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