Gabby Petito sleuths claim Brian Laundrie’s mom has BURNER PHONE to call him
GABBY Petito web detectives have claimed that Brian Laundrie's mother is using a BURNER PHONE to secretly contact her missing son.
The unsubstantiated online chatter claims that Roberta Laundrie has been in constant communication with her son who has been missing since he "headed for a hike" on September 14.
It followed a string of alleged screen grabs shared by internet sleuths that appear to show FBI associates – namely Dog the Bounty Hunter's daughter Lyssa Chapman – engaging in conversation about the theory that has since done the rounds online.
However, it has not been suggested by any official source that Mrs Laundrie is using the burner phone to communicate with her son.
"We do not confirm or deny contact with any individual or entity in order to preserve their privacy, as such, we do not confirm or deny the receipt of any tip" the FBI said, according to Tampa 10 reporter Shannon Clowe.
"We have no additional comment, they added."
Since Laundrie's disappearance, sleuths have closely monitored his social media pages, claiming the 23-year-old fugitive is active online having unfollowed several people on Instagram.
One theory pointing to his supposed possession of a burner phone came as users spotted changes to his Spotify and Instagram accounts.
They insisted they had proof that Laundrie allegedly created a Spotify playlist called 'Selfconsomption' shortly after Gabby Petito vanished.
Online sleuths then allege that the playlist's name had changed to 'Nomatic Statik' – the name of the travel YouTube channel that Laundrie, 23, and Gabby, 22, created.
Another wild conspiracy that had been tossed around is that Laundrie may be hiding on a boat to evade police after claims circulated on Twitter that he went live on Instagram for a matter of seconds on September 13.
A clip circulating on Twitter appears to show a body of water and the side of a green vessel before abruptly cutting out.
Viewers of the clip are attempting to claim that Laundrie "accidentally" went live on Instagram before realizing and hastily cutting off the feed.
However, much of this was quickly dismissed as the Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino, confirmed that the 23-year-old left his home without his wallet or cellphone on the day he disappeared.
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So far, alleged sightings of Laundrie have been reported in Mexico, Canada, Venice Park, and Baker, Florida.
Cops have mainly searched the Carlton Reserve where he was believed to be heading to when he disappeared.
Police, FBI agents, and K9s have since combed over the 24,000-acre nature reserve for more the week without success.
The reserve is believed to be infested with alligators, poisonous snakes and mosquitoes and has thick foliage, complicating the search.
Laundrie and Patito were roughly two months into a four-month adventure when Laundrie returned to his Florida home with their van on September 1.
The "free-spirited" Long Island native Gabby was last seen on August 24, checking out of a hotel with fiancé Brian Laundrie in Salt Lake City, Utah.
An autopsy performed on September 25 confirmed that the body of Gabby had been found in Wyoming, just over a month after she initially disappeared.
A massive search operation is now continuing for her 23-year-old boyfriendas Police have enlisted the help of reality star dog the Bounty Hunter
Yesterday he claimed that the Police have a thousand leads of his whereabouts – believing that he is not in the swamps.
It followed a series of theories that included that he may be using canoes and "jumping from island to island" from island to island in order to evade detection.
The Dog claimed: "There’s a lot of little islands around the area where we’re at, that he could get to on a canoe."
"We talked to the caretakers today of the islands, they said he could be out here," he added.
Meanwhile, the family undertook a press conference yesterday slamming Brian's actions.
Gabby's family attorney attacked Brian Laundrie, asking him to turn himself in, and said that the Laundrie family "did not help find Gabby so they will not help find Brian."
The family also mentioned starting the Gabby Petito foundation to assist in other missing person cases.
It came after the FBI had issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie as he's accused of swiping a Capital One debit card and running up a $1,000 balance from August 31 until September 1.
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