Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie’s sister told protesters outside her Lakewood Ranch home Monday that her family has been ignoring her following the disappearance of her brother and the death of his fiancée.
“I’m in the boat where I’m getting ignored by my family and thrown under the bus by my family’s attorney,” Cassie Laundrie said to a group of protesters Monday in video shared by TikTok user @chroniclesofolivia.
The lawyer Laundrie seemed to be referencing, Steve Bertolino blamed the media. “I do not represent Cassie Laundrie,” he told Fox News Digital in a text message Monday night. “Cassie’s comments can only be attributed to the press twisting my words and hers, which were only given to clarify prior mischaracterizations by the press, with the hopes of further sensationalizing this tragic story.”
Laundrie made her first public remarks since an ABC News interview last month to a group of protesters at her home while a manhunt is underway for her brother – the subject of a federal warrant for alleged debit card fraud.
That exposure was triggered after Duane “Dog” Chapman, also known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, uncovered evidence first that the Laundrie family went camping with Brian on Labor Day and later that Cassie visited them.
Bertolino confirmed that Cassie Laundrie met her brother and parents on Sept. 6 at the Fort De Soto Park campsite and faulted the ABC News interviewer after the fugitive’s sister said she hadn’t been able to talk to her brother.
“And I guess if you’re – what’s, just kind of as his sister, the oddest thing to you about all this, if you had to?” the interviewer asked, according to a transcript on ABC’s website.
“That I haven’t been able to talk to him,” Cassie Laundrie replied. “I wish I could talk to him.”
Bertolino took issue with the muddy phrasing of the question and said Cassie Laundrie met with Brian Laundrie on both Sept. 1 and 6.
“Any prior communication by Cassie that does not reflect these dates is simply a difference of relating an answer to a question misinterpreted by Cassie or poorly posted by the inquirer,” he said Saturday.
An FBI-led search uncovered Petito’s remains at a Wyoming campsite north of Jackson Hole on Sept. 19, five days after Brian Laundrie’s parents said they last saw him.
Brian Laundrie was seen leaving his home on Sept. 14. His parents reported him missing three days later, before the federal warrant had been announced.
But he returned home on Sept. 1 in Petito’s van – but without his fiancee. That day, Laundrie surprised his sister and her kids, she said. They ate s’mores at the campsite between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. before heading out because the children had school the next morning.
Petito had last been seen alive days earlier.
Cassie Laundrie told the protesters that her children had been crying since Saturday – when the news about the Fort De Soto Park camping trip emerged.
She said she doesn’t know how Petito died and also confirmed that her brother flew home for several days in mid- to late-August before returning to Utah just days before Petito was last seen alive. The cross-country flights had been widely rumored online for weeks.
When asked if her parents were helping Brian Laundrie evade authorities, she said, “I don’t know.”
Brian Laundrie’s whereabouts are currently unknown, but several possible sightings have been reported along the Appalachian Trail near the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, as well as parts of Florida.
Petito’s remains were found at a Wyoming campsite on Sept. 19, weeks after she was last seen alive in Jackson Hole, at a campground she was believed to have shared with Laundrie until late August.
He has not been charged in her death, which authorities ruled a homicide.