Brian Laundrie's family issue statement as search due to be scaled back
Gabby Petito was murdered in recent weeks.
The family of Brian Laundrie have issued a statement regarding their son's whereabouts, stating that they do not know where he is.
Laundrie vanished some days after the disappearance and murder of his girlfriend, YouTuber Gabby Petito, began gaining international traction.
Gabby, 22, was reported missing after failing to return home from a road trip with Laundrie. Her remains were discovered at a campsite in Wyoming and her death has been ruled a homicide.
The FBI has since issued a warrant for Laundrie's arrest for his "activities following the death of Gabrielle Petito." The warrant pertains to credit card fraud.
Laundrie's family lawyer Steven P. Bertolino has since released a new statement on behalf of the family. It reads: "Chris and Roberta Laundrie do not know where Brian is. They are concerned about Brian and hope the FBI can locate him.
"The speculation by the public and some in the press that the parents assisted Brian in leaving the family home or in avoiding arrest on a warrant that was issued after Brian had already been missing for several days is just wrong."
Laundrie disappeared from his home after refusing to speak to authorities during the initial search for missing Petito. His parents first told investigators he had gone hiking in Florida's Carlton Reserve.
The search for Laundrie is now set to be scaled back as the FBI are due to take over the case.
Gabby's funeral took place over the weekend. Her father Joe told mourners to take inspiration from his daughter, and to "take a trip now, if you have the time."
"If there is a relationship that you’re in that might not be the best thing for you, leave it now. Take care of yourself first," he added.
"Gabby is the most amazing person I’ve ever met. So, if you’re going to leave here today, I’m asking that you guys be inspired by the way she treated people, all people."