Brian Laundrie, the only real particular person of curiosity in the demise of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, was a chubby misfit and loner whereas in school — and was not into social media till the couple launched into their ill-fated cross-country travels.
A longtime pal of the 23-year-old fugitive told the Sun that Laundrie was a “heavier-set social outcast” as a 14-year-old, when he weighed virtually 40 kilos greater than in the present day.
“These last two years were the most public and open he has ever been. He’s a pretty disconnected off-the-grid type of guy — not the selfie type,” the good friend informed the news outlet.
“He’s the type of person that would be able to drop everything to secure his means of not being captured and to evade arrest or evade prosecution from what seems to be a pending crime,” the pal mentioned.
In center school, the good friend added, Laundrie had “zero friends” and was “very quiet.”
“He was a bit of an outcast when he was younger. He was just so to himself,” they mentioned, including that “Brian cut his hair and lost weight in high school.”
The pal additionally famous that weapons had been a typical curiosity amongst Laundrie’s small circle of buddies in Bayport, Long Island.
“The gun laws in Florida were a lot less restrictive than New York so it was interesting for him to move to another state that allowed that,” the good friend informed the Sun, including that he’s “freaked out” in regards to the chance that Laundrie will contact him whereas on the run.
“The reason it would be me is his other very close friends were also very close with Gabby but I was just very close with him,” the good friend informed the outlet.
“He might think I wouldn’t hold some stigma or I wouldn’t care about the matter. I get calls from unknown numbers and from blocked callers and my heart drops. I just think it’s gonna be him on the other side — you never know,” the pal mentioned.
Laundrie disappeared final month after his mother and father claimed he went for a hike on the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve, the place authorities have been looking since Sept. 18.
He had returned dwelling with out his 22-year-old girlfriend on Sept. 1, practically three weeks earlier than her physique was discovered at a Wyoming campground on Sept. 19.
The fugitive has not been charged in Petito’s demise however is known as on a federal arrest warrant for allegedly utilizing her stolen financial institution card after she disappeared.