Brian Laundrie continues to be America’s most needed man — and that’s a label John Walsh is aware of all too nicely.
In a brand new special referred to as “Gabby Petito: ID Special Report” airing Wednesday night time, the famed “America’s Most Wanted” host weighs in on the case of Petito, 22, who was discovered lifeless after touring throughout the nation along with her boyfriend Laundrie, 23. He’s now the topic of a manhunt after going lacking in September, shortly after returning dwelling alone from the journey.
On Tuesday, the Wyoming coroner revealed that Petito’s reason for dying was guide strangulation. While the ID special emphasizes that the murder investigation is ongoing and Laundrie is harmless till confirmed responsible, Walsh talks to Florida medical expert Patricia Aronica, who reveals in the present that guide strangulation is “a very personal way to kill someone.”
“Usually it’s someone you know well, who has been close and in your personal space,” Aronica added.
Walsh speculates that Laundrie is at the moment being aided and abetted by his mother and father. “I absolutely believe that his family is helping him stay on the run,” he says
Walsh, who additionally hosts ID’s “In Pursuit With John Walsh,” moreover reveals that his personal present’s hotline has been flooded with suggestions regarding possible sightings of Brian Laundrie.
Naturally, not all of them are dependable.
“We’ve got people from all over the world calling saying that Martians got him and took him to another planet, and he’s inside hiding in an alligator in a Louisiana swamp,” Walsh says in the special. But he’s additionally gotten “solid” suggestions of sightings of in the Bahamas — which Laundrie might have accessed from Florida by way of ferry, Walsh explains — and in Mexico.
“We’ve had over a thousand solid tips to the ‘In Pursuit’ hotline. Most of them are about my theory of his father driving him to the Mexican border and letting him go through Mexico. It’s a great time to be heading south, because [there are] thousands of refugees … I mean, he could walk across the border naked with his hair on fire, and nobody would notice him,” Walsh says. “I think that’s maybe where he’s hiding — and somebody might be helping him.”
However, Walsh additionally stated he received a tip from an unnamed former good friend of Petito and Laundrie’s, who stated that Laundrie “bragged about living on the Appalachian trail for three months out of a backpack.”
Walsh concludes, “We got a lot of tips about the Appalachian trail,” though he personally believes that Laundrie is in Mexico.
In addition to discussing Laundrie’s whereabouts, “Gabby Petito: ID Special Report” dives into an evaluation of the function that social media has performed in amplifying this case, the problem of media protection overlooking lacking black, indigenous and different folks of shade, and the problem of home violence.
Walsh, together with home violence specialists comparable to One Love CEO Katie Hood, posit that Petito may need been saved if a social employee had accompanied cops after they responded to an Aug. 12 incident involving a home dispute between Petito and Laundrie whereas they traveled via Utah.
“Gabby Petito: ID Special Report” airs Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 9 p.m.