Police admit they made a mistake while his parent's house was under surveillance. A big mistake. They thought Brian Laundrie's mom was him.
North Port Police Department had to acknowledge that their surveillance officers saw Brian leaving his parent's house and driving off in his Ford Mustang. A few days later, the Mustang came back. The driver got out and walked in the house. Police thought it was Brian coming home. It wasn't. It was his mom, Roberta Laundrie.
North Port Police Department spokesperson Josh Taylor said in an interview with WINK TV, "They are built kind of similarly,"
"No case is perfect"
Wow. I don't know who should be insulted more. Roberta Laundrie or the late Brian Laundrie?
Brian Laundrie, the man, was a suspect in his former fiance Gabby Petito's strangulation death. She was found dead in a Wyoming forest. Before that, he returned to his parents home in Florida. Brian was driving the van he and Gabby traveled in for the summer. She was not with him and was missing (until her body was discovered weeks later).
This explains one of the big questions in the investigation. "We thought that we had seen Brian come back into the home," Taylor said. But since it was actually his mom, Brian was gone two days before police noticed it wasn't him in the house.