North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor made the declare to PEOPLE whereas discussing a blunder the division made misidentifying Mr Laundrie.
“Apart from confusion, it possible modified nothing. There’s a excellent chance that Brian was already deceased,” Mr Taylor mentioned. “He nonetheless wanted to be discovered. We simply needed folks to higher perceive why we thought we knew Brian was in his dwelling.”
Mr Taylor was including context to the revelation earlier this week that the officers with the division mistook Mr Laundrie’s mom, Roberta, for her son within the days after Ms Petito was reported lacking.
Officers noticed Ms Laundrie in a baseball cap driving her son’s silver Mustang and believed the girl was truly Mr Laundrie.
This was the reason supplied when reporters requested why North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison advised them on 16 September that he knew the place Mr Laundrie was situated.
In actuality, Mr Laundrie left his dwelling “very upset” on 12 September, in keeping with the household’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino. In response to Mr Taylor, it’s possible Mr Laundrie was already lifeless on the time of the chief’s press convention.
Mr Taylor pointed blame for the mix-up on the Laundrie household, saying their refusal to cooperate with police made it tough for them to maintain observe of their son and noting that Mr Laundrie and his mom had been “constructed” equally.
Mr Bertolino rejected that clarification in an announcement given to ABC 7.
“Everybody makes errors,” he wrote. “However Brian and Roberta will not be ‘constructed’ the identical. Furthermore, it was NPPD that put the ticket on the Mustang on the park and in the event that they noticed Brian depart on Monday within the Mustang, which is information to me, then they need to have been watching the Mustang and the park beginning on Monday and they might have recognized it was Chris and Roberta that retrieved the Mustang from the park.
“Now to be clear, none of this may occasionally have made a distinction with respect to Brian’s life nevertheless it actually would have prevented the entire false accusations levelled by so many in opposition to Chris and Roberta with respect to ‘hiding’ Brian or in any other case financing an ‘escape.’ In the long run, LE searchers did their greatest to find Brian and their efforts are appreciated.”
He went on to show the blame again onto the police division for shedding observe of somebody they had been presumably surveilling.
“I concur with Mr. Taylor that Brian might have already been deceased when NPPD realised that they ‘misplaced observe’ of him. Nevertheless, you may’t blame the household as a result of the police didn’t know sufficient to comply with somebody they had been clearly surveilling,” he wrote.
“This can be a tragedy for 2 households and any errors made by anybody or any entity concerned needs to be acknowledged and used to coach or educate others so the errors will not be repeated.”