BRIAN Laundrie’s dad “showed no emotion” when getting gas or mowing the lawn after coroners ruled that Gabby Petito died from strangulation, a body language expert says.
The fugitive’s dad Chris Laundrie was snapped last week at a fuel station while drone footage appeared to show a woman, who sleuths claim to be Roberta Laundrie, gardening in the backyard.
Laundrie's dad Chris seemed to ignore the journalists’ questions while he was being quizzed at a gas station.
Body language expert Patti Wood told The Sun: “He's (Chris) making a choice just to go on with the activity and ignore the journalists who are asking questions.
“I see that resignation in the way he’s holding the lawnmower. I’m resigned to carrying out that task. He’s trying not to show any emotion.”
The search to find Laundrie has entered its fifth week and sleuths wildly claimed that the fugitive may be hiding under his parents’ flower beds after “drone footage appeared to show suspicious movements”.
Footage appears to show a woman, who "online detectives" claim to be Laundrie’s mom, gardening and working on one of her flowerbeds.
The conspiracy theory is just one of many that have gained traction as the manhunt for Laundrie continues.
Wood said: “In grief and stress, people do go about their normal activities so it’s not unusual for people to do things that maintain their life.
"The way the woman passes the shovel seems a little bit shallow. It makes us curious – it seems odd.”
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Online sleuths bizarrely claimed they noticed a white-colored square pit in the garden, fueling allegations that Laundrie may be hiding in an underground bunker.There's no evidence to support this claim.
Footage shows the fugitive's parents Chris and Roberta picking up laundry baskets from their lawn and removing a poster that stated: “Remember me, Gabby Petito”.
They also retrieved a package from their mailbox, Fox13 reports.
'IT SEEMS ODD'
At one point during the clip, Chris says: “Just let me do it.”
Wood said: “What we’re seeing is that they’re carrying on and we’re not going to give anything out. We’re not going to show any emotion.”
She noted that Chris appeared to give a slight shoulder shrug when asked if he has been truthful throughout the FBI's probe.
Wood added: “He flings his hand and arm out, down and away. He brings his shoulder up and he tilts his head and shoulder. That indicates some dissonance with the question. He’s either shrugging it off or he’s not in agreement. They are two very different things.”
There is no evidence to suggest that the Laundrie family has lied to the FBI in any way.
Steven Bertolino, the Laundrie family lawyer, had no comment when approached by The Sun.
Laundrie was reported missing on September 17 and cops continue to search for the fugitive.
He allegedly told his parents that he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota, Florida.
SEARCH GOES ON
FBI detectives, cops, and K9s have scoured the alligator-infested nature reserve for weeks but there have been no signs of the fugitive.
The search has already been scaled back but if the fugitive isn’t immediately found, then cops may have to pull resources from the investigation.
Senior Sacramento cop Paul Belli said: "If you only have so much available to you, there is a point where you have to make that tough decision … and actually look at that objectively and say, 'We've done what we can currently, let's move into another mode'.
"There just comes a point where you just don't have the manpower and resources to continue that type of a search."
Experts told CNN the investigation is still years away from becoming a cold case.
There have been several alleged sightings of Laundrie, including in parts of Florida, Montana, and Mexico. Most potential leads have led to dead ends.
Meanwhile, coroners in Wyoming ruled that Gabby died from strangulation.
Teton County coroner Dr. Brent Blue said Gabby’s predicted death was three to four weeks before her body was discovered at a campsite.
The doctor confirmed that YouTuber was not pregnant at the time of her death.
He added that a toxicology report was unable to be released at this time.
Dr Blue told reporters that DNA samples had been taken from the body by law enforcement.
Laundrie was declared a person of interest last month by cops. He was not named a suspect.
But, Gabby’s mom Nichole Schmidt wants Laundrie to be jailed for the rest of his life.
She told 60 Minutes: “He is a coward. I just want to get him in a cell for the rest of his life
"I don’t want to say he is insane or anything, he went home, he’s hiding.
“I mean, that’s not someone who has gone crazy. He knows what he is doing.”
Cops issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie, accusing him of swiping a Capital One debit card between August 31 to September 1.
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