Mystery over man captured in pic of Brian Laundrie's family condo as PI fears fugitive may still 'have keys'

A MYSTERY has emerged over a man captured in pictures of a condo formerly owned by Brian Laundrie's family as a private investigator fears the fugitive may still have keys.

Chris and Roberta Laundrie were listed as the owners of a two-bedroom apartment in Venice, Florida, until July, just weeks before Gabby Petito was last seen.

The couple bought the condo, located about 18 miles from their North Port home, in 2015 for $99,000, according to records.

They placed it on the market this summer while Laundrie was already on his cross-country trip with fiancée Gabby. 

The condo was reportedly sold after only two weeks on the market on July 30 for $144,000. 

It is unclear who lived in the home while it was owned by the Laundrie family. 

It is also unclear if the unit is currently occupied after the sale or if it is vacant. 

Pictures posted to when the condo was for sale have sparked a mystery as they show a man hidden by a camera taking the photos.

The man is hidden by the flash reflected from mirrors as he takes photos of the bathroom.

Another picture appears to show Roberta Laundrie standing in a hallway.

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Local private investigator Bill Warner fears that Laundrie may have returned to the Venice home after he disappeared last month.

Maps also show a wooded area behind the building.

“I really think he is in the Venice, Florida, area. The father had a condo he sold on July 30 while Brian was on the road,” Warner told The Sun. 

“Brian could have a key or hide in that area as he knows the area and is comfortable in that area.”

Warner also referenced other pictures from the realtor listing that he claims are evidence showing Laundrie was there.

“The man's racing bike in the condo in Venice unit that Chris Laundrie sold on 7/30/2021 is a young man's bike,” he claimed. 

“The old dated condo furniture does not fit with the bike. Also, this is a 2nd-floor walk-up unit.

“The bike's owner would have to carry the bike up and down the stairs, not an older person's bike.

“Brian Laundrie is known to ride a bike,” he added. 

“Somebody is financing and sheltering Brian's 30 days on the run, not him, he was broke when he came back from Wyoming on Sept 1st, 2021, he had to use Gabby Petito debit card to pay for trip back.”

It is not clear when the pictures were taken.


The FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie’s arrest on September 24 for misuse of a bank card that wasn’t his own.

Gabby’s family revealed that the card belonged to her. 

Warner’s latest claims follow a string of reported sightings of Laundrie across the country. 

He has not been named a suspect in Gabby's death but he is a person of interest.

A K9 unit was brought into the Carlton Reserve on Thursday two days after Gabby’s cause of death was revealed as “manual strangulation.” 

The manhunt for Laundrie continued in the Venice side of the reserve, according to NewsNation.  

His parents claim he went for a hike in the area on September 13 but did not return. 


It was two days after Gabby’s family first reported her missing and two weeks since he returned to Florida alone in her van.  

The family did not report him missing until September 17 and Gabby’s remains were found in Wyoming two days later. 

The Laundrie family’s story has been criticized after they changed their initial timeline which claimed they last saw him on September 14, and after it was revealed they drove home the Mustang he reportedly used to get to the Carlton Reserve. 

It was also later reported that this car was found 16 miles from the reserve where they claimed Laundrie went hiking. 

It was instead found at 6968 Reisterstown Road in the Myakkahatchee Environmental Park. 

This location is also about 18 miles from the condo in Venice on the opposite side of the park. 

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