Neighbors are frustrated. One woman right across the street from the Laundrie home told us, “No offense to you—we’re ready for you all to leave. We want this nightmare to be over.”
An understandable sentiment. Some have adjusted to this new, chaotic normal, but sometimes the reason behind it hits them with fresh sadness. It’s not just neighbors who are sad, either, as people from 10, even 50 miles away are mourning outside the Laundrie home.
While the neighborhood may not be where Petito died, it is where she lived with Laundrie. It is not a particularly young street; there are some younger parents in their 30s and 40s with young children, but very few young adults, so Gabby Petito stuck out. Not seeing her anymore and knowing why is very off-putting for many people.
“When they were first working on the van, we saw him and Gabby working on the van together,” said neighbor Karyn Aberts. “Then we knew they were gone, that’s really all we knew, because the car wasn’t there anymore… I remember noticing he was back, but I didn’t think anything about it, I just thought, ‘Oh, he’s back from a trip.’”
Aberts now knows Petito never made it back to her home. As of early Thursday morning, the Laundrie home is still shut down: lights are still off, blinds are still shut, zero movement inside and still zero word from the Laundrie family.
The mail delivery and Uber Eats drivers who have to come to this street are forced to move through a heavy, somber scene, and residents have told us they don’t think that will change until someone finds Brian Laundrie. And at this hour, for them, there’s no hope for that in sight.
Laundrie family leaves home Thursday morning
Chris and Roberta Laundrie just walked out of their North Port home and left the neighborhood in Chris’s truck, according to a Fox News reporter on the scene.
TIPS: If you have any information on the disappearance of Gabby Petito or Brian Laundrie, call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or you can submit a tip online at fbi.gov/tips.