TOP lawyers have said that Brian Laundrie “should surrender to cops now” as the search for the fugitive intensifies.
The 23-year-old has been missing for almost a month having been named as a person of interest in relation following the death of fiancée Gabby Petito.
The FBI soon issued a warrant for his arrest after saying he "knowingly and with intent to defraud" used a bank card that was later revealed to belong to the missing woman.
And now Defence lawyers, who’s clients include David Koresh and Robert Durst, say he is best to hand himself in immediately so that his defence team can work on his remaining charges.
"Presumably, there's going to be evidence that he used the card before, and he's going to claim, presumably, that he didn't know anything had happened to her, said Mark Geragos, a leading Los Angeles–based defense lawyer to Fox News.
“Perhaps they had mixed their funds, and their funds were fungible."
Meanwhile, in light of the charge, Texas attorney Dick DeGuerin, added: "The only thing that a lawyer can do is to advise his client to surrender to the warrant."
"But nobody seems to know where he is, and that's not a good situation for the lawyer to be in because the lawyer may be getting his marching orders from the parents and not from the actual client."
According to Brian parents, Chris and Roberta the 23-year-old was last seen on September 13.
And the family lawyer, Steve Bertolino, admits that he also hasn’t been able to reach his client either for weeks and said he was would likely not be following media coverage.
"I believe Brian is still in the preserve," he said.
"And as such, I don’t think he has access to the news."
Earlier this week his dad Christopher Laundrie joined authorities in the search for his son at the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve.
The Laundrie family lawyer Steven Bertolino said in a statement that Chris Laundrie assisted police with the search effort at Carlton Reserve.
“The entire Laundrie family is grateful for the hard work of the dedicated members of law enforcement,” he said.
There have been a series of alleged sightings in multiple states as well as Mexico, Canada, and some believe he’s hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Dog the Bounty Hunter , meanwhile, is investigating the Fort de Soto campground.
Most potential leads have led to dead ends.
Meanwhile, Brian’s sister has also claimed that family attorney has "thrown her under the bus" following the passing of Gabby.
She claimed she had been told not to speak about any information they had or their conversations with law enforcement but emerged from her house with her husband Jim Lyncx as her "kids are crying."
"We are just as angry and frustrated and upset as everyone else," Cassie told the crowd, claiming that her parents are also refusing to speak to her.
"I am losing my parents and my brother and my children's aunt and my future sister-in-law on top of this."
Cassie also called on Brian to "come forward" and called him a "mediocre survivalist."
She begged her fugitive brother to "get us out of this horrible mess."
"I really wish he had come to me first that day with the van because I don't know we'd be here," Cassie said.
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