Why wasn't Brian Laundrie detained after Gabby Petito went missing?

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As Florida authorities continue to search for Gabby Petito's fiancé Brian Laundrie, many are asking why and how Laundrie was able to disappear.
Police are still searching for Brian Laundrie, the fiancé of Gabby Petito and a person of interest in her disappearance.

Laundrie's parents reported him missing just days after Petito's family reported her missing. The FBI has ruled Petito's death a homicide.

Former prosecutors told Insider what procedures or mishaps likely led to Laundrie's disappearance.

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The case of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old blogger who went missing while on a road trip with her fiancé, took a more devastating turn on Tuesday when the manner of her death was ruled a homicide.

Shortly after her family's lawyer confirmed to Insider Tuesday that human remains found in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest belonged to Petito, the FBI confirmed her death was by homicide.

Petito was reported missing by her family in New York on September 11, 10 days after her boyfriend Brian Laundrie returned home to Florida from a cross-country road trip out West in the van the couple had been driving in — but without Petito. Laundrie, who would be identified as a person of interest in Petito's disappearance, had retained a lawyer and refused to speak with authorities. At the time, Florida police did not detain Laundrie, although they said they needed to speak with him for the investigation.

"Right now we…
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