Brian Laundrie's parents face potential legal consequences: Mark Geragos

Brian Laundrie's family could face legal action after authorities discover the 23-year-old's remains, famous criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos said.
The FBI confirmed Thursday that the remains recovered from Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port, Florida were in fact laundry after comparing the dental records.
"Based on what we know so far ... the only revelation would be potential liability either after the federal warrant was issued or if he was on the run," Geragos told Fox News, meaning that Laundrie's parents are likely only charged with one crime committed after the Wyoming US District Court issued a federal detention warrant for her son.
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Laundrie was a person interested in the murder of his fiancée Gabby Petito and was about to make fraudulent debit card purchases valued at approximately $ 1,000 between August 30 and September 1.
The Wyoming District Court issued a state arrest warrant for Laundrie on September 23. Petito's parents claimed that Laundrie "stole" their daughter's credit card.
Laundrie and Petito were driving across country in a Ford Transit Van before the 22-year-old woman disappeared. Laundrie returned to her Florida home on September 1, where he lived with his parents and Petito for about a year, without them on September 1. Her parents say they were walled in by the laundries and that Petito was eventually reported missing on September 11th.
Laundrie's parents had hired attorney Steven Bertolino when the Florida police arrived on their doorstep. The laundries reported Brian missing on September 17, but later clarified that they had last seen their son on September 13.
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"When people speculated early on that [Laundrie] parents had done various things to help [Laundrie], they said he was exposed," Gregaros said of the now deceased refugee. "And I just thought it was a lot of chatter."
He added that Bertolino's testimony that the laundries gave law enforcement a "break" on Tuesday evening - the day before law enforcement discovered her son's remains - of their intention to search the park on Wednesday. Bertolino confirmed at the time that when he searched areas Brian frequently visited, "some items belonging to Brian were found".
The laundries, which claimed their son went to Myakkahatchee on September 13, left their north port for the environmental park on Wednesday morning. Law enforcement officers arrived at the park shortly afterwards, and on Wednesday afternoon police officers discovered some of Brian Laundrie's belongings as well as his remains.
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FBI Tampa Special Agent Michael McPherson said Thursday that Laundrie's items were "found in an area that until recently was underwater."
Geragos questioned the timing of events between Laundrie's parents who notified law enforcement that they were looking for Brian and the discovery of his belongings.
"Allegedly they found not only a backpack and a notebook, but also his remains within a very short time," said the defense lawyer. "... That will rekindle my suspicions of what their involvement might or might not have been."
He added that if he were in the laundries position, he would "hold back" and make no further statements.
If authorities believe that Laundrie's parents “did everything they could to support the flight” after the Wyoming court issued an arrest warrant for their son, “there may be an exposure,” Geragos said.
If Laundrie confesses to his parents "before fleeing," it could also be potentially "problematic," Geragos said. However, such a result is purely speculative, emphasized the lawyer.
Michael Ruiz and Stephanie Pagones of Fox News contributed to this report.
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