Brian Laundrie attorney Bertolino slams John Walsh after ID special on Gabby Petito case
Brian Laundrie’s attorney Steve Bertolino tore into "America’s Most Wanted" creator John Walsh Thursday, the morning after the longtime TV host aired an ID channel special on the unsolved homicide of the Florida man's former fiancée, Gabby Petito.
"Gabby Petito: ID Special Report" delved into the details surrounding the 22-year-old Petito’s slaying and Laundrie’s status as a fugitive on a federal bank fraud warrant.
For weeks, Walsh has suggested Laundrie, 23, may have taken advantage of the chaos at the southern border to cross in the opposite direction into Mexico.
GABBY PETITO AUTOPSY PAINTS GRIM PICTURE OF LAST MOMENTS, EXPERTS SAYIn the special, Walsh speculated that Laundrie might be there, in the Bahamas or hiding out along the Appalachian Trail and alleged his parents may be helping him as he remains on the lam.
"I absolutely believe that his family is helping him stay on the run," said Walsh, who also hosts "In Pursuit with John Walsh" on ID.
Bertolino snapped back at such speculation.
GABBY PETITO AND BRIAN LAUNDRIE: LIVE UPDATESThrough a spokesperson, Walsh said he had no comment on the lawyer’s attack, while Chapman issued a sharp response of his own.
"It’s ironic that Mr. Bertolino would criticize the people trying to find Brian Laundrie, unless perhaps he doesn’t want him to be found," he said.
Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue later ruled her death a homicide by manual strangulation.
Petito may have last been seen alive in public on Aug. 27 at the Merry Piglets restaurant in Jackson, according to eyewitnesses.
That same day, a travel-blogging YouTube couple spotted her van at the campsite near where investigators found her body.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPLaundrie arrived at his parents’ house alone on Sept. 1, according to authorities, but no one in his family reported Petito missing.