Cops from the North Port Police Department have acknowledged a lot of “oddness” in the case of wanted fugitive Brian Laundrie vanishing from an alleged solo hike on a Sarasota County preserve amid probes, at the time, into the disappearance of his 22-year-old fiancée, Gabby Petito.

“We’ve said from the beginning there’s a lot of oddness here, a lot of things that just didn’t make sense,” North Port Police Department spokesman Josh Taylor said. “I mean, your son walks out there — now they’re saying on a Monday — to report that on a Friday and then be confused on what day that was."

His comment comes after the 23-year-old man reportedly left his family’s North Port home last month with his Mustang for a hike at the 25,000-acre alligator-infested Carlton Reserve as claimed by his parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie.

"What the family has told us is that he drove out to the park and walked out into the woods," Taylor added as he noted the oddity of Brian driving his car to the nature reserve and then his parents driving it back home, the Insider reported.

Brian, FBI's prime person of interest in Petito's homicide case, had been sought for questioning in the earlier stages of finding the 22-year-old Long Island woman.

However, he instead refused to cooperate with law enforcement, sparking more suspicions after he had returned home from their trip without his girlfriend on Sept. 1.

Authorities have been pressing on the search for Brian around the Carlton Reserve since Sept. 18, just a day after Petito's remains were recovered at a Wyoming campground on Sept. 19. Gabby's death has since been ruled as a homicide following autopsy results.

According to his parents, Brian left their North Port, Florida house on Sept. 14, and that it was not until the third day of having no contact with him that they reported him missing.

In a statement last week, family attorney Steven Bertolino confirmed the Laundries had been mistaken and clarified Brian left the house on Sept. 13, changing the previous timeline known to authorities.

The North Port Police Department has also been criticized by the public for letting Brian slip away but spokesman Taylor is adamant they are doing everything they could to solve Petito's case, according to the New York Post.

“We’re working to figure out as far as how he got away," the official said, expressing his confidence that the wanted man would soon be located by his colleagues. “I certainly think that it would not surprise me if he is [alive],” he added.

At this point, Laundrie is wanted by police over unauthorized withdrawals or charges worth more than $1,000 from his girlfriend's Capital One Bank account during her disappearance. There is no evidence yet to tie the man on Petito's killing, The Guardian noted.

Gabby Petito
Two days later on Sept. 19, FBI officials discovered the remains of Laundrie’s fiancée, Petito, at the Spread Creek dispersed camping area north of Jackson Hole in Wyoming. The horrifying discovery saw Laundrie named as a person of interest in Gabby's disappearance. Gabby Petito/Facebook

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