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Ex-homicide detective Pat Diaz slams handling of Gabby Petito case

A former Florida murder detective has criticized police for not acquiring warrants to look Brian Laundrie’s residence and digital units the day his girlfriend Gabby Petito was reported lacking.

Pat Diaz, a former Miami-Dade murder detective, informed Fox Information that investigators in North Port didn’t essentially should suspect a criminal offense as a way to receive warrants in a missing-person case.

“Why would you [try to] get consent from the man, and never get a search warrant?” Diaz informed the information outlet Sunday. “You may get a search warrant for every part in that home, together with his laptop computer.”

The previous 35-year detective added that inspecting Laundrie’s electronics would have supplied vital clues about Petito’s whereabouts earlier than her disappearance – even when no crime was suspected and her boyfriend has stored mum.

However North Port police spokesman Josh Taylor informed Fox Information that his division “has no authority to execute a potential federal search warrant on our personal.”

Former homicide detective Pat Diaz slammed the handling of the case saying that police should have obtained a warrant for Brian Laundrie.
Former murder detective Pat Diaz slammed the dealing with of the case saying that police ought to have obtained a warrant for Brian Laundrie.
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Police in Wyoming have found a body that the FBI has said is consistent with the description of Gabby Petito.
Police in Wyoming have discovered a physique that the FBI has stated is per the outline of Gabby Petito.
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He added: “I don’t see how anybody with out all of the information on this case can give you an inexpensive conclusion and opinion on the matter.”

Taylor added that investigators have nonetheless not decided whether or not a criminal offense even happened and that many particulars in regards to the case haven’t been revealed to protect the integrity of the probe.

“There isn’t any info {that a} crime happened right here in North Port. That’s our jurisdiction,” he informed the outlet.

Gabby Petito (right) and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie (left) were last seen together on a cross-country road trip. Laundrie returned to Florida alone.
Gabby Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie had been final seen collectively on a cross-country highway journey. Laundrie returned to Florida alone.
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Police Chief Todd Garrison has stated that Laundrie, who returned to his North Port residence on Sept. 1 after occurring the cross-country journey with Petito, had a constitutional proper to refuse to talk with police in regards to the case.

On Friday, the boyfriend’s dad and mom informed authorities that they’d not seen him since Tuesday.  

The FBI confirmed Sunday that the physique present in a Wyoming nationwide park is seemingly that of Petito.

Authorities are still looking for Laundrie (right) after he rebuffed talking to police and subsequently fled his parents house.
Authorities are nonetheless searching for Brian Laundrie after he rebuffed speaking to police and subsequently fled his dad and mom home.
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“Saddened and heartbroken to be taught that Gabby has been discovered deceased,” North Port police stated on Twitter. “Our focus from the beginning, together with the FBI, and nationwide companions, has been to carry her residence. We are going to proceed to work with the FBI within the seek for extra solutions.”

In the meantime, an enormous search was launched for Laundrie within the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve close to his dad and mom’ residence in North Port. The search continued Sunday till it was suspended for the day shortly earlier than 6 p.m., with no signal of the lacking 23-year-old. 

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