BRIAN Laundrie could be mailing letters to his parents using code words to evade police capture, according to a former fugitive.
Seth Ferranti spent two years on the run in the early 1990s and was previously on the US Marshals’ most wanted list.
While there is no evidence the Laundries are in any contact with their son, Ferranti told The Sun "it is definitely possible" for fugitives to use “letters in the post” to communicate with loved ones.
"It is a way to keep up communication and let his parents know he is ok," Ferranti added.
Ferranti, who disappeared between 1991 and 1993 after facing nonviolent drug trafficking charges, added: "If Brian spoke to his parents before they could have chosen code words."
Chris and Roberta Laudrie did not report their son missing until September 17, telling police they had last seen him on September 14.
It later transpired Laundrie had been missing since September 13 after it was revealed his parents gave the incorrect date for when he allegedly disappeared into the Carlton Reserve.
He had returned home from his cross country trip without fiancee Gabby Petito on September 1.
Laundrie lawyer Steven Bertolino told WFLA: "The Laundries were basing the date Brian left on their recollection of certain events.”
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Brian's dad Chris was pictured collecting his mail on October 8.
There is no evidence to suggest Brian is still in contact with his parents or that they are helping him evade capture.
The Sun has contacted Laundrie family lawyer for comment. North Port police said they cannot comment on the claims.
Ferranti said: "They had a lot of time to plan that before he went missing. If he came back and they knew he was in trouble.
"It does not matter what you do, your parents will always love you.
"Somebody else could be writing to them, it could be on a computer from any FedEx, library.
"There are all kinds of ways to do and to remain undetected.
"It seems to me that they had plenty of time to do that"
The former fugitive said he used pay phones when he was on the run, telling his mom to call the number at a certain time and day while he waited at the location.
Ferranti, who spent two years on the run and is behind new show WHITE BOY, which is currently airing on Netflix, said: "When I did it I had someone relay pay phone numbers to my mum.
"I found someone in Virginia to get these numbers to my mum and gave her a window to call between.
"I would then stay by the pay phone during these times.
'That might be harder now because there aren't as many pay phones.
"But they easily could have come up with code words and secret messages.
"Even when I was in prison everything was through letters and codes were used. You can write anything."
Online sleuths have also speculated that Brian could be writing to his parents.
One wrote: "What if your missing son wrote you a letter."
Ferranti previously told The Sun Laundrie could be hiding with friends or a relative.
Gabby's body was found in a Wyoming national park on September 19.
Laundrie is wanted by the FBI because he allegedly took Gabby Petito's debit card and spent $1,000 to return to Florida without her on September 1.
Petito family lawyer Richard Stafford claimed on Tuesday that Brian “stole her credit [debit per warrent] card.
“He used her credit card to get home and then ran from the police.”
Laundrie family lawyer Bertolino said in a statement when the warrant was issued that it focused on "activities occurring after the death of Gabby Petito and not related to her actual demise."
"The FBI is focusing on locating Brian and when that occurs the specifics of the charges covered under the indictment will be addressed in the proper forum," he added.
Detectives continue to scour the Carlton Reserve while Dog the Bounty Hunter investigates the Fort de Soto campground.
It’s reported that the Laundrie family stayed at the campsite on September 6 – days after he returned to the state.
Ferranti added: "One slip up and he is pretty much done for.
"Police are waiting for that one big break. Once they have that they are pretty much going to get you within days.
"I would say turn yourself in Brian."
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