Florida police who lost Brian Laundry charged 100,000 extra time in the case
The Northport Police investigation into the disappearance and death of Gabi Pettito and Brian Laundry, which has been going on for months, is alleged to have cost more than $100,000 (£74,000) in overtime pay.
On Monday, a Northport Police Department spokesperson said that while it had not kept track of how much it was spending on its investigations, the cost of paying for the overtime exceeded $100,000 (£74,000).
Josh Taylor, Northport’s public information officer, told reporters that the $119,358 (£89,000) amount reflected more than 2,000 hours of overtime work by Northport Police Department investigators.
This was about 30 times more than in September 2020, when 105 hours of overtime cost the force $3,800 (£2,800).
according to North Port Sun And ABC7 News, Taylor said total salary costs exceeded $180,000 (£134,000) from September 2020 to September 2021.
This included more than $100,000 (£74,000) to work on investigating the couple who went missing after a road trip in August.
The North Port Police Department has launched an investigation into the disappearance of 22-year-old Ms Pettito on September 11 and was initially the lead investigative agency until mid-September.
That was when the FBI took control of the investigation, and by September 19 Pettito’s body had been found in rural Wyoming.
Laundry, who became a VIP and later a suspect in the murder of his fiancée, has disappeared from North Port, Florida.
His remains were found nearly a month later, on October 20, and Northport police were later charged with failing to monitor his whereabouts the week of his disappearance.
While a Wyoming state investigator said Ms. Pettit died of asphyxiation, an autopsy for Laundry failed to establish the cause of death.
Both Mrs. Pettito and Mr. Laundry lived with his parents in North Port, Florida.