Protesters swarmed outside Brian Laundrie's Florida home Monday, blaming the 23-year-old's parents for not aiding police in the search for their runaway son as cops scaled back their hunt for the prime suspect in Gabby Petito's murder in an alligator-infested reserve.
'We know you're involved,' one of about a dozen protesters declared through the piercing resonance of a megaphone, pacing at the edge of Christopher and Roberta Laundrie's front yard in North Port - five miles from the nearby swampy reserve that police and federal agents are currently combing in search of their son.
'If you got nothing to hide, you would come out and tell the truth,' a protester proclaimed.
'Your silence is guilt!' he shouted.
A crowd of protesters congregated outside fugitive Brian Laundrie's Florida home Monday, chiding the 23-year-old fugitive's parents for not aiding police in the search for their son
The protesters brandished megaphones, pacing at the perimeter of the Laundrie home, shouting piercing remarks at the runaway's parents
The protests come on the heels of the North Port Police Department's announcement that the search for Laundrie in Sarasota County's Carlton Reserve - where Laundrie was last seen two weeks ago - would be scaled back due to safety concerns and handed over to the FBI, and after celebrity fugitive finder Dog the Bounty Hunter also visited the Laundrie's suburban home.
'I don’t think you’re going to see those large-scale types of efforts this week,' North Port Police spokesperson Josh Taylor announced Monday.
'The FBI is now leading the search. I'm told,' Taylor added. 'It will be scaled back and targeted based on intelligence. Hopefully, water will lower in areas hard to currently access.'
The clamorous outdoor campaign also comes two days after reality star Dog the Bounty Hunter paid the Laundries a very public visit, dramatically marching up their driveway and repeatedly pounding on their door until police were eventually called.
Florida police and federal agents are currently combing the swampy terrain of the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, but have scaled back their efforts due to the inherent danger of the park's geography
The search for Laundrie has been underway for nearly two weeks, with even helicopters being commissioned to fly over the reserve - however, investigators have come up empty in their efforts thus far
Reality star Dog the Bounty Hunter has dramatically joined the hunt for fugitive Brian Laundrie - exclusively vowing to DailyMail.com: 'I will find him'
The TV tough guy then announced Monday that he's received more than 1,000 tips since joining the search for Laundrie, exclusively telling DailyMail.com: 'I can't tell you more but we are getting leads every ten minutes.'
Asked if he was confident of solving the mystery of the missing Laundrie's whereabouts, Chapman