O’Fallon, IL. — A missing woman’s family including her new husband and his parents reported their car off of Interstate 4 while heading home from a wedding in Florida, and they followed the vehicle by wire while it was traveled hundreds of miles, until agents with the FBI arrested Brian Laundrie on a murder warrant a few hours later.
According to the Sun Herald, FBI agents recognized the black Buick Century that Laundrie was driving heading south and pulled it over on I-4 near Genesee Street in O’Fallon, Illinois, just before 10 a.m. It’s the exact time the News4Jax’s Mario Diaz reported Brian Laundrie was pulled over by law enforcement.
Brian Laundrie, 32, of Holly Hill, Florida was arrested. His parents Gary and Phyllis Laundrie were also traveling in the car, and posted a picture of the couple and five bags of Laundrie’s belongings on Facebook before being pulled over.
The reasons behind why they were pulled over remained unclear as of Sunday. Gary Laundrie told the Sun Herald that his son had just been accused of killing Shana Brandt Shelton, his new wife. The couple was married on May 20, just two days after their Illinois wedding. Shelton had not been seen since Sunday morning.
Shelton was married to Brian Laundrie for about a year. She and the Laundries live in Holly Hill.
It is not clear if Brian Laundrie had been arrested and it is unknown why his parents were pulled over.
A FBI spokesman refused to comment on the case because of Laundrie’s privacy rights, as he is only one of 11 victims of the well-known Hollywood serial killer, John Wayne Gacy. Laundrie’s family released a statement in response to the arrest.
“Our family is devastated by the sudden loss of our beloved daughter, Shana Shelton,” the statement said. “She was a kind, loving and extremely loyal person. We are shocked and devastated by the allegations against Brian Laundrie. We ask for everyone’s prayers for Shana and her family.”
Laundrie has an extensive criminal history including illegal possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of ammunition. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the murder of two other people and is being held without bond.
Gary Laundrie said his son has been cooperating with investigators. Laundrie and his parents have been under observation as a part of Laundrie’s ongoing bail hearing. Family members said Laundrie would turn himself in if he learned there was an arrest warrant.
“It would seem to be pretty outrageous,” his mother, Phyllis Laundrie said, referring to Brian Laundrie’s arrest without a warrant.
The Sun Herald said they were forced to make the decision to follow the car, however, he continued his sentencing at his bond hearing.
The Laundries said they followed Brian Laundrie because they were concerned. They had been notified by Brian Laundrie’s attorney, however they said they never considered breaking the law.