Social media users criticize internet personality Tana Mongeau for spreading conspiracy theories that Brian Laundrie’s body was misidentified.
Miss Mongeau, 22, has a reasonable level of influence online, with 7 million subscribers on TikTok and around 5.5 million subscribers on YouTube. She first posted on Twitter on Friday, âI know Brian Laundrie shot a Joe Goldberg,â referring to the fictional psychopathic protagonist of the hit Netflix TV series. You who simulates his own death.
The initial message did not resonate well online, with other users calling it for spreading false rumors. âStop using someone’s crime / murder as a joke to get likes on social media,â one person replied. âIt tastes incredibly bad,â said another.
Despite the backlash, Miss Mongeau doubled down on her theory in a TikTok video, which has now been viewed about 3.5 million times.
âI’m not kidding. I really think something was placed there to make people think the leftovers were him,â she said on Tuesday.
Autopsy reports confirmed that Laundrie’s dental records matched those of the remains found on October 20 on the Carlton Reservation in Florida. Laundrie was seen as a person of interest in the case of Gabby Petito, whose body was found on September 19 after her disappearance in late August. Petito was killed by manual strangulation, her death was considered a homicide.
Miss Mongeau said on her video that “news sources have confirmed” that the body found was not that of Laundrie, “I guarantee you it is like Paris, France, at the moment he is living his life. better life by getting a croissant, âshe continued.
“Why were his remains found 24 hours after his parents started searching?” Miss Mongeau asks in the clip. “Because he is not dead.”
Her rumors are supported by other rumors: “There are rumors that the funeral, which two people allegedly attended, are going to be canceled,” she said.
Fox News anchor Nancy Grace said in a news segment on Sunday that the circumstances of Laundrie’s death were “all very vague.” Laundrie’s initial autopsy report is inconclusive as to the cause of his death.
No DNA analysis has yet been performed on the remains, but police have refuted “false reports” that the skeletal remains found in Florida did not match his DNA.
“The identity of the remains found on the Carlton reserve on October 20 has been confirmed by comparison with known dental records of Brian Laundrie,” a statement from the North Port Police Department said on Tuesday.
“The leftover samples will be completed once the examination of the remains by the medical examiner’s office is complete.”