Fledgling think tank claims T.I.’s dad bought his son’s phone weeks before he went missing

As part of a formal search for missing young athlete Brian Laundrie, T.I. Hart, a lawyer representing the family, has provided evidence that what one internet user has claimed about the 19-year-old is an…

Fledgling think tank claims T.I.’s dad bought his son’s phone weeks before he went missing

As part of a formal search for missing young athlete Brian Laundrie, T.I. Hart, a lawyer representing the family, has provided evidence that what one internet user has claimed about the 19-year-old is an outright lie.

“There are certain things that haven’t been disputed: Mr. Laundrie was a college student. He had a strong family. He was passionate about sports,” Hart told KTVI’s Alison S. Hughes on Thursday. “That is certain fact. What hasn’t been disputed is that Brian didn’t report to work that day. Brian wasn’t in a family battle with anybody. If anything, he was happy that he had gotten back home.”

The U.S. Marshals Service joined the local police forces in investigating the case after Hart released the document from an anonymous source over the weekend alleging that Laundrie had recently been paid for a cell phone purchase he did on the day he went missing, days after returning home from a cross-country trip. After the claim garnered attention, KTVI began investigating further. According to the police, Laundrie returned home on May 19, hours after he was expected to attend a tournament for his club football team at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Laundrie and his cell phone never returned home.

In the court documents, Hart provided evidence showing that Laundrie purchased a phone — an HTC Desire HD — from a company called Fleet Wireless on May 17. The receipt indicates that Laundrie paid for the phone using a credit card belonging to his mother. “That seems to be consistent with what’s been said, that he went and bought the phone three days later. We don’t have any evidence on that phone, we don’t have a SIM card,” Hart said. “But that does raise some questions.”

According to the document, Hart’s client actually purchased the phone on May 20 using a MasterCard belonging to his father. Upon checking the purchaser’s information, though, it was discovered that Laundrie’s dad had died just a few months before the purchase, and Laundrie was not able to get a credit card because his card had been shut down. That enabled the purchase to be made without his signature.

As of now, no foul play has been ruled out in the matter, and Hart said his client continues to cooperate with the police.

Read the full story at KTVI.

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