Brian Laundrie's parents may have struck a deal with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to avoid jail time, claims one former agent.
According to Stuart Kaplan, he believes Christopher and Roberta Laundrie have agreed to fully cooperate with the FBI in exchange for total immunity.
Kaplan spoke to Daily Mail and revealed that investigators most likely gave Brian's parents an ultimatum: "help us find Brian or face years behind bars yourselves."
"There's no doubt that Brian Laundrie's parents are fully engaged with law enforcement," the ex-agent told the outlet. "I do believe that there was some sort of agreement where they accepted immunity in exchange for their full cooperation."
Kaplan, who is now a criminal defense attorney, says he believes Christopher and Roberta have always felt the need to protect their son.
"I think from the very beginning that Brian Laundrie's parents were torn between wanting to protect their son and not wanting to cross a line that would put them in the crosshairs of law enforcement," he told Daily Mail.
While the FBI has not revealed any deal with the Laundries, the couple did join law enforcement at the Carlton Reserve on Wednesday and were on site when human remains believed to be Brian's were found.
Christopher and Roberta's every move has been under a microscope since Brian's fiancée Gabby Petito was reported missing on September 11.
Internet sleuths also find it bizarre that human remains were found at the 25,000-acre park the day his parents decided to help, noting officers have been searching the area for 5 weeks.
After it was pointed out that Brian's father and mother had left the house four times from when the park connecting to the Carlton Reserve was reopened to the public and when their son's possessions and possible remains were found, sleuths went wild.
Christopher and Roberta's lawyer, Steven Bertolino, later scoffed at the idea that his clients had planted Brian's possessions at the scene.
"In nice terms, it's hogwash," their lawyer told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Wednesday. "Chris and Roberta went to this area first and, as happenstance was, they stumbled upon these items."
As Radar reported, Christopher found a bag containing items of Brian's during the search. Law enforcement found a backpack on the other side of the trail near where officers found human remains.