07.12.2021

Brian Laundrie neighbour says family went camping days after he returned from trip

Police searching for Brian Laundrie in the 25,000 acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida, continued the hunt for him on Wednesday, calling in dive teams and boats to assist the search. They are now calling on the public to help with the hunt. Mr Laundrie is considered a person of interest.

They eventually called off the search for the day tweeted that it will resume on Thursday.

Gabby Petito’s family slammed the lawyer representing the Laundrie family, demanding he remove photos of the woman from his Yelp page on threat of legal action and calling his statement after her body was found “disgusting.” On Wednesday, the FBI said that an autopsy has confirmed that the remains found on Sunday in a remote area of Wyoming were that of Ms Petito.

The Teton County Coroner ruled the death a homicide, though the actual cause of death is still being determined.

Earlier an eyewitness claimed she saw Brian Laundrie “acting weird” in the Spread Creek portion of the Bridger-Teton National Forest while she was vacationing in Wyoming. The woman, Jessica Schultz, tipped off the FBI to her encounter, which helped them narrow their search area to Spread Creek. Police investigated trail cam footage that potentially captured an image of Brian Laundrie hiking, but determined there was no connection.

Officers spent much of Monday searching the Laundrie family home and were pictured loading cardboard boxes into a van and towing away a silver Ford Mustang. His parents claim they have not seen their son for more than a week.

Police were tipped off to a potential sighting of Mr Laundrie, 23, near Mobile, Alabama, on Monday. They are yet to confirm if the lead was legitimate.

Search for Brian Laundrie enters sixth day

The exhaustive search for Gabby Petito’s fiance in a vast Florida wilderness entered its sixth day this morning.

A team of divers joined police and FBI agents using boats and helicopters looking for Brian Laundrie, 23, in the alligator-infested Carlton Reserve on Wednesday, but a spokesman said at nightfall that they had found “nothing” to show for their efforts, according to Reuters.

Authorities have not said why they are convinced Laundrie, who police call a “person of interest” in the case, may still be somewhere inside the more than 24,000-acre preserve near his home in North Port, Florida, more than a week after he told family members he was headed there to hike alone.

North Port police say Laundrie’s parents did not report him missing until 14 September, three days after the family last saw him. The Carlton Reserve has more than 80 miles (128 km) of hiking trails but is dominated by swampy water.

The body of Ms Petito, 22, was discovered on Sunday in a remote corner of the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming, less than 1,000 feet from where, on the evening of 27 August, another pair of travel bloggers caught video images of the couple’s white Ford Transit parked on a dirt road.

In identifying her remains, Teton County medical examiners ruled Ms Petito’s death a homicide, but did not make the cause of her death public.

The search for Laundrie continues.

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