Brian Laundrie NOT found after cops search Carlton reserve in Florida as Gabby Petito still missing

BRIAN Laundrie is still missing after cops started combing Florida’s Carlton reserve, while the search for his fiancé Gabby Petito also goes on.

North Port Police paused their search of the swampland at nightfall Saturday, having found nothing.



“Our search of the Carlton is being called this evening due to darkness. Nothing found. Efforts will begin again Sunday morning,” the force said in a Twitter message Saturday evening around 7.45pm.

Laundrie, 23, had refused to speak to cops or Petito’s family having returned alone from a cross-country road trip with his girlfriend who had been reported missing on September 11.

He has now been reported missing as well.

Laundrie was last seen Tuesday after he reportedly never returned home having been hiking in Carlton reserve in the north of the city, which covers around 25,000 acres of wilderness.

The FBI along with 50 local agencies started Saturday morning using drones and scent-tracking K9 dogs but failed to turn up anything.

The search kicked off at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, a 160-acre park connected to the marshy Carlton reserve by a bridge where Laundrie was known to go hiking.

“It’s muddy, it’s wet, there are a few unpaved dirt roads that are out there basically running along the power lines, you know it’s a place that people hike, there are mountain biking trails out there,” North Port Police Department spokesman Josh Taylor said Saturday, adding the search could take “a long time.”

Laundrie’s parents told investigators the park had been the last place their son had been see, after they met with investigators Friday to discuss his disappearance.

His parents told cops he had left home Tuesday with a backpack, telling them he was going for a hike in the area.

Cops said it was “fair to say” that Laundrie could potentially pose a threat to himself or others.

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“I mean you have somebody, there’s an enormous amount of pressure I’m sure on him to provide answers on what’s going on here,” Taylor said.

He added that with Laundrie being a skilled outdoorsman he “could be out there for months”.

“I don’t know how frequently if he would come out here and do day-long hikes or whatever, you could be out here for months if you wanted,” Taylor said.

Cops said Laundrie was able to disappear because he is not a suspect, had not been charged with a crime and they were not tracking his movements.

The latest shock development comes as it emerged:

  • Laundrie allegedly hitch-hiked alone with a TikToker after Gabby disappeared.
  • Gabby last called her family just miles from an infamous 'zone of death'.
  • A body language expert said Gabby's behaviour in police bodycam footage may hold clues.
  • Cops probe pic of man said to look like Brian Laundrie.
  • 'Fake' GoFundMe pages set up after Gabby's disappearance.
  • TikToker claims Laundrie offered her $200 for ride.

“Were we trying to keep an eye out kind of where he’s at so that when needed we could potentially reach him? Yes. But our focus was putting resources on trying to find Gabby,” Taylor said, describing Laundrie’s disappearance as “certainly a twist.”

Taylor said the meeting with Laundrie’s family Friday had been to only discuss their son’s disappearance and not Petito’s.

Meanwhile, the search for Gabby is continuing.

The FBI Denver appear to be focusing their attention for the 22-year-old on the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.



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