Gabby Petito update – Fiancé Brian Laundrie still missing after body found in search for YouTuber

GABBY Petito's fiancé Brian Laundrie is still missing after a body was found during the search for the YouTuber.

Search efforts continued for him on Sunday while authorities in Wyoming found a body in the area where the search for Petito has been underway.


North Port police said there was "nothing to report" after concluding the search for the night on Sunday.

Laundrie was named as a "person of interest" in the case after he returned home alone from the couple's cross-country road trip on September 1 and refused to cooperate with authorities.

He disappeared on Tuesday after telling his parents he was going hiking in Carlton Reserve in Florida – an area made up of 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 find anything.

Clothing was taken from the family home on Friday to help canine units, according to North Port Police spokesperson Josh Taylor.

His family said the news that Gabby's body may have been found was "heartbreaking".

The search for Laundrie kicked off at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, a 160-acre park connected to the marshy Carlton Reserve.

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

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North Port police were looking into a blurry cell phone photo of a man with a bald head in flip flops – who resembles Laundire – near his family home on Friday.

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

Authorities reportedly obtained cell phone tracking data for both Petito's and Laundrie's devices on Sunday, meaning they could access limited information about their movements.

But they still need search warrants to gain "complete access" – which could help piece together their movements since the 22-year-old travel blogger disappeared.

Highlighting the fact the 23-year-old was a skilled outdoorsman, they said he "could be out there for months."

All of Gabby's family want the world to know that Brian is not missing. He is hiding.

He is described as a 5'8 white male with brown eyes and brown hair. Laundrie was last seen wearing a hiking bag with a waist strap.

Before the tragic news of the FBI's find broke, Petito's family said of Laundries disappearance: "All of Gabby's family want the world to know that Brian is not missing. He is hiding. Gabby is missing."

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 "free-spirited" Petito was last seen on August 24, 2021, checking out of a hotel with Laundrie in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

She had been traveling with her fiancé in a converted van since July 2 and had planned to arrive in Portland, Oregon, and visit a family friend for Halloween.

Just weeks earlier, the pair had been stopped by police and questioned about an apparent domestic dispute that had been reported.


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