Authorities resume search for Brian Laundrie in Florida in Gabby Petito case

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Authorities resume search for Brian Laundrie in Florida in Gabby Petito case
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has directed all state agencies to assist federal and local law enforcement in the search for Brian Laundrie.
The search for 23-year-old Laundrie is centered around North Port where investigators said he returned to his home on Sept. 1 without his fiancee Gabby Petito, 22, but driving her 2012 Ford Transit. She was found dead in Wyoming.
Agencies back out in the Carlton Wednesday morning. Search continues.
On Wednesday, police were searching for Laundrie in the Venice area in the vast Carlton Reserve.
Laundrie has been named by police as a “person of interest” in Petito’s disappearance. He has refused to speak to the police and has not been seen since Tuesday, Sept. 14, according to law enforcement officials.
Investigators searched a 25,000-acre Florida nature preserve over the weekend without success. They focused on the area after Laundrie’s parents told police he may have gone there.
The search moved to another part of the reserve on Tuesday. Authorities deployed multiple all-terrain vehicles and drones in their search.
“The terrain is very difficult. Essentially, 75 percent of it is underwater. Areas that are dry, we are trying to clear,” Commander Joe Fussell, North Port police, said.
Despite rumors on social media late Tuesday, North Port Police say Laundrie is not in custody. They confirmed they received reports of “suspected sightings,” however, none have been accurate.
“Good evening, we have received a significant amount of requests tonight regarding a possible capture of Brian Laundrie. These reports are unfortunately false. Please rest assured that when Brian is found, we will be more than happy to let everyone know. That important detail will come in the form of an email, similar to this one, to everyone, at the same time. Thank you,” North Port Police said in a statement.
Gabby Petito died by homicide, a coroner concluded while also confirming that the human remains found recently at a Wyoming national park were those of the 22-year-old woman.
Her body was discovered at a Wyoming national park over the weekend, months after the couple, originally from Long Island, set out on a cross-country road trip.
Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue said the cause of her death remains pending final autopsy results.
Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed the remains are those of Gabrielle Venora Petito, date of birth March 19, 1999. Coroner Blue’s initial determination for the manner of death is homicide. The cause of death remains pending final autopsy results.
Man seen on video in Panhandle matching Laundrie’s description
An image surfaced on social media that appeared to be a man matching the description of Brian Laundrie was captured on a trail camera walking on a property in the Florida Panhandle area.
The individual was purportedly spotted late Monday night or early Tuesday morning on a trail camera in Baker, which is more than 500 northwest of where authorities have focused their search Laundrie.
“The OCSO did its due diligence in response to this report and is wrapping up an extensive search that took place in this area to include nearby farmlands. No one — and nothing — of note was located. The individual referenced in the post below has no known ties to our area,” Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon, featuring a blurry image from the trail camera of a man walking with a backpack.
Neighbors have put up teal ribbons around the Petito family home in Blue Point, New York on Long Island. It’s a show of support to remember and pay tribute to Gabby’s memory.
In Gabby Petito’s hometown of Blue Point, #LongIsland today, where teal ribbons line the streets around her family’s home. A show of support from people who feel helpless after learning of her death. #gabbypetito @ABC7NY pic.twitter.com/7VAQIpBjRH
In Wyoming, someone set up a makeshift cross with river rocks from the slowly disappearing Spread Creek. The location is where Petito’s remains are believed to have been found.
An attorney for the Petito family released a statement promising a statement from the family when “Gabby comes home.
Laundrie family lawyer calls off press conference
A press conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon by the Laundrie family and their attorney was called off.
Steven Bertolino, the family’s lawyer, told ABC News that he canceled the press conference after speaking with the FBI. He did not elaborate on what prompted the cancellation.

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