Search Operation for Brian Laundrie Resumes in Snake-Infested Swamps
On Tuesday police resumed the search of Brian Laundrie in Florida Carlton, a week after his family said they last saw him. Laundrie is the key to solve Gabby Petito’s case. The investigating agency has not been able to speak with him.
Petito was the fiance of Laundrie, both Petito and Laundrie had been on a cross-border trip when she disappeared. Brian Laundrie returned to Florida on September 1 and after ten days Petito was reported missing.
Investigators discovered Petito’s remains near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming over the weekend.
“Earlier today human remains were discovered consistent with the description of Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Petito,” FBI agent Charles Jones told a press conference.
“Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100 percent that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery,” he said, adding that cause of death had not been determined.
On Monday Federal agents searched Laundrie’s house for nearly eight hours in search of evidence, they also questioned his parents related to Petito. The arrest warrant was issued to seize computers, flash drives, and other electronics.
Text chat between Petito and her mother revealed that tensions between the couple increased as the trip progressed.
On Saturday, police and FBI began searching for him in the Carlton Reserve, a 24,000-acre county park in Florida’s Sarasota County. Brian Laundrie’s family told authorities they believed he entered the area last week. On Tuesday Police searched the Venice side of the reserve.
“A weekend ground search and aerial search Monday of the 25,000-acre preserve has yet to yield any answers, but we must press on,” spokesperson Josh Taylor said, CBS affiliate WTSP reported.
“Please be aware, the Carlton Reserve is a vast and unforgiving location at times.”
“This is dangerous work for the search crews as they are wading through gator and snake-infested swamps and flooded hiking and biking trails.”
Her father, Joseph Petito, appealed for anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact the authorities.