Gabby Petito Case: Experts Say Time and Environmental Factors Troubling the Search for Brian Laundrie

by Clayton Edwards

 Many people around the world have one question on their minds: where is Brian Laundrie? This question has gripped the nation for weeks now. At this point, local law enforcement, the FBI, private citizens, and TV personalities are looking for him. John Walsh and Dog the Bounty Hunter have both vowed to help locate the fugitive.

We’re on our way to a brand new week of asking that same question. Currently, the FBI is leading serious search efforts for Laundrie. They’ve narrowed their search areas down based on intel they’ve received. At this time, no one can be sure just how close they are to finding Brian Laundrie. They have to keep their information under wraps to avoid tipping off the fugitive. However, some believe that FBI agents are closer than they’re letting on.

Some experts spoke to CNN about the hunt for Brian Laundrie. They all say that the hunt is only getting harder as the days pass.

Experts Weigh In on Brian Laundrie Manhunt

Bryanna Fox, a former FBI agent and associate professor in the criminology department at the University of South Florida spoke to the outlet about the case. “Time is that one thing that we are constantly fighting in law enforcement,” she said as the hunt drags on. Time, combined with weather conditions in Florida, is making the hunt more difficult. Laundrie had a head start on authorities. At the same time, it’s hard to harvest forensic evidence in the swamps of Carlton Reserve.

The fact that Brian Laundrie fled to an outdoor location is further complicating the case. Fox spoke a little about that as well. “Unlike other fugitives or people that are missing, we typically have reason to believe they’re in a populated area. In this case, it looks like he attempted to maybe go off the grid and is not living in society. So, it makes it even harder to find him.”

Additionally, Fox said that tropical conditions are “among the harshest on forensic evidence.” Those conditions are working against authorities. “The odds of finding [evidence] get slimmer every day, so time is obviously really of the essence,” she said about the hunt for Brian Laundrie.

Chris Boyer, executive director of the National Association for Search and Rescue, expanded on how the weather conditions make the hunt more difficult, especially if he somehow died out there. “Down in Florida, during the summer and wet time, a body can start to skeletonize in less than five to seven days,” he told the outlet. Additionally, there are plenty of animals in the reserve, including gators, that would eat the corpse. About that, Boyer said, “With predators, you can lose a lot of evidence.” If Brian Laundrie died in the reserve, they may never find him.