Sources close to the family of Brian Laundrie are revealing pertinent information that could aid in the search for the person of interest. Since Laundrie went missing, the FBI and Florida police have yet to find any sign of the 23-year-old following the death of Gabby Petito. So far, authorities have thoroughly searched the Carlton Reserve. However, after a week of searching, they haven’t found any trace that Laundrie its 25,000-acre swampland. As a result, they’re taking a closer look at any tips they’ve received about Laundrie prior to and after his disappearance.
According to a source close to Laundrie, before leaving his parents’ home last Tuesday, he left behind his cellphone and wallet. Laundrie told his parents that he was going for a hike following Gabby Petito’s disappearance and never returned. This action alone alerts authorities that Laundrie didn’t plan on returning that day. Without any way to trace his movements, the 23-year-old person of interest took himself off the grid and out of police’s crosshairs.
Laundrie’s parents waited to report him missing to the FBI for three days after he claimed to have gone hiking. Since then, the FBI launched a national manhunt for the person of interest in Gabby Petito’s case, focusing primarily on the areas around his home in Florida.
Sources Close to Family Say Laundrie Is a ‘Skilled Survivalist’ During Gabby Petito Investigation
Normally, surviving in the “vast and uncompromising” Carlton Reserve would be a difficult challenge. With gators, snakes and other predatory animals lurking nearby, a multiday stay in the area would surely be dangerous. Not to mention, there aren’t many food or water sources available. However, During their search efforts, police also learned another pertinent fact about Laundrie in Gabby Petito’s investigation. According to sources close to the Laundries, the 23-year-old is a “skilled survivalist.” With this knowledge, investigators have continued their efforts to search the reserve while also checking other avenues.
Outside of the Carlton Reserve, the FBI has explored other possibilities regarding Laundrie’s location and condition. The 23-year-old’s parents worry that their son has harmed or even killed himself. However, experts are fairly confident this isn’t the case.
“I don’t think he killed himself,” Pat Diaz, a retired Miami-Dade homicide detective, told Fox News. “I think he’s just going to disappear.”
Disappearing doesn’t mean fleeing the country, though. According to Diaz, Laundrie wouldn’t be able to cross any of the country’s borders without being seen.
“He’s not going to Mexico,” Diaz said. “There’s a lot of Americans there that would recognize him.”
Instead, private investigator Dan Riemer believes he could be hiding “in plain sight.”
“It’s amazing how they survive. No credit card, no physical signs of income, and they just make do,” Riemer noted.
As the search continues, investigators will be paying close attention to any new tips that come in from sources close to the Laundrie family.