Gabby Petito: Former FBI Agent Believes Brian Laundrie Will Be Found in His ‘Comfort Zone’

by Kati Kuuseoks

The North Port Police Department and the FBI continue to keep their back-end developments to themselves, preaching that they need to maintain the integrity of the Gabby Petito case. Still, a spokesperson went public to dispel all the campsite rumors on their behalf Friday. The same spokesperson also told the media that the Carlton Reserve search for Brian Laundrie had found absolutely nothing up to yesterday. Dog’s search of Florida’s De Soto area continues to leave him empty-handed as well. Although, the ex-reality star did just disclose a brand new lead with a Walmart surveillance camera.

Neighbors of the Laundrie family continue their attempts to get the family to talk, assuming they know where their son is. This comes after Brian’s father spent time at the Carlton Reserve but returned home with nothing of note. Experts continue to weigh in on the investigation offering conjectures based on their previous experience. Most recently, a former FBI Agent went public saying he believes that Brian Laundrie will be found in his “comfort zone.”

Former FBI Agent Thinks a Slip-Up is Imminent

Terry Turchie worked as part of one of the FBI’s teams on the search for the Olympic Bomber in the past. The search took him to the mountains of North Carolina between 1998 and 1999. This is to say, he understands the inner workings of the federal system and fugitive searches. Turchie tells reporters:

“People don’t change because they become a fugitive. They tend to try to figure out how they can land in the comfort zone.”

He then continued on. “Clearly he’s not out in some camp or some cave somewhere on the hard, cold ground or … snake, gator-infested water. He’s somewhere where he’s probably being taken care of. When you see how he came running home after something obviously happened, that kind of tells you what he’s probably doing now.”

Turchie notes how this idea of “comfort” played a big role in the nabbing of the Olympic Bomber. His team eventually made contact with a person who shared similar interests to their lead suspect. Although he refused to talk initially, the FBI developed their relationship with him and were able to then get information about his interactions with the Bomber. This ultimately led to the apprehension of one of America’s Most Wanted.

How Long Can Brian Laundrie Stay On the Run?

Turchie explains how most FBI investigations go down. “The formula is essentially [always] the same. You interview as many people who need this person as you can, you continue following that. You talk to neighbors, friends and you look for anything [the fugitive] might have said during a time that he didn’t have this guard up where he hadn’t done anything.”

Echoing many other experts’ sentiments, Terry Turchie doubts that Brian Laundrie possesses the skills to stay hidden very long. He says even the most intelligent fugitives “tire eventually” even if “many of them ended up being on the run for …. well over a decade.”