Why Police Are Reportedly No Longer Searching Florida Reserve for Gabby Petito’s Fiancée Brian Laundrie

by Lauren Boisvert

The North Port Police department disclosed recently that they are no longer searching Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County for Gabby Petito’s fiancée, Brian Laundrie.

According to Police Public Information Officer Josh Taylor, “Law enforcement agencies continue to search for Brian Laundrie,” just not in Carlton Reserve. The report stated, “We currently believe we have exhausted all avenues in searching of the grounds there.”

This morning, Sept. 20, the FBI declared in a tweet that they were “executing a court-authorized search warrant today at the Laundrie residence in North Port, FL.” They removed Chris and Roberta Laundrie from their home and declared it a “crime scene.” Currently, Brian Laundrie is still missing.

On Sunday, Sept. 19, police found a body in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming that could match descriptions of Gabby Petito. No official report will be made until a coroner completes an autopsy on Tuesday.

Why Gabby Petito Was in Wyoming

Petito and Laundrie were driving cross-country from Florida in a van as part of their “van life” YouTube channel, under the name Nomadic Statik. Her parents last heard from her on Aug. 25. Brian Laundrie arrived home to Florida alone on Sept. 1.

Blogger Jenn Bethune told Fox News today that she saw Petito’s van in Wyoming in August. She stated that “the van was completely dark. There was nobody there, so we decided to continue on our way.”

It is important to note that Laundrie is currently a person of interest in the case, not a wanted criminal. The North Port Police Department made the distinction, stating, “while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime. We are not currently working a crime investigation.”

Nevertheless, Petito’s family wants it to be known that Laundrie is not “missing,” but hiding. The family put out a statement, saying, “All of Gabby’s family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing.”

After the body was found on Sunday, the Petitos’ lawyer made a statement for the family, saying, “Due to today’s developments,” said lawyer Richard Benson Stafford, “we are asking the press and news media to have some decorum and sensitivity for Gabby’s family and allow them to grieve.”

North Port Honors Missing Resident

North Port, Florida also grieves the loss of one of their own. According to WFLA, residents in North Port have started a memorial to the 22-year-old in front of city hall.

A woman who told WFLA that she worked with Petito at Publix stated, “There was no reason for this to happen. She was a sweetheart and a beautiful girl.”

Another resident mourned for Petito, even though they didn’t know the family personally. They said, “It’s scary because you never want it to happen to anybody that you know. I don’t even know them. These neighbors, we don’t know them, but they’re neighbors, so it hits home. It’s way too close to home.”