Police continue search for Brian Laundrie
Police searching for Brian Laundrie in the 25,000 acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida, continued the hunt for him on Wednesday, calling in dive teams and boats to assist the search. They are now calling on the public to help with the hunt. Mr Laundrie is considered a person of interest.
They eventually called off the search for the day tweeted that it will resume on Thursday.
Gabby Petito’s family slammed the lawyer representing the Laundrie family, demanding he remove photos of the woman from his Yelp page on threat of legal action and calling his statement after her body was found “disgusting.” On Wednesday, the FBI said that an autopsy has confirmed that the remains found on Sunday in a remote area of Wyoming were that of Ms Petito.
The Teton County Coroner ruled the death a homicide, though the actual cause of death is still being determined.
Earlier an eyewitness claimed she saw Brian Laundrie “acting weird” in the Spread Creek portion of the Bridger-Teton National Forest while she was vacationing in Wyoming. The woman, Jessica Schultz, tipped off the FBI to her encounter, which helped them narrow their search area to Spread Creek. Police investigated trail cam footage that potentially captured an image of Brian Laundrie hiking, but determined there was no connection.
Officers spent much of Monday searching the Laundrie family home and were pictured loading cardboard boxes into a van and towing away a silver Ford Mustang. His parents claim they have not seen their son for more than a week.
Police were tipped off to a potential sighting of Mr Laundrie, 23, near Mobile, Alabama, on Monday. They are yet to confirm if the lead was legitimate.
Florida police call off Wednesday search for Brian Laundrie
North Port Police tweeted that they have stopped the search for today but will be back at the 25,000 acre Carlton Reserve on Thursday.
View from scene where Gabby Petito’s remains found
The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe visited the scene at the spread cross campsite in Wyoming where a cross was put together out of rocks.
Police post photos of search for Brian Laundrie
North Port Police have posted photos of today’s search for Brian Laundrie at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota, Florida. So far, the search has yielded no evidence of Mr Laundrie in the 25,000-acre area.
Gabby Petito: Everything we know so far
Over the past 24 hours, a lot has happened in the Gabby Petito case.
Ms Petito’s body has been formally identified and the cause of her death has been confirmed as “homicide”.
Authorities confirmed that human remains found in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National on Sunday belonged to Ms Petito.
In a statement, the FBI said an initial determination by the Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue had determined that Ms Petito was killed, and the cause of death had not yet been established.
Here’s a primer on everything we know so far:
Gabby Petito’s death ruled a homicide as remains confirmed to belong to the missing YouTuber, but Brian Laundrie’s whereabouts remains a mystery
Laundrie ‘aggressively’ grabbed Petito’s cellphone, new witness says
Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie fought “aggressively” over her cellphone during an argument in Utah last month, a new witness has alleged.
According to a witness identified as Chris, 22-year-old Ms Petito was said to have asked Mr Laundrie why he had to “be so mean” to her after a fight outside of a store in Moab, Utah, on 12 August.
As the New York Post reported on Tuesday night, Chris told investigators that the pair were fighting “aggressively” in front of the store, and that he witnessed 23-year-old Mr Laundrie take Ms Petio’s phone, which police have so far been unable to find.
Moab police were reportedly told that “something seemed off” between Ms Petito and Mr Laundrie
Witness claim they saw Brain Laundrie arguing with waitstaff at restaurant on 27 August
Witnesses claim they were at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, when they saw Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie dining. The couple said they saw Mr Laundrie arguing with waitstaff, and that he appeared “aggressive.”
The Independent’s Bevan Hurley explore’s the couple’s claims below...
Brian Laundrie reportedly had blazing row with waitress at Wyoming restaurant around the time Gabby Petito disappeared
Police find no trace of Brain Laundrie in Carlton Reserve
Law enforcement provided an update on their search for Brian Laundrie in Carlton Reserve Wednesday afternoon.
According to North Port police, they have not found any evidence of Brian Laundrie inside the reserve.
The full timeline of events in the Gabby Petito case
Stay up to date with the search for Gabby Petito and her fiance Brian Laundrie with The Independent’s timeline of the case.
You can see a full review of the case since the couple first left on their road trip below...
Woman documenting her cross-country van trip to US national parks with fiancé has not been seen since 24 August and police consider him ‘person of interest’
Yelp confirms that a user, not Laundrie family lawyer Steven Bertolino, added photo of Gabby Petito to his business profile
Yelp confirmed on Wednesday that a user uploaded and removed photos of Gabby Petito to Laundrie family lawyer Steven Bertolino’s business profile on the website.
The family threatened legal action against Mr Bertolino if he did not remove the photos. He responded, claiming he did not upload the photos and could not remove them.
Law enforcement confirms trail cam image was not Brian Laundrie
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said they have confirmed that the man seen in trail cam footage that some believed to be Brian Laundrie has been identified.
The department said the sighting was a case in mistaken identity.
“The OCSO has confirmed the man is an Okaloosa County resident who acknowledged he was the one walking on the deer trail carrying his backpack. Several OCSO deputies familiar with the individual noticed the resemblance to the photo of the person spotted on the deer trail, as well as the presence of a neck tattoo,” the department said. “The private citizen was located and a positive identification has been made.”
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