Brian Laundrie could still be ALIVE in a nature reserve
BRIAN Laundrie could have survived this long hiding place in a nature reserve, but his time is running out, an expert said.
The 23-year-old disappeared almost a month ago and the FBI continues to hunt him down following the discovery of the body of his fiancée Gabby Petito.
Laundrie was reported missing by his parents on September 17 after telling them he was going for a hike in the alligator and snake infested Carlton Nature Reserve in Sarasota, Florida.
Survival expert Dave Canterbury believes that if Laundrie had packed enough supplies in a backpack, he might still be alive if he escaped capture in the reserve.
“I think it really depends on how prepared he is when he entered the zone to begin with,” he told CNN.
“If he had supplies in a backpack, which they said he had, if he had some means of sanitizing the water by filtration and blanket to protect himself from inclement weather and things like that, he could survive for a while.
“But if he had the means to collect food and process it, he could survive even longer.
“The question really is whether you can collect food, how are you going to process and cook that food without starting a fire, and if your filtration fails, how are you going to sanitize the water without starting a fire.
“Lighting a fire is going to be a big no no for him if he doesn’t want to be found or seen, so I think it’s going to be very difficult for him to stay there for a very long time.
“But I think so far he might have enough stuff in a backpack to have come this far and still be there.”
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Gabby and Laundrie began their cross-country journey through the American Midwest in July, where they visited national parks and canyon ranges in Kansas, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
Laundrie returned to Florida on her own on September 1 – days after Gabby last spoke to her family.
Gabby’s family reported the vlogger missing on September 11 – just a week before his remains were found in Wyoming.
Many are convinced that Laundrie camped in the nature reserve while in hiding from the authorities.
But ex-FBI agent exclusively told The Sun the agency was “too scattered” for fugitive Laundrie’s vast manhunt and that he could only be caught when he made a mistake. .
Cops have confirmed that the FBI is leading the search for the traveler, who remains the only person of interest after Gabby’s death.
But former agent Stuart Kaplan, now a lawyer in South Florida, said the FBI was already under heavy pressure after cops confirmed the search had been extended and was now based on intelligence.
Kaplan told us, “The FBI is not charged or mandated to investigate homicides. Homicides are obviously part of criminal enterprise, whether it’s organized crime or, God forbid, there’s a bank robbery and someone gets shot and killed, but systematically only one homicide does. is not under the jurisdiction of the FBI.
“But now, realizing the scope and extent of this investigation, the FBI has stepped in. They are certainly equipped to hunt down and lead leads and come out and serve subpoenas and interviews and so on.
“[But] once the FBI gets in the limelight, and this is one of my criticisms of the FBI, the agency is too dispersed with not enough resources to really be as effective as it could be in itself. by sticking to its mission statement.
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