SARASOTA COUNTY, FL – The search for Brian Laundrie, the fiancé of slain Florida woman Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, entered a day four on Wednesday at the Carlton Reservation in Sarasota County.
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Laundrie, 23, was named a person of interest in Petito’s death after Wyoming authorities confirmed on Tuesday that the 22-year-old’s remains were found in a remote area of Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
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Petito’s cause of death remains pending final autopsy results. Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue has ruled her death a homicide.
Authorities began searching the nearly 25,000-acre Carlton Preserve for laundry on Saturday, a day after family members reported him missing in North Port. Officials from several agencies, including the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, North Port Police, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, scoured the area with the help of K-9 and at least one drone at over the weekend, although officials found no signs of laundry. .
Family members told police they last saw him carrying a backpacking bag on September 14. They recovered a car on Thursday that would be used by Laundrie on the reserve, ABC News reported.
Officials suspended their search efforts at the nature reserve on Monday, after police told WFLA they believed they had “exhausted all possibilities to search the grounds there.” That day, the FBI issued a search warrant at the Laundrie family home where both Laundrie and Petito lived. Authorities declined to immediately provide more information on the research, citing “the active and ongoing investigation.”
The search for laundry on the Carlton reserve resumed on Tuesday.
Family members said they last heard from Petito in late August, while she was visiting Grand Teton National Park. The visit was part of a road trip that Petito and Laundrie undertook in July in a converted Fort Transit camper van, according to the Associated Press.
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Police said Laundrie returned in the van to her family’s home in North Port on September 1. Petito was not with him and he refused before his disappearance to speak to investigators looking for him.
Authorities continue to investigate.
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