Brian Laundrie's personal items found on a nature preserve trail in Sarasota

Brian Laundrie’s Personal Items Found On a Nature Preserve Trail In Sarasota

St. Petersburg, Florida – Today, Wednesday, members of the Florida Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) found personal effects that are believed to belong to Brian Laundrie, the boyfriend of Gabrielle Venora “Gabby” Petito who is wanted by authorities in connection with the murder of the young woman.

The objects were found on a trail Laundrie used when visiting the Myakkahatchee Creek Ecological Park in Sarasota County, Florida. Steven Bertolino, a lawyer for the Laundrie family, confirmed that the objects found belong to the man.

“After a brief search near a path Brian frequented, some of his items were found. At this time, the authorities are conducting a more extensive search, ”Bertolino said by text message.

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Chris and Roberta Laundrie, Brian’s parents, participated in the search today, Wednesday, along with members of the FBI and North Port police officers more than a month after the 23-year-old Laundrie was reported missing.

At the moment, no further details have been offered. The Sarasota County forensic examiner confirmed to The Associated Press that he was ordered to reach the nature preserve, but did not provide further details.

Laundrie is a person of interest in the murder of Petito, who was reported missing on September 11, 2021 by his parents while on a truck trip through the western United States with the 23-year-old man.

Authorities found Petito’s body on Sept. 19 in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, one of the nature reserves the couple visited. The county examiner determined that Petito was strangled to death and that his body had been in the place where it was found for three to four weeks.

The couple were detained Aug. 12 by Moab, Utah, police officers after a physical altercation broke out in which Laundrie struck Petito, but officers did not file charges.

Laundrie returned home on September 1, alone and driving the Ford bus they both used for their journey west. The man was reported missing after telling his parents on Sept. 14 that he would be hiking in the Carlton Nature Preserve, an extensive wooded area in Sarasota County that has been a focal point in search efforts.

In July, Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie went out on a tour of national parks in the western United States. The couple met in their high school years on Long Island, New York. (Instagram)

The 22-year-old had a wide presence on social media, where she used to share images and videos of her trip around the country with her boyfriend.  In their profiles, everything seemed to be going great.

The 22-year-old had a wide presence on social media, where she used to share images and videos of her trip around the country with her boyfriend. In their profiles, everything seemed to be going great. (Instagram)

In the description of his Instagram account, where Petito had more than 778,000 followers, he wrote:

In the description of his Instagram account, where Petito had more than 778,000 followers, he wrote: “Traveling the world in our little van.” His last post was on August 25. The latest video on YouTube is dated August 19. (Instagram)

However, on September 1, Laundrie returned to her parents' house with the young woman's van, but without giving details of her whereabouts.

However, on September 1, Laundrie returned to her parents’ house with the young woman’s van, but without giving details of her whereabouts. (Capture)

Petito's family reported her missing on September 11, after losing communication with her since August 30, when she texted them:

Petito’s family reported her missing on September 11, after losing communication with her since August 30, when she texted them: “There is no service in Yosemite.” However, the FBI believes that the young woman did not send this message. (Supplied)

Police identified 23-year-old Laundrie as a person of interest in the case on Sept. 15.  However, his parents said they had not known of his whereabouts since the previous day.

Police identified 23-year-old Laundrie as a person of interest in the case on Sept. 15. However, his parents said they had not known of his whereabouts since the previous day. (Instagram)

Then, on September 16, authorities released a video showing police officers intervening with the couple on August 12, while they were having an argument near the entrance to Arches National Park in Utah.

Then, on September 16, authorities released a video showing police officers intervening with the couple on August 12, while they were having an argument near the entrance to Arches National Park in Utah. (The Associated Press)

On September 19, authorities found a body in a camping area near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.  Two days later, forensic personnel confirmed that the body belonged to Petito and that his death was a homicide.

On September 19, authorities found a body in a camping area near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Two days later, forensic personnel confirmed that the body belonged to Petito and that his death was a homicide. (The Associated Press)

Police have been searching for Laundrie since Sept. 18 on a reservation in Florida, where his parents alleged he might be.  Two days later, agents raided the residence of the young man's parents.

Police have been searching for Laundrie since Sept. 18 on a reservation in Florida, where his parents alleged he might be. Two days later, agents raided the residence of the young man’s parents. (Instagram)

On September 22, a special team of divers joined the search for the young man in a swampy area of ​​the “T.  Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve ”, also known as Carlton Reserve

On September 22, a special team of divers joined the search for the young man in a swampy area of ​​the “T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve, ”also known as the Carlton Reserve (North Port Police Department (via AP))

The US Attorney's Office for the District of Wyoming issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie on Sept. 23 after a grand jury found cause in the death of her partner.

The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie on Sept. 23 after a grand jury found cause in the death of her partner. (Instagram)

Television newscasts showed multiple FBI and police vehicles arriving at the Myakkahatchee Stream Preserve and setting up camping huts within the forest. It was at this location that Laundrie’s vehicle, a Ford Mustang, was found.

Laundrie faces federal charges in Wyoming for using someone else’s debit card without permission, which would allow authorities to arrest him if found alive.

The indictment contends that Laundrie used a Capital One bank debit card, along with an identification number that did not belong to him, to withdraw funds totaling more than $ 1,000. However, authorities have not said who owns the debit card.

The case has generated enormous public interest, but it has also highlighted the uneven care that is not given to the hundreds of cases of Native Americans and other minority groups who have disappeared or been killed in the United States. .

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