Former FBI agent discusses the search for Laundrie 1:45
(WAB NEWS) – A Sarasota County coroner and a body-sniffing dog were called to a Florida park Wednesday where authorities found several items belonging to Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s missing fiancé. Additional teams of first responders are there. arriving on the scene at Carlton Reserve as the search for Brian Laundrie continues.
Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, informed the FBI and the North Port Police Department Tuesday night that they intended to go to the park Wednesday morning to look for him, family attorney Steven Bertolino said. . Police met them there Wednesday morning, he said.RELATED
After a “brief search” at a courthouse Laundrie frequented, the family and law enforcement found “some items” that belonged to him, Bertolino said. He did not give further information on what or how many items were found.
Bertolino said police are now conducting a more thorough investigation of that area.
The Sarasota County Medical Examiner confirmed he was called to the scene, and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said there was also a body-sniffing dog and two observer dogs at the scene.
North Port Police declined to comment.
The discovery comes amid an exhaustive search for Laundrie’s whereabouts that has spanned over a month.
Could Brian Laundrie still be alive in a forest? 1:22
Almost two months ago, Petito, 22, disappeared while she and Laundrie, 23, were on a road trip through the western United States, documenting their travels on social media. Laundrie returned home to North Point, Florida, where they lived with her parents, without Petito on September 1.
After being unable to contact her, Petito’s family reported her missing 10 days later. Laundrie refused to cooperate with the investigation into his whereabouts, and soon after, he, too, disappeared, with his family telling investigators they believed he had gone to a nearby nature reserve.
Petito’s remains were found in a national forest in Wyoming on Sept. 19 near where the couple had last been seen together. Teton County Medical Examiner Dr. Brent Blue has ruled that he died from strangulation.
Laundrie has not been explicitly linked to Petito’s murder, but he is the subject of a federal arrest warrant for unauthorized use of someone else’s debit card in the days after Petito last spoke to his family.
Petito’s parents talk about Laundrie 2:18
CNN’s Madeleine Holcombe and Randi Kaye contributed to this report.