Police are searching a vast preserve in the search for Gabby Petito’s fiance, Brian Laundrie, after news emerged earlier today that Laundrie had been reported missing.
It was announced this morning that the FBI, who have been involved in the search for Petito, were looking for both Petito and Laundrie.
However now, ABC have reported that cops are searching a vast Florida preserve after the family of Brian Laundrie revealed that his whereabouts was unknown.
North Port Police said Saturday morning that they are now currently searching for ‘the vast Carlton Reserve,’ a 24,565-acre preserve north of his home in North Port, for Laundrie.
Josh Taylor, a public information officer for the North Port Police said:
Friday is the first time they have spoken with investigators in detail. It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime. We are not currently working a crime investigation. We are now working a multiple missing person investigations.
Following the news of Laundrie being reported ‘missing’, Petito’s family have responded.
The lawyer for the Petito family released a statement saying:
All of Gabby’s family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing.
A final text message was sent from Petito’s phone to her mother which simply said there was no phone signal in Yosemite, however her mother does not believe the message actually came from Gabby.