Alabama officials are looking into a possible sighting of Brian Laundry in the state over the weekend, widening the search for a missing “person of interest” in the death of Gabby Pettito.
Officers from the Mobile Police Department received information that Mr Laundry may be located 600 miles (965 km) from his home in Tillman’s Corner, North Port, Florida, southwest of the city.
NBC 15 reported a large police presence near Walmart in Tillman’s Corner on Monday afternoon. It was believed to stem from the discovery of a dead body, which officials have said is unrelated to Mr Laundry’s search.
Mr Laundry left the house he shared with his parents last Tuesday, telling them he was going for a hike in the nearby Carlton Reserve.
He is a man of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Ms. Petito, 22, whose body was found on Sunday in a remote part of Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.
The couple were documenting their journey on YouTube.
Florida Police and FBI agents executed a search warrant at the Laundry family home on Monday.
Officers with rams and body armor arrived home at North Port at around 9:45 a.m. and declared the site a “crime site.”
Mr. Laundry’s parents, Christopher and Roberta, were removed from the property as searches went through the room for clues about Mr. Laundry’s location.
A few hours later they picked up Mr. Laundry’s Mustang car.
North Point police were seen carrying food items along with broken cardboard boxes to the laundry house.
The police’s search warrant revealed details of what led the police to search the laundry house.
North Port Police officials said text messages sent by Ms Petito to her mother Nicole Schmidt in the days before her disappearance showed rising tensions between her and Mr Laundry.
The warrant said that Ms. Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt’s suspicions were heightened when she received a final “strange text” in which Ms. Petito referred to her grandfather by his maiden name “Stan” on 27 August, in the warrant. Having said.
Ms Schmidt said the text was relatable because her daughter never called her grandfather by his first name.
“Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls,” the text said as warranted.
“The mother was concerned that something was wrong with her daughter,” the warrant said, and provided “probable reason” that a serious crime had been committed.
Earlier on Monday, North Port Police closed the search of the 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve after extensive searches over the weekend found no trace of the missing person.
Police in Utah on Monday also released audio from a 911 call made by a Moab resident who witnessed the couple’s violent altercation on August 12.
Police seized the couple’s Ford Transit van soon after receiving a 911 call, but the incident was not deemed serious enough to press charges.
The audio of the call depicts Mr. Laundry as the attacker in the incident.
In the 49-second audio recording, the caller says, “I’m on the corner of Main St. by Moonflower… I want to report a domestic dispute.”
“The gentleman was slapping the girl… They ran up and down the sidewalk, he hit her and then they left.”
The Grand Teton County coroner said an autopsy of the remains discovered in Bridger-Teton National Forest on Sunday is believed to be completed on Tuesday.
Speculation is rife that when police visited Brian Laundry’s family home, they found specific evidence—possibly in the form of a note—that helped them rapidly locate Gabby Pettito’s body.
Last Friday evening, FBI agents and police in North Port, Florida, spent more than two hours at the home of Mr. Laundry’s parents, Christopher and Roberta, whom the couple had invited to “conversation”.
During the meeting, after which the police could be seen leaving with the evidence bag and the family’s lawyer stated that they had taken with them “property to aid in the locating of Brian”, it emerged that the mother- The father claimed that he has not seen his son since last Tuesday.
However, within 12 hours of that meeting, the FBI ordered a team of about 150 agents, park rangers and police officers to thoroughly search the camping area at Scattered Creek, located about 20 miles north of Jackson. was collected for
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