Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s fiancé, has been missing for a week. Here’s why it’s been so hard to find him

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His disappearance comes after he and Petito go on a cross-country trip in June, only for him to return alone in September. Petito’s discovery made national headlines with daily developments, and the laundry’s disappearance has added to the confusion.

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Officials said Laundry has not been charged and is not suspected of a crime at this time. He had refused to speak to the police, leaving the officers stunned and powerless in their investigation.

Laundry’s family told police on Friday night that they had not seen the 23-year-old boy since Tuesday. His family told the police that he had left the house with his bag and told them that he was leaving Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre nature reserve near Venice, Florida.

Police in North Port, Florida, tweeted Saturday that officers were searching the reserve, an effort that involved the use of drones and Bloodhounds taken from their home to smell it, police spokesman Josh Taylor said on Saturday. Used laundry clothes.

In a place like a nature reserve, the lack of foliage and sunlight affects visibility, according to Chris Boyer, executive director of the nonprofit. National Association for Search and Rescue (Nasara). Night can also hinder efforts, especially if the person being sought does not have a source of light or fire.

But when it comes to people escaping the authorities, the search becomes more difficult. Boyer said a procrastinator is more likely to wear clothing that helps them blend in with their surroundings. To avoid being seen by helicopter or drone, a person can also crawl into creek beds and avoid leaving tracks – such as footprints, trash or evidence of fire.

Boyer said technology such as night vision goggles, drones and thermal sensors could help pin down a person’s location.

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Before disappearing, Laundry had been home in the northern harbor for about two weeks.

He and Petito had been touring the western states in his van for months, until he returned to North Port without her on September 1.

The family told the police that the last time they saw him was on September 14.

Cheryl Dorsey, a retired Los Angeles police sergeant, told Granthshala’s Jake Tapper on Monday she was curious why Laundry’s parents didn’t alert officers about her departure on Tuesday.

“I think he’s a grown man,” Dorsey said, adding that he’s still in his early 20s. “What’s the effect on him (his parents)? He decided to go backpacking and they couldn’t stop him?”

Police no longer think laundry is in Nature Reserve

North Port Police said on Monday they had focused on a search for Laundry and were no longer looking for him in the nature reserve.

“At this point in time, we currently believe we have exhausted all avenues looking for grounds there,” Taylor said.

Nassar director Boyer said trying to find a person in the wild can be very difficult.

“It’s really hard to find people even when they want to be found,” he told Granthshala on Monday.

In this photo provided by the North Port Police Department, law enforcement officers search Brian Laundry at the sprawling Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota area of ​​Florida on September 18.

Although the laundry is difficult to find, it is a distance that could have been covered before the authorities began their search.

“Every hour he may be in a car or on foot, the search area begins to grow,” Boyer said. “It gets pretty tough, to be honest.”

Laundry has not been charged with a crime

Laundry has not cooperated with the police in their search for Petito, and because he has not been charged with a crime or named a suspect, the police can do nothing but file a search warrant.

The FBI issued a search warrant on Monday at the home of Laundry’s parents, where he lived with Pettito.

Taylor said the FBI evicted Christopher and Roberta Laundry, executed a search warrant, and then brought them back inside for questioning. Searched the house on Monday evening The FBI tweeted.

Taylor said police visited the home last week but the family declined to speak and instead gave officers the information of their lawyer.

On Saturday, Taylor reiterated that police were limited in what they could do because “we have no crime.”

Andrew McCabe, Granthshala’s senior law enforcement analyst and former deputy director, said, “Laundry is not a suspect in a crime. We think she’s one of the last people to see Gabby Pettito alive, and for that reason she’s a very important witness.” of the FBI.

Before her disappearance, Laundry was silent about Petito’s disappearance. North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison told Granthshala’s Don Lemon last week that the laundry had invoked its Fifth Amendment right, which generally means a person cannot be compelled to make statements that they Looks can be negative or used against them.

Steve Moore, retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent, told Granthshala on Monday that in order to obtain a search warrant, officers would need to have probable cause that a crime had occurred and that the person at the home was involved in the crime.

On September 20, the FBI issued a search warrant for Brian Laundry's home.

“I believe what people in law enforcement are doing right now is making sure they have all the T’s crossed and I dotted because I think they believe – and I believe – They know who did it and they want to make sure their case is absolutely right at this point,” Moore said.

McCabe told Granthshala’s Ana Cabrera on Monday that police have reached the point where “the search warrant has to be executed in its entirety.”

“Primarily, I think what the investigators would be looking for could be anything he wrote down, any recordings of his thoughts, if he wrote a note, if he kept a journal,” or something electronic. Activity and history that he may have, McCabe said.

Granthshala’s Alta Mantra, Jen Selva, Dakin Andone and Travis Caldwell contributed to this report.


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