The search for Brian Laundrie in a swampy Florida nature reserve enters its second week

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Officials said the search at the Carlton Reserve would resume on Saturday.

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According to the sheriff’s office, an underwater dive team from the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office, called “to look for evidence of crimes and victims of drowning, water accidents and foul play” was also brought in mid-week. had gone.

“We’re watching from wooded areas, we’re looking at bodies of water, we’re watching from marshy areas,” North Point Police Commander Joe Fussell said in a video shared online on Friday. “And we are deploying the resources to be able to do that. We have air units, we have drones, we have swamp buggies, air boats, many law enforcement agencies, we have ATVs We have UTVs and we have officers feet too.”

Petito and Laundry, 22, were out on a cross-country trip in June visiting national parks. He regularly posted about his journey online with the hashtag #VanLife, but those posts suddenly stopped in late August.

Laundry returned home with her van on September 1. Pettito was reported missing on September 11, as his family could not contact him. She was found dead eight days later near a campground in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Laundry is wanted for alleged use of “unauthorized equipment” in the period following Pettito’s death, according to an arrest warrant issued Thursday.

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The warrant “changes nothing for us,” Fussell said. “We’re working as hard to find him as we were on day one.”

The conditions are challenging with muddy water, muddy roads and dense vegetation, according to a video shared by North Port Police. “The rough is an understatement,” Taylor said on Thursday of the conditions in reserve.

He said Saturday and Sunday’s efforts would focus on “higher-probability areas”.

Another man says he took a hitchhiker laundry ride in August

With law enforcement through the reserve, more stories of laundry-related conversations are emerging before returning to Florida.

Seasonal Wyoming resident Norma Jean Jalovec told Granthshala that she picked up laundry from the Jackson Lake Dam around 6:15 p.m. on August 29 and drove it to the Spread Creek scattered campground where Gabby Pettito’s remains were later found.

Laundry was a hitchhiker, Jalovec said, and sat in the passenger seat of his Toyota SUV 4-runner.

According to Jalovec, Laundry told her that she and her fiancé have a travel blog, that she was in their van in the camping area working on the blog, and that he had been hiking along the Snake River embankment for a few days. Was.

Jalovec said that when they arrived at Spread Creek, they unloaded the laundry before the gate at the entrance to the camping area. He said that once or twice he offered to take her forward, but he was insistent that she be left at the entrance.

Laundry then offered him gas money, but he declined, she said.

Jalovec said that as soon as she saw a series of videos posted on TikTok by Miranda Baker, who said she picked up a laundry hitchhiker and dropped her at the Jackson Lake Dam, she called the FBI and shared all the information she had. Of.

Baker said he dropped the laundry near the dam at 6:09 p.m. and Jalovec says he picked it up minutes later.

“I’m glad I was able to help with the investigation that placed him in Spread Creek at a certain time on August 29,” Jalovec told Granthshala.

Granthshala has not been able to independently verify Baker’s claims. North Port Police confirmed to Granthshala that Baker had spoken to the department before posting the video on TikTok.

$30,000 in rewards for suggestions

As the laundry search enters its second week, two separate prizes totaling $30,000 have been offered to anyone providing law enforcement officers with the whereabouts of the laundry.

Bohoff Law, a personal injury law firm, said in a release on its website It is offering a $20,000 reward “with written verification that a tip helped locate the laundry” to the firm “once supplied by the investigating law enforcement agency”.

The law firm, which has multiple offices throughout Florida, including North Port, said its bounty would be “open for two months starting from receipt of the tip” by law enforcement.

Meanwhile, a second reward is offered by Jerry Torres, who said He was a neighbor of the Petito family in a tweet on Wednesday. Torres wrote that he and his daughter “express our deepest condolences to the family of Gabby Petito,” adding, “We are offering a $5,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest.”
Torres said on Friday that the reward he is offering $10,000. was extended toThanks, in part, to assistance by people like Steve Moyer, the former Deputy Chief of Police of Sarasota, Florida.

“Money gets people to talk,” Moyer told Granthshala affiliate WZVN on Friday.

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Petito’s disappearance and subsequent laundry search have garnered a wave of national interest as well as attracted the attention of others who have gone missing in the US.
Since Petito’s discovery, vigil has been raised from Salt Lake City to the East Coast.
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On Friday, residents of Blue Point, New York – Petito’s hometown on Long Island – lit candles at a memorial to show support for their family.

The organizers of “Light the Night for Gabby Petito” hope that similar performances will extend beyond Long Island, According to Granthshala Affiliate WABC.

WABC said the candles were provided with a donation request of $20, with proceeds going to the Petito family.

A candlelight and butterfly release memorial is placed in front of City Hall in North Port on Saturday evening, According to daily sun.

A memorial visit to Petito is planned for Sunday afternoon in Holbrook on Long Island, according to Moloney’s Holbrook Funeral Home. It will be open to the public.

Richard Stafford, an attorney for Petito’s family, confirmed in a statement Friday that his funeral will take place on Sunday, adding that the family has asked for future donations to the Gabby Petito Foundation in lieu of flowers.

Granthshala’s Randy Kaye, Leyla Santiago, Dakin Andone, Steve Almasi, Kate Connerly, Christina Maxouris, Rebekah Rees, Gregory Lemos and Sarah Weisfeld contributed to this report.


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