By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Search groups fanned out Wednesday at a Florida wilderness park to go looking for the boyfriend of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, who authorities say was killed whereas on a cross-country journey with him.
The search resumed round 8 a.m. Wednesday on the 24,000-acre (9,700-hectare) Carlton Reserve park, North Port police spokesperson Joshua Taylor mentioned. Investigators say Brian Laundrie’s mother and father instructed them he had gone there after returning dwelling with out Petito on Sept. 1.
It marked the fourth day of looking out in the Carlton Reserve, with operations suspended Monday whereas the FBI searched the close by Laundrie dwelling for proof.
The outdoor search contains 1000’s of acres of forbidding, swampy subtropical terrain replete with alligators, snakes, turkey, deer and plenty of different wild creatures. There are greater than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of mountaineering and horseback using trails, plus quite a few tenting areas and rivers.
Petito, 22, was reported lacking Sept. 11 by her mother and father after they she didn’t reply to calls and texts for a number of days whereas the couple visited parks in the West. Her physique was found Sunday at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Teton County Coroner Brent Blue categorized Petito’s dying as a murder — that means her dying was attributable to one other individual — however didn’t disclose how she was killed pending additional post-mortem outcomes. Laundrie, 23, is just not charged with any crime however is taken into account an individual of curiosity in the case.
With on-line sleuths and theories multiplying by the day, the FBI and police have been deluged with tips on potential Laundrie sightings. Taylor, the North Port spokesperson, mentioned none have up to now panned out. He additionally batted down rumors that Laundrie had been captured Tuesday.
“These stories are sadly false. Please relaxation assured that when Brian is discovered, we might be very happy to let everybody know,” Taylor mentioned in an electronic mail.
Petito and Laundrie grew up collectively in Long Island, New York, however moved in latest years to North Port, the place his mother and father dwell. Their dwelling, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Sarasota, was searched by investigators earlier this week and a Ford Mustang pushed by Laundrie’s mom was towed from the driveway. Authorities imagine Laundrie drove that automotive to the Carlton Reserve earlier than disappearing.
The couple documented on-line their journey in a white Fort Transit van transformed right into a camper, however obtained right into a bodily altercation Aug. 12 in Moab, Utah, that led to a police cease for a potential home violence case. Ultimately, police there determined to separate the quarreling couple for the evening however no costs have been filed and no severe accidents have been reported.
The FBI is searching for data from anybody who might have seen them in the Grand Teton space in addition to every other ideas nationally.
“We be a part of the FBI in asking for continued public help by sharing any data by way of the tip strains 1-800-CALL FBI or ideas.fbi.gov,” Taylor mentioned.
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