FBI using Brian Laundrie’s father for a more targeted search, former agent says

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Law enforcement still searching Carlton Reserve in Florida

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Chris Laundry went with law enforcement to Carlton Reserve for the first time this week to search for his fugitive son, which former FBI Special Agent Ken Gray said reflects the bureau’s strategy to base its search on specific targeted intelligence. Is.

Gray was a member of the New Haven FBI SWAT team when he briefly helped search for Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph in the Appalachian Mountains in the late 1990s.

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“SWAT teams came, went to the Appalachian Trail area in North Carolina, did a lot of searching in that area, but kept coming back empty handed,” Gray told Granthshala News Friday.

The Carlton Reserve, where Brian Laundry’s parents say he went missing on September 13, is a sprawling 24,000-acre expanse in Sarasota County, Florida, with 80 miles of hiking trails.

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Brian Laundry His fiancée Gabby Petito has been on the run for several weeks after being declared missing and found dead. Wyoming.

Local law enforcement spent weeks searching the reserve by land, sea and air, but the FBI took over the manhunt last week.

Gabby Petito Massacre: Timeline of the Disappearance with Brian Laundry

Gray said that now, instead of sweeping large swathes of territory, the FBI will target their searches based on specific pieces of intelligence.

“I think the bureau has learned some lessons from Eric Rudolph’s discovery, namely — you can spend a lot of resources searching an area and come up empty-handed,” Gray said Friday.

Part of that targeted approach was demonstrated on Thursday when Brian Laundry’s father, Chris, accompanied members of law enforcement “to the reserve to show them the trails and places where Chris and Brian had hiked and which Brian did.” was often known,” according to the family’s attorney, Steven Bertolino.

“There was no discovery but the effort was useful to everyone,” said Bertolino. “It feels like in the water [reserve] is decreasing and some areas are more accessible for exploration.”

Brian’s parents reported him missing on September 17, telling law enforcement that they had last seen him on September 13. He is currently wanted on charges of alleged debit card fraud and a man of interest in the death of 22-year-old Petito, whose remains were found on September 19 in Wyoming.

Brian Laundry manhunt: The ideal place to ‘get lost’ on the Appalachian Trail, thru-hiker says

While law enforcement is still focused on searches in the Carlton Reserve, there are several possible sightings of laundry in western North Carolina near the Appalachian Trail, which is the same area where Eric Rudolph was able to evade officers for five years.

A trail sign at Clingmans Dome, a major scenic spot along the Appalachian Trail, is seen near Cherokee, North Carolina on May 11, 2018.

No sightings have been confirmed, but a hiker who thinks he saw Brian at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line near the Appalachian Trail on October 2 told Granthshala News this week that he met with the FBI. And law enforcement is taking his case. seriously.

Brian’s sister called him a “mediocre existentialist” earlier this week, while his lawyer said he was just a “backpacker.” A friend of both Brian and Gabby Petito said that Brian spent time on the Appalachian Trail in 2018.

Gray notes that Rudolph was caught by a rookie police officer in 2003 while rummaging through the dumpster of a supermarket in Murphy, North Carolina.

Gray said Friday.


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