The search for Brian Laundry at the Florida Nature Reserve will be extended back following the death of his fiancee Gabby Pettito this week.
North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said the FBI is now leading the search that will be “targeted based on intelligence.”
More than 75 law enforcement personnel from 16 agencies Joined the search last week At the 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County after the FBI issued a federal arrest warrant over the events that followed Petito’s death. Officials used a special diving unit, dogs, drones and ATV vehicles to search the wetlands.
“I don’t think you’re going to see those massive efforts this week,” Taylor told USA Today. “The hope is that the water in areas currently difficult to access will be reduced.”
The park includes thousands of acres of marshy, subtropical terrain and wildlife including crocodiles, snakes, bobcats and coyotes. There are more than 100 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, camping areas, and rivers.
Laundry was last seen about two weeks ago when he told his parents he was hiking in the Carlton Reserve on September 1 after returning home from a cross-country trip to the national parks without Pettito. Was.
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The couple’s journey, which was documented on social media as a romantic adventure, began in July and was scheduled to end the following month in Oregon. After Laundry returned home alone, investigators say he refused to share important information about the case with them.
Petito’s body was then found at a campground near Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. Laundry is believed to have an interest in Petito’s murder but has not been charged.
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According to documents released Thursday by the US District of Wyoming, Laundry has been charged with unauthorized use of a Capital One debit card and multiple accounts with more than $1,000. The indictment also accuses Laundry of unauthorized access to a device and states that she accessed bank accounts without permission from about August 30 to September 1.
Meanwhile, TV personality Duane Lee Chapman, also known as “Dog the Bounty Hunter”, joined the search And promised to find the laundry on November 18th before her 24th birthday. A law firm offered a $20,000 reward For information that leads straight to the laundry.
As investigators continued to search the laundry, mourners gathered in New York on Sunday to celebrate Pettito’s life. Funeral services were held in Holbrook, New York. Bayport—near the Blue Point community where Pettito grew up.
Petito’s father, Joseph, told the crowd at the funeral home that the day was a day to remember his daughter, not to enjoy the grief of her death, NBC New York informed of.
He said, “When you leave here today, be inspired by what they brought to the table because the whole planet now knows this woman’s name. And she got a lot of women and a lot of men to be the first to do that.” Inspired by what is best for them.” “I couldn’t be more proud of a father.”
Contribution: John Bacon, USA Today