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Crews resume search at Carlton Reserve Tuesday for signs of Brian Laundrie

Missing Traveler
Posted at 8:24 AM, Sep 21, 2021

A day after calling off the search for Brian Laundrie at Carlton Reserve, officials searched the preserve again on Tuesday.

This time, they chose an entrance into the reserve about 30 minutes away from the site they started at over the weekend.

Around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, North Port Police said the search ended for the evening with "nothing to note."

Law enforcement agencies plan to resume operations on Wednesday.

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The North Port Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida Wildlife Commission, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Sarasota Police Department, Venice Police Department, K9 search and rescue teams, and other government partners continue to look for 23-year-old Laundrie, the fiancé of Gabby Petito.

North Port Police Officer Joe Fussell aided in the search Tuesday. He told the PIO Josh Taylor, in a pre-recorded interview sent out to reporters, that they have, "ATVs, UTVs, we have multiple drone operators that have been sent in numerous teams. So, we will mix the resources and deploy them out so if they encounter flooded areas or terrain they can't access with these wheeled vehicles, we will deploy our drones directly out into the wooded area."

Laundrie's parents say he visited Carlton Reserve last Tuesday to go hiking. They did not, however, report that he didn't come home until Friday. No one knows why they waited so long to call the police.

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A weekend ground search and aerial search Monday of the 25-thousand-acre preserve has yet to yield any answers.

North Port Police say the Carlton Reserve is a vast and unforgiving location at times, which is currently waist-deep in water in many areas. Crews are having to wade through gator and snake-infested swamps and flooded hiking and biking trails.

"Terrain is very difficult. Essentially 75% of it is underwater and other areas that are dry we're trying to clear. We are expecting to get wet by the end of the day and check the entire area for Brian Laundrie," said Fussell.

On Monday, less than 24 hours after the FBI confirmed it had found a body matching the description of missing traveler Gabby Petito in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest, federal agents executed a search warrant at the home of Brian Laundrie. A Ford Mustang was towed away from the home.

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Officials continue to ask for public assistance by sharing any information through the tip lines 1-800-CALL FBI