Search for Brian Laundrie to be ‘scaled back and targeted,’ police say

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This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. The couple was pulled over while they were having an emotional fight. Petito was reported missing by her family a month later and is now the subject of a nationwide search. (The Moab Police Department via AP)

NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) — The FBI is now leading the search for Brian Laundrie, the missing fiancée of Gabby Petito. A reward for information leading to his whereabouts is up to $30,000.

Laundrie was last seen by his family on Sept. 14.  His family told police he went to the Carlton Reserve, a nearly 25,000-acre preserve in Sarasota County. Multiple agencies have spent the past week scouring the area for signs of Laundrie.

On Monday, North Port police spokesman Josh Taylor said the search for Laundrie will be “scaled back and targeted based on intelligence.”

“Hopefully, water will lower in areas hard to currently access,” Taylor said in a statement to News Channel 8. “NPPD will continue to assist based on their [the FBI’s] direction.”

Laundrie is a person of interest in Petito’s death, which has been ruled a homicide.

Petito’s remains were found last Sunday near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.  She was laid to rest at a funeral service in New York on Sunday.

On Sunday, the FBI visited Laundrie’s family’s home in North Port and took personal items belonging to Laundrie to use for DNA matching, the family’s attorney said. Video shows agents speaking to someone at the home for about three minutes.

“Dog the Bounty Hunter,” also visited the Laundrie’s home on Saturday.

The reality TV personality, whose real name is Duane Chapman, knocked on the front door around 4:30 p.m.. No one answered.

When asked why he was there, Chapman told a NewsNation reporter “come on, you know,” and implored the public to share tips by calling 833-TELL-DOG.

The FBI has set up a national hotline to receive tips about Petito’s disappearance. Those with information are being asked to call 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324). 

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