Brian Laundrie was not spotted in Okaloosa County, Florida, despite social media rumors that he had been caught on deer trail camera footage.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that the office had identified an individual in the image, saying it wasn’t Laundrie, who is currently a person of interest in the Gabby Petito case.
- “The OCSO has confirmed the man is an Okaloosa County resident who acknowledged he was the one walking on the deer trail carrying his backpack,” the department said. “Several OCSO deputies familiar with the individual noticed the resemblance to the photo of the person spotted on the deer trail, as well as the presence of a neck tattoo.”
This isn’t the first time that social media has spurred rumors of Laundrie’s whereabouts. Authorities in Mobile, Alabama, investigated reports that Laundrie had arrived in Alabama. Other reports suggested there was a body found in Tillman’s Corner that some thought was Laundrie. But officials told WKRG News 5 that the body was not Laundrie.
Laundrie and Petito went on a cross-country road trip in July. But only Laundrie returned home to North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1. Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11. Laundrie invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to speak with police about the case.
Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed Tuesday that human remains found in Wyoming over the weekend were Petito and she had died by homicide.