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Brian Laundrie search heats up at Carlton Reserve after a quiet week

Police activity kicked up in the Brian Laundrie search. Here’s what happened

Teams at Carlton Reserve near North Port, Florida, continue their search for Brian Laundrie.
Search teams fan out at Carlton Reserve park near North Port, Fla., to search for Brian Laundrie, the boyfriend of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021.
North Port Police Department via Associated Press

There was a lot of activity at one of the entrances to the Carlton Reserve on Thursday after a quiet week in the search for Brian Laundrie.

Per WFLA, there were several law enforcement vehicles spotted at the Venice, Florida, entrance at the end of the reserve on Thursday morning.

  • This was the first time law enforcement vehicles had arrived at that entrance, WFLA reported.
  • Several teams moved through the reserve on Thursday afternoon, too.
  • The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office’s human remains detection unit and a K-9 trainer entered the reserve, too.

This isn’t the first time these units have come out to the reserve, per WFLA.

  • “We have sent the HRD K9s a few times and patrol K9s (who are also trained to track those who are missing) a few times,” a spokeswoman for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office told WFLA. “For more insight, we’re one of the only law enforcement agencies in Florida that have HRD K9s in house, so we’re often requested to assist in that aspect across the state.”

This week represents about the one-month mark since Laundrie was last seen. The Laundrie family told police in North Port, Florida, that Laundrie was last seen on Monday, Sept. 13 (they originally said he left on Tuesday, Sept. 14). He has been missing ever since.

Laundrie is a person of interest in the Gabby Petito case. Petito and Laundrie went on a road trip this summer, but only Laundrie returned home to North Port on Sept. 1. Petito was reported missing 10 days later. Her body was found on Sept. 19 in Wyoming. Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue said Petito died by strangulation.

Laundrie’s whereabouts remain unknown.