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Brian Laundrie search: ‘Items of interest’ found at Carlton Reserve, FBI says

The FBI said “items of interest” were discovered at the Carlton Reserve related to Brian Laundrie. Here’s what we know

Reporters inspect a creek at the Carlton Reserve during a search for Brian Laundrie.
Reporters inspect a creek flowing under an entrance road at the Carlton Reserve during a search for Brian Laundrie on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Venice, Fla. “Items of interest” connected to the search for Laundrie were found at the reserve on Wednesday, according to FBI Tampa.
Phelan M. Ebenhack, Associated Press

“Items of interest” connected to the search for Brian Laundrie were found at the Carlton Reserve on Wednesday, according to FBI Tampa.

  • “Items of interest were located at the Carlton Reserve this morning in connection with the search for Brian Laundrie,” FBI Tampa said in a tweet. “An #FBI Evidence Response team is processing the scene. The reserve is closed to the public and no further details are available at this time.”

The FBI statement comes after Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said investigators had found “some articles” belonging to Laundrie off the trail of the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Carlton Reserve is about 20 minutes away from the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. It’s unclear if the items found at the park are the same as those found at the reserve. The Deseret News has reached out to the FBI for answers.

According to Bertolino, the Laundrie family traveled to Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park to meet with investigators, who conducted a “brief search.”

  • “I think we might have found something,” an officer told the Laundrie parents, per

Laundrie is wanted as a person of interest in the Gabby Petito case. Laundrie and Petito went on a cross-country road trip this summer, but only Laundrie returned home on Sept. 1, driving Petito’s van. Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11. Petito was found dead by strangulation in Wyoming on Sunday, Sept. 19.

According to Laundrie’s family, Brian Laundrie left home on Monday, Sept. 13, and hasn’t been seen since. His whereabouts remain unknown. Police have focused their efforts on the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre campground in Florida.