An unnamed source told CNN on Wednesday that the campsite appeared to be recently used at the Florida reserve, which had been the main location in the search for Laundrie over the last few weeks.
The campsite was found even though the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve is closed to visitors.
The search for Laundrie has centered around the Carlton Reserve since Sept. 17, when he was first reported missing by his family. According to recent statements, the Laundrie family last saw Brian Laundrie on Sept. 13.
Laundrie is a person of interest in the disappearance of Gabby Petito, his late girlfriend. The two had been on a cross-country road trip this summer and visited several national parks along the way. But only Laundrie returned home to North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1, driving Petito’s van.
Petito was reported missing 10 days later. Her body was found in Wyoming on Sept. 19. She was later confirmed to have died by homicide.
Brian Laundrie has been missing ever since. Authorities have focused their search on the Carlton Reserve since Laundrie had reportedly left his home to go on a hike there.
Police in North Port said they couldn’t give any major information since the FBI is leading the investigation.
“The FBI would have to answer if that was true,” said Josh Taylor, spokesperson for the police department, told CNN.
The campsite was found on the same day that the Laundrie family’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, said law enforcement had asked Brian Laundrie’s dad, Chris Laundrie, to help in the search, according to the New York Post.
“Chris Laundrie was asked to assist law enforcement in their search for Brian at the preserve today,” Bertolino said in a statement.
Per NBC News, dozens of people have told police that Laundrie was spotted outside the Tennessee border.