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Brian Laundrie’s dad is now helping search efforts in Florida

How Brian Laundrie’s dad might have helped law enforcement in the search for his son

A look at the Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota, Fla., where police are looking for Brian Laundrie.
In this photo provided by North Port Police Department, law enforcement officials conduct a search of the vast Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota, Fla., area for Brian Laundrie on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.
North Port Police Department via Associated Press

Brian Laundrie’s dad, Chris Laundrie, has been asked to help law enforcement in their search for his son, according to multiple reports.

Laundrie is wanted as a person of interest in the search for Gabby Petito, his late girlfriend. Petito and Laundrie went on a road trip together this summer but only Laundrie returned home, driving Petito’s van. Petito was later reported missing on Sept. 11. Laundrie then disappeared on Sept. 13 and was reported missing on Sept. 17.

Officials found Petito’s body on Sept. 19. She was later confirmed to have died by homicide.

Since then, there’s been a search for Laundrie, which kicked up after the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie over “use of unauthorized access device” related to the death of Petito.

Much of the search has been focused at the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre park in Sarasota County, Florida. Laundrie was believed to have gone on a hike there.

The Laundrie family’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, told NewsNation Now reporter Brian Entin that Chris Laundrie is helping in the search for Brian Laundrie.

“Chris Laundrie is assisting Law Enforcement today in the search for Brian. Chris was asked to point out any favorite trails or spots that Brian may have used in the preserve. Although Chris and Roberta Laundrie provided this information verbally 3 weeks ago it is now thought that on-site assistance may be better,” Bertolino said in a statement sent to Entin. “The preserve has been closed to the public and the Laundries as well but the parents have been cooperating since the search began.”

Chris Laundrie then reportedly arrived at the Carlton Reserve in his truck. He “then got onto a little all terrain vehicle with law enforcement and went into the swamp,” according to Entin.

On Wednesday, Bertolino said that law enforcement had asked Brian Laundrie’s dad 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.

However, the North Port Police Department denied asking Chris Laundrie for help in the search. But the North Port police has said the FBI is in charge of the investigation.

An unnamed source told CNN that Laundrie’s father had been asked to show law enforcement trails in the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve, specifically trails that Brian Laundrie might have used in the past.

But officials found a fresh campsite in the Carlton Reserve, which stopped officials from using Chris Laundrie in their search, a source told CNN. The 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve is closed to visitors.

Bertolino said the family offered to help the North Port police in their search but the request was never returned.

“Since the preserve has been closed to the public Chris has not been able to look for Brian in the only place Chris and Roberta believe Brian may be,” Bertolino told the New York Post.

“Unfortunately North Port police had to postpone Chris’ involvement but Chris and Roberta are hopeful there will be another opportunity to assist,” he added.