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This expert questions if Brian Laundrie really returned home

John Walsh, the host of ‘In Pursuit,’ said he’s skeptical of Brian Laundrie’s story

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Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito together in a photo.

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito together during their road trip.

North Port, Florida, Police Department

John Walsh, the host of “In Pursuit” and former host of “America’s Most Wanted,” has questioned whether or not Brian Laundrie returned home after the road trip with Gabby Petito, and if the police are right about his potential whereabouts, according to Insider.

Currently, the North Port, Florida, police and the FBI are searching through the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre park, in Sarasota County, Florida, for Brian Laundrie. They’ve been combing through the reserve since he was reported missing by his family on Friday, Sept. 17. His family said they hadn’t seen him since Sept. 14.

“I’m of a different persuasion and a different philosophy on going back to the swamp. I think he was never there,” Walsh told CNN.

Laundrie had returned from his cross-country road trip with Gabby Petito on Sept. 1, which was 10 days before Petito was reported missing. Laundrie invoked his Fifth Amendment right and refused to speak with the police about the case.

On Sunday, the FBI in Denver said officials had found human remains in Wyoming that were consistent with the description of Petito. Then on Tuesday, the FBI confirmed the body was that of Gabby Petito and she had died from homicide. The North Port police said Tuesday night that Laundrie had not been found despite rumors that police had captured him.

Efforts to find Laundrie will continue in the Carlton Reserve on Wednesday.

Walsh, though, doesn’t think he ever went there. Police said they found his car at the reserve, but Walsh said there are questions about that fact that make the story seem sketchy.

In fact, Walsh told CNN he’s unsure if Laundrie ever returned to his home in North Port.

“‘Has anybody seen any confirmation that he was in that house?’” Walsh said on CNN. “What if he came back with the van? He was there for 10 days. Great amount of time to prepare for an escape. Could’ve scraped the van. I’m surprised the FBI finds anything in that van or anything in the house. So 10 days he’s there, did anybody see him? Did any neighbors ever actually see Brian?”