“We have received a number of questions about underwater dive vehicles entering the Carlton (Reserve),” spokesperson Joshua Taylor told the Deseret News. “Area resources are looking at large bodies of water, including dive teams, boats and sonar equipment. At this time, this does not mean anything has been found. It’s a part of the overall search process.”
Taylor said the police department was also on scene for another death that had nothing to do with the Laundrie case.
On Friday, Sept. 17, the Laundrie family told North Port police that Laundrie had gone missing and had left their home days before. Since then, police have been searching for Laundrie in Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre park in Sarasota County, Florida. North Port police told the Deseret News they are only searching in Florida and not in other states like Utah or Wyoming.
Petito and Laundrie went on a cross-country road trip during the summer. They visited Utah locations such as Mystic Hot Springs and Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands and Arches national parks. Laundrie returned home on Sept. 11. Ten days later, Petito was reported missing.