NORTH PORT, Florida (AP) – Police in Florida on Saturday searched a vast wildlife reserve near the Gulf Coast for 23-year-old Brian Laundry, a man interested in the disappearance of his girlfriend Gabriel Gabby Petito. ۔
Dozens of North Port police officers, FBI agents and members of other law enforcement agencies searched the 24,000-acre (9,712-hectare) Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota area of Florida.
Northport police tweeted on Saturday, “His family says they believe he entered the area earlier this week.
The laundry’s family first told officers they had not seen him since Tuesday. Police said the first conversation took place on Friday evening when they spoke in detail with the laundry about the case, and the meeting took place at the family’s request. A family lawyer called FBI investigators and said they wanted to talk about the missing laundry, police said.
Laundry and Petito, 22, set off in July in a modified van on a cross-country track to visit national parks in the American West. Police said Laundry was alone when she drove the van back to her parents’ home in North Florida on Sept. 1.
Laundry has been identified as the person interested in the case.
“It is important to note that although Brian Gabby is a person interested in his disappearance, he is not wanted for any crime,” Northport Police said in a statement Friday. He added that the investigation is now a case of more than one missing person.
Brian Laundry’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Associated Press on Friday night.
The Petito family’s lawyers issued a statement saying the laundry was not “missing”.
All of Gabby’s family wants the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing, “said a statement from Richard B. Stafford’s Law Office.
Earlier in the week, Petito’s family begged the laundry family to tell them where their son had last seen them. Petito and Laundry were childhood sweethearts who grew up on New York’s Long Island. Her parents later moved to Northport, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Sarasota.
A police video released by the Moab Police Department in Utah shows an officer pulling a van August 12 when he was seen speeding and hitting a curb near the entrance to Arches National Park. The bodycam video showed an emotional patio sitting inside a police cruiser while officers also questioned the laundry.
Laundry says the couple in the video had a minor altercation that began when he climbed into the van with dirty feet, and said he did not want to pursue a domestic violence charge against Petito, which led officers to decide. That he was aggressive.
Eventually Moab police decided they would not file any charges and instead separated the couple for the night, laundry checked into a motel and Petito stayed with the modified sleeper van.
The formal conversation with the family took place on Friday when Northport Chief Todd Garrison publicly expressed frustration at not helping Brian Laundry on Wednesday, asking the laundry’s lawyer to arrange a conversation. “Two people set out on a journey and one came back!” An earlier tweet from the police chief said.
His voyage in the Fort Transit van began on Long Island in July. Authorities say he planned to travel to Oregon via Halloween, according to his social media accounts, but Gourmet disappeared from Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park in late August after the last known contact with his family.
In other developments, a Utah sheriff said Friday that detectives have determined a link between Petito’s disappearance from a trip and the shooting death of two women at a camp site near Moab, Utah. do not have. The bodies of two women, 24-year-old Calvin Schultz and 38-year-old Crystal Turner, were found six days after the laundry and potato traffic was stopped.
Utah Grand County Sheriff Steven White said in a statement that the two cases were irrelevant.