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Desirae Malava Ortiz

*FOUND SAFE* Florida Teen Missing from North Port, Near Site of Brian Laundrie Manhunt

A Florida girl has been reported missing from the same area fugitive Brian Laundrie reportedly disappeared from.

Desirae Malava-Ortiz, 16, was reported missing on Thursday, North Port police reported. She was last seen earlier in the week wearing white shoes, ripped jeans, and a sweatshirt. She left her home off of Roxbury Circle in North Port and hasn’t been seen since.

According to North Port police, Desirae’s family said she wasn’t at her boyfriend’s house and wasn’t at her job. She previously visited the Venice/Nokomis area, police said.

The Florida teen could possibly be with an 18-year-old male named Tyler, who may be driving a two-door Honda sedan, grey in color with a tan interior.

Anyone with any information about the teen’s whereabouts should contact Detective Kishia Veigel at 941-429-7335, or send an email to kveigel@northportpd.com.

Meanwhile, Brian Laundrie, who disappeared from his family’s North Port home on September 13, remains missing.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Laundrie is wanted on a felony warrant following the death of his girlfriend, 22-year-old Gabby Petito. Laundrie and Petito embarked on a cross-country trip in July, but by September 1, Laundrie returned to his parents’ North Port home with Petito’s van, sans Petito.

Petito and Laundrie
Instagram/Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie

On September 19, authorities found Gabby’s deceased body in a remote area at the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. Officials confirmed that the manner of death was a homicide but the cause of death is still pending.

Authorities issued a federal warrant for Laundrie for allegedly using a Capitol One Bank debit card without permission after Gabby passed away. Laundrie is said to have used the card between August 30 and September 1, “knowingly and with intent to defraud.”

Laundrie’s parents have insisted they have no clue where he is. They claimed he left their residence with a backpack on and headed to the Carlton Reserve on September 13. They reported him missing four days later.

Anyone with information on Laundrie’s whereabouts should contact the FBI at: tips.fbi.gov, call 1-800-CALL-FBI, or 303-629-7171. Upload photos and videos to: fbi.gov/petito.

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[Feature Photo: Desirae Malava-Ortiz/Police Handout]