Police Bring Cadaver Dogs to Carlton Reserve Amid Search for Fugitive Brian Laundrie

Dogs trained to detect human remains were brought to a Florida nature reserve where investigators have been searching for Brian Laundrie for weeks.

Laundrie’s girlfriend Gabby Petito was found dead of a homicide in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest on September 19. The Teton County Medical Examiner announced this week that Petito died of manual strangulation. Laundrie, 23, had been named a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance but has not yet been named a suspect in her murder. Laundrie’s parents told police they last saw him on September 13, when he said he was going for a hike at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida.

News Nation Now reporter Brian Entin, reporting from near the scene, said in a Twitter post on Thursday that K-9 dogs trained in the detection of human remains are present at the Carlton Reserve. Authorities have not confirmed that the dogs were brought there in connection to the search for Laundrie. Also, the Pasco County Sheriff’s office said the dogs had been brought to the reserve multiple times in the last month.

Authorities have named no suspects in Petito’s murder. Laundrie is the subject of a federal warrant charging him with fraudulent use of another person’s bank account in late August and early September. The Teton County medical examiner said in a press conference this week that Petito was likely dead for three to four weeks before her body was found on September 19.

Read CrimeOnline’s comprehensive coverage of the Gabby Petito investigation.

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