An entrance to the Carlton Reserve in Florida has been cordoned off with police tape as authorities continue to search for 23-year-old fugitive, Brian Laundrie.
Reporter Allyson Henning with WFLA reports that she saw the yellow police tape at the North Port side of the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, which connects to the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County. Several police vehicles were spotted in the area.
According to the outlet, this is the first time yellow police tape has been seen in the area during the search for Laundrie.
Police also brought in a cadaver dog to search the area on Thursday.
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 were 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.
Police tape went up this morning at one of the entrances to the nature reserve that has been at the center of the search for #BrianLaundrie.@WFLAAllyson is at the scene: https://t.co/YvmHD4PPa5 pic.twitter.com/u6T61jdEGH
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) October 15, 2021
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 their cross-country trip in July, but by September 1, Laundrie returned to his parents’ North Port, Florida, home with Petito’s van, sans Petito.
On September 19, authorities found Gabby’s deceased body in a remote area at the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. According to Teton County coroner, Dr. Blue, Gabby died from strangulation; her death has been listed as a homicide.
Authorities issued the warrant for Laundrie after he allegedly used a Capitol One Bank debit card without permission following Gabby’d death. 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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