Brian Laundrie search ramps up as officers armed with RIFLES scour new part of Carlton Reserve

THE search for Brian Laundrie has ramped up as officers armed with rifles scour a new part of the Carlton Reserve.

Laundrie, 23, remains at large – four weeks after he was reported missing on September 17 by his parents Chris and Roberta.

On Friday, officers seemed to ramp up the search as they turned up at the Carlton Reserve with rifles.

They also entered through the west entrance, just off of Tropicaire at Big Slough – one that they are not used before.

Laundrie allegedly told his mom and dad on September 13 that he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota.

Cops have scoured the 25,000-acre national park for weeks and are yet to find Laundrie.

Laundrie returned to Florida quietly on September 1 without his fiancée Gabby Petito.

Search efforts inside the Carlton Reserve appeared to be winding down but a hive of police activity was spotted at the park's entrance on Thursday.

Read our Brian Laundrie live blog for the very latest news and updates…

Cadaver-smelling K9s were reportedly brought in to help cops in their probe.

Several law enforcement vehicles were spotted on the Venice end of the reserve at around 9:30am, according to WFLA,

Two units from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office were among the units sighted at the scene.

A spokesperson for the department confirmed that two K9 units – a human remains detection (HRD) unit and a K9 trainer – were on scene assisting the North Port Police Department, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.


They added: "We have sent the HRD K9s a few times and patrol K9s (who are also trained to track those who are missing) a few times.

"For more insight, we’re one of the only law enforcement agencies in Florida that have HRD K9s in-house, so we’re often requested to assist in that aspect across the state."

Reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter mounted his own search at Fort de Soto Park after reportedly receiving a tip that Laundrie was there in early September.

It then emerged that Laundrie and his family had a Labor Day camping trip at the park just days after he returned to Florida alone in Gabby's van.

His sister Cassie said they did not discuss Gabby on the trip.

Dog and his team carried out a deep dive into Laundrie’s online presence in order to build a profile and the bounty hunter claimed what he found was “terrifying”.

Dog told The Sun: “There are pictures of demonic angels standing there with the sword, and the throat bleeding. There is blood squirting from their eyes."


He said when his wife Francie saw Laundrie’s posts, they gave her “goosebumps.”

Dog told The Sun: “There are pictures of demonic angels standing there with the sword, and the throat bleeding. There is blood squirting from their eyes."

Coroners announced Gabby's cause of death weeks after a preliminary autopsy ruled the manner of death a homicide.

The vlogger's body was found in a Wyoming campsite on September 19 – days after she was reported missing by her family.

Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue added that the vlogger's predicted death was three to four weeks before her body was found. Her remains outside "in the wilderness" for this time.

In an interview with NewsNationNow, Blue said a body lying outside for a lengthy period of time is prone to decomposition.

He said: “In a situation where any body that is outside whether’s it’s exposed to the elements and insects and animals – there’s various forms of decomposition.

“Decomposition usually runs its various course.”

The doctor also confirmed that YouTuber was not pregnant at the time of her death.

He added that a toxicology report was unable to be released at this time.

An investigation into Gabby's death continues.

Brian Laundrie timeline

Brian Laundrie has not been seen since the morning of September 13. Here is a timeline of Laundrie’s latest whereabouts:

  • July 2021: Brian Laundrie and his fiancé Gabby Petito leave for a grip across the country. The couple visit numerous national parks across the way.
  • August 12: Police in Utah respond to an incident involving the couple. The bodycam footage is not released for another month but it shows a visibly upset Gabby talking to police after reports of a domestic violence incident outside a grocery store.
  • August 24: Gabby is seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Laundrie.
  • September 1: Laundrie returns to his home in North Port, Florida without Gabby.
  • September 6: Laundrie joins his family on a camping trip about 75 miles from their home in North Port.
  • September 11: Gabby's family reports her missing.
  • September 13: Laundrie leaves home to go hiking in Carlton Reserve, Florida. His family had initially said he departed on September 14, but revised their timeline weeks later.
  • September 15: Laundrie is named a person of interest in the case of Gabby.
  • September 16: Bodycam footage is released regarding the incident between Gabby and Laundrie.
  • September 19: The FBI announces a body found at a Wyoming national park is believed to be that of Gabby's.
  • September 23: The FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie's arrest claiming he "used unauthorized debit cards after Gabby Petito's death."
  • September 26: A funeral is held for Gabby in New York.
  • September 27: Dog the Bounty Hunter announces he will lend a hand and help search for Laundrie.
  • September 28: Gabby's family held an emotional press conference as the search for Laundrie continued.
  • October 5: Laundrie's sister, Cassie, appeared on Good Morning America and urged her brother to come forward.
  • October 7: Laundrie's father, Chris Laundrie, assisted law enforcement in the search to find his son.
  • October 12: Gabby's autopsy results were made public. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation.  

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