Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

A body found near a scenic North Carolina overlooking the weekend is not Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie, according to the FBI.

The discovery of the unidentified body Saturday during the Yadkin Valley Overlook near Blue Ridge Parkway led to widespread speculation online that it was Laundrie who is being sought in the disappearance and death of Long Island native Gabby Petito.

The Feds have denied the rumor.

“At present, there is no evidence to link or any reason to believe it is related to the search for fugitive Brian Laundrie,” the FBI told WSOC-TV in a statement Sunday.

The federal agency, along with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, is investigating the remains and has not released an ID.

The FBI has been leading a hunt for Laundrie after the 23-year-old slipped away from his parents’ home in North Port, Fla., Last month. He remains at large.

Laundrie is the only person interested in Petito’s death whose body was found at a remote Wyoming campground on Sept. 19. Her death was decided as a homicide.

Laundrie returned home from the couple’s unfortunate cross-country trip without her 22-year-old boyfriend on September 1, advocating and refusing to speak to authorities.

Brian Laundrie is seen in an Instagram post.
The FBI confirmed that there was no “evidence to link” Brian Landrie to a body found near Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.
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He has not been charged with her death, but is wanted on federal charges by Wyoming for fraud after using Petito’s bank card.

Police have been searching in a swampy 25,000-acre reserve near the Laundrie home for several weeks, but tipsters have reported spotting Laundrie along the Appalachian Trail as far north as the North Carolina / Tennessee border.

Authorities have said the observations were investigated and were not substantiated.

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