Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, told the FBI and North Port Police Department Tuesday night that they intended to come to the park Wednesday morning to look for him, family attorney Steven Bertolino said. Law enforcement met those there Wednesday morning, he said.

After a “brief search” from a track Laundrie visited, family and law enforcement found “some articles” belonging to him, Bertolino said. He would not provide further information on what or how many items were found.

Bertolino said law enforcement is now conducting a more thorough investigation into this area.

The Sarasota County Medical Examiner has been called to the scene, and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said a carcass dog and two spotters were also on the scene. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team and Lee County Sheriff’s Office are also now on site along with a mobile device and a tent.

Nordhavn police declined to comment.

A timeline for the case of 22-year-old Gabby Petito
The discovery comes amid an exhaustive search for Laundrie’s residence, which has now stretched over a month.

Nearly two months ago, Petito, 22, disappeared while she and Laundrie, 23, were on a road trip around the western United States documenting their travels on social media. Laundrie returned to their home in North Point, Florida, where they lived with her parents without Petito on September 1st.

Petito’s family could not get in touch with her and reported her missing 10 days later. Laundrie refused to cooperate with the investigation of her whereabouts, and soon after, he too disappeared, and his family told investigators they thought he had gone to a nearby nature reserve.

Petito’s remains were found in a national forest in Wyoming on September 19 near where the couple was last seen together. Tenton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue has determined that she died of suffocation.
Laundrie has not been explicitly linked to Petito’s killing, but he is the subject of a federal arrest warrant for unauthorized use of another person’s debit card in the days after Petito last spoke to his family.

CNN’s Madeline Holcombe and Jon Passantino contributed to this report.


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