The FBI has reportedly demanded some of Brian Laundrie’s personal possessions in order to aid them in their DNA matching attempts, as Laundrie is a person of interest in the killing of his fiancée, Gabby Petito, who was 22 at the time of her death.
As reported by CNN:
During the FBI’s visit to the family home, “The FBI requested some personal items belonging to Brian Laundrie to assist them with DNA matching and Brian’s parents provided the FBI with what they could,” the Laundries’ lawyer, Steven Bertolino said to multiple news outlets.
Following the discovery of Petito’s remains and the initial determination that her death was a homicide, the hunt for Laundrie has been extended further. Petito was reported missing after the couple went on a road trip that was posted on their social media accounts.
Officials in Florida have been searching for Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve after his family earlier informed authorities that he had told them he was traveling to that section of the state.
CNN added, “Teams have been scouring the ‘vast and unforgiving’ Carlton Reserve — 25,000 acres of swampland that’s home to alligators and snakes — since then. Drones, dive teams, and bloodhounds have joined the search effort, according to the North Port Police Department.”
The Daily Wire reported that one of Petito’s friends said Laundrie would be able to live in the wild for months:
Rose Davis, who was one of Petito’s closest friends before she died, told People that Laundrie had once survived in the Appalachians for months and that he is likely hiding out somewhere in the wilderness now. Laundrie, 23, is being hunted by the FBI and a number of state and local law enforcement agencies over Petito’s death.
“He is out in the wilderness, I promise you,” Davis said. “He’s out there. He is.”
“If he’s alive, he’s out there, camping out,” she continued. “He lived in the Appalachians by himself for months.”