North Port, Fla. His girlfriend who went missing while trekking cross-country.
Brian Laundry’s exploration has resumed in the 2,000-acre (, 712-hectare) Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida, which is a wildlife area with a 100-mile (1-kilometer-kilometer) trail and campground.
Laundry and Gabriel “Gabby” Petito set out on a cross-country trek in a converted van on July 22 to visit national parks in the western United States. Police said Laundry was alone when the van returned to her parents’ home in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1.
Laundry has been identified as an interested person in the case.
North Port Police said in a statement, “It’s important to note that Brian Gabby is interested in the disappearance of the person, but he did not want to commit any crime.” It added that the investigation is now a “multiple missing person” case.
Laundry’s family members told investigators that the last time they saw him was on Tuesday when they believed he had gone to a wildlife sanctuary in the Sarasota area.
The Petito family was requesting the laundry family when their son last saw them. Petito and Laundry were childhood lovers who met when they grew up on Long Island, New York. His parents later moved to the northern port about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Sarasota.
The couple’s trek in the Fort Transit van started from Long Island in July. They wanted to arrive in Oregon in late October, according to their social media account, but Petito disappeared after his last acquaintance with family from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in late August.
The FBI in Denver said Saturday that agents in Grand Teton National Park, with the help of the Ground Teton National Park Service and local law enforcement agencies, have begun searching for clues about Petito’s disappearance.
FBI agents tweeted that they were concentrating on an undeveloped camping area near Spread Creek on the park’s eastern boundary, which was closed to the public at the time of the survey. Anyone who was present between August 27 and 300 and saw petito, laundry or their car is requested to contact them.
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