Search crews will begin searching for Brian Laundry in the Florida Wetlands this weekend after a search stopped at a 2,000-acre Carlton Reserve in a desert park in Sarasota County on Friday.
The investigation comes a day after the FBI issued a federal arrest warrant for the events following the death of his fiance, Gabby Petito.
The department said in a social media post, “We’ll be back over the weekend. Focus on more potential areas across the reserve.
Laundry’s parents told investigators he was camping in the park on Sept. 14 after returning home from a cross-country trip to national parks without Petito on Sept. 1.
The search for the laundry, which has been missing for more than a week, turned into an operation on Thursday after a grand jury framed charges against him over the unauthorized use of a Capital One debit card and several accounts. The document states that he spent more than 1,000 1,000 but did not say who owned the cards or the accounts.
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The complaint, released Thursday by the U.S. District of Wyoming, alleges Laundry had unauthorized access to a device and said he used a bank account without permission from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.
Laundry Petito is thought to have been involved in the killings, but no charges have been filed against him.
Authorities said Thursday they were searching for laundry in a specific section of the Carlton Reserve, a search that has been narrowed for the first time. More than 75 law enforcement personnel from 16 agencies joined the investigation.
The park includes thousands of acres of wetlands, colonial terrain and wildlife, including alligators, snakes, bobcats and coyotes. There are more than 100 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding, camping areas and rivers.
The reserve is very wet and contains little food or safe drinking water, said Mark Buru, a local survival expert. He added that clouds of black bears, panthers and creeping insects also inhabit the reserve.
“If he’s there in the Carlton Reserve, he’s living in hell,” Burroughs said.
Authorities are using a special diver unit, dogs, drones and ATV vehicles to search the park.
“It is currently deep in waist water in many areas,” North Port Police said in a Facebook post. “It’s a dangerous job for search crews as they wander through gator- and snake-infested swamps and flooded hiking and biking trails.”
In July, Petito and Laundry embarked on a road trip that they documented on social media as a romantic adventure. The trip was scheduled to end next month in Oregon, but the laundry returned home alone to the couple’s Florida home about 35 miles south of Sarasota. Petito’s parents reported him missing 10 days later.
His body was found Sunday in a campground near Wyoming Grand Teton National Park, and preliminary autopsy results showed his death was a homicide. Teton County did not provide a specific reason for the final autopsy results of Corona’s death.
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On Monday, the Utah Grand County Sheriff’s Office released a 911 call from Aug. 12, where the caller said he drove into the couple’s van and witnessed “the gentleman slapping the girl.”
Body camera video released last week showed Petito breaking down in tears as police stopped on the side of a highway near Arches National Park in Utah. The footage shows a Utah police officer talking to Laundry, who said there had been friction between the two for several days, although authorities at the scene took no action other than telling the couple to stay apart for the night.
After returning from a trip without Laundry Petito and missing himself, the FBI searched the van and the couple went to their family home in Florida. Investigators say Laundry and people in its vicinity hid critical information about the case.
The laundry family issued a brief statement through attorney Steven Bertolino: “Gabby, keep the peace.”
Laundry is a white male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, with brown eyes, short brown hair and trimmed facial hair. Anyone with information can get tips via the national hotline at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).
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Contributions: Joel Shannon, Christine Fernando and Crystal Hayes, USA Today; Patricia McNite, Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Associated Press