Brian Laundrie possibly SPOTTED [PICS]
It appears authorities may be getting closer to Brian Laundrie, American blogger Gabby Petito’s fiancé and a “person of interest” in her murder. Deer camera footage recently captured an apparent hiker who looks like the 23-year-old.
The man was in Baker, Fla., Approximately 800 km from Laundrie’s home in North Port on the state’s Gulf Coast.
According to local Sam Bass, he spotted him just after 6 a.m. on Monday, September 20.
“I’m not saying he’s the guy, but the one that was on my track camera this morning in Baker, Fl fits Brian Laundrie’s description perfectly. Authorities have been contacted, but residents of Northwest Florida are on the lookout, ”Bass wrote on Facebook.
Petito, a social media influencer, had traveled with Laundrie, on a road trip across the country. Police say Laundrie returned home to Florida without her on September 1 – she was reported missing by her family 10 days later.
On Sunday, September 19, the search for her took a heart-wrenching turn when the FBI confirmed it had found what it believed to be her remains.
Police investigate possible sighting of Brian Laundie
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that it is investigating whether the man seen on the deer’s camera is in fact Brian Laundrie, which could change the course of the Gabby Petito murder investigation.
“We are aware of this and are actively checking it. At this point there is no confirmation, ”said a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office. The New York Post.
All of this comes as the autopsy results have confirmed that Petito was likely murdered.
“Coroner Blue’s initial determination as to the mode of death is homicide. The cause of death is pending final autopsy results, ”FBI Denver said in a statement.
They have since called on anyone who may have been at or near the scene to come forward.
“The FBI and our partners remain committed to ensuring that anyone responsible for or complicit in Ms. Petito’s death is held accountable for their actions,” Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said Wednesday.