Brian Laundrie’s father joins search in Carlton Reserve

Reporter: Erika Jackson Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Credit: Gabby Petito’s instagram

The search for Brian Laundrie continued on Thursday as investigators returned to the Carlton Reserve area, this time assisted by Brian’s father Christopher Laundrie.

The Laundrie family attorney said that Christopher Laundrie has been brought into the search to, “point out any favorite trails or spots that Brian may have used in the preserve.”

Thursday’s search is focused on the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. Crews could be seen combing through the area on foot. The Laundrie family said they think this is the only area Brian could be. North Port Police found Brian’s car abandoned in the area on Sept. 14.

The family attorney said that the Laundrie parents provided this information to law enforcement verbally three weeks ago, but said that law enforcement believes on-site assistance would be more helpful. The Laundrie family attorney also said that the parents have been cooperating with law enforcement since the search began.

Christopher Laundrie returned home after helping in the search and went inside without answering any questions. The family’s attorney said nothing was found on Thursday but said the effort was helpful.

WINK News safety and security specialist Rich Kolko said, “if it’s pointing out trails in the park there, he clearly could have done that on a map. But if he’s out there working with law enforcement, that may further the cooperation between him and the family.”

Brian’s parents said they last saw him when he left for a hike in the Carlton Reserve on Sept. 13. One day earlier than they initially told the FBI they last saw him.

Brian Laundrie is wanted by the FBI for using a credit card after Gabby Petito’s death.

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