What a scaled-back search for Brian Laundrie could mean for the future

Reporter: Erika Jackson Writer: Drew Hill
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For now, there aren’t any protesters with megaphones outside of the Laundrie family home in North Port. But, there also isn’t an active search for Brian Laundrie in Carlton Reserve at the moment.

For those living on Wabasso Avenue in North Port, this silence is welcomed. After weeks of protests, raids and pushing and shoving outside of Brian Laundrie’s home, fewer cars and only a handful of news crews is a sight for sore eyes.

The only interruption seen on Friday was another banner in the sky. A group of Tiktokkers organized a flyover above the Laundrie home. The latest banner read “End the silence – Justice for Gabby.”

Olivia Vitale wants to make sure Gabby’s name and case are not forgotten. “Our efforts are so that Gabby cannot be forgotten. We don’t want this to become another cold case. And this will help keep basically her story out there,” Vitale said.

Investigators didn’t return to Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County on Friday to continue searching. However, authorities say that could change at any moment’s notice.

Rich Kolko is WINK News’ Safety and Security Specialist. “We’ve seen a very busy search at the reserve over the last few weeks. It’s kind of tapered down over the last few days. But that doesn’t mean investigators aren’t busy,” Kolko said.

Kolko is confident that the federal agents are busy following leads and conducting interviews.

Vitale is doing what she can to make sure that Gabby Petito’s name stays in the spotlight. “I am very eager for answers as we all are. This has been pretty crazy and yeah, we just kind of want this to be over,” said Vitale.

She’s not backing down and hoping that someone steps up with some answers.

The FBI needs tips to keep the investigation moving forward. If you have information about the Gabby Petito case you should call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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