3 Major Factors Why the Search for Brian Laundrie Has Been Difficult for Authorities

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Police in Florida have resumed their search for Brian Laundrie.

Laudrie was the fiancé of Gabby Petito, who had been missing for almost a week.

Authorities have listed three factors impacting their search and making it “difficult,” according to a report from CNN.

1. Laundrie had a multiple-day head start

23-year-old Brian Laundrie was last seen on Tuesday.

He left home with his backpack and told his family that he was going to the Carlton Reserve.

Authorities have been searching the reserve using drones and bloodhounds who had used articles of Laundrie’s clothing taken from his home to get his scent.

2. Wilderness searches are difficult

“It’s really hard to find people even when they want to be found in the nature reserve,” a source told CNN.

“The search area starts to grow every hour he could be in a car or be on foot.”

“It gets pretty daunting, to be honest,” the source tells CNN.

3. Laundrie has not been charged with a crime

Laundrie has not cooperated with police in their search for Petito.

However, since he has not been charged with a crime or been named a suspect, police are unable to do any more than file a search warrant.

The FBI has executed a search warrant at Laundrie’s parents’ home.

Brian lived at this home with Petito.

Watch police body cam footage of Gabby and Brian:

According to a report on BPR, the recent mystery of a 22 year old influencer who vanished in the middle of a cross-country vacation that she and her boyfriend were documenting for their followers sheds light on a relationship that was rockier than their posts portrayed.

Law enforcement officials in Utah have released body camera footage they captured of the couple while investigating a completely different mystery.

Gabby Petito spent the summer traveling with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie to several of the most popular national parks in Utah, Wyoming and California.

Laundrie returned to his home in Florida without Gabby in the van the were traveling in together, which triggered her mother to file a missing persons report with the police.

In August, police in Utah responded to the bodega where Petito was employed to what was described as a “mental health incident” that involved Landrie, Petito and another person who was discovered to be shot and killed just days later. The third person, Kylen Schulte also worked at the bodega with Petito.

Crystal Turner, 38 and Kylen Schulte, 24, were missing for multiple days before being found partially clothed and shot to death by a friend.

A Grand County Sheriff’s Office spokesman told Fox News.“We’re looking at everything, I mean, anything and everything that was suspicious around that time or we’re not ruling anything out at this time,”. He added, “So we’re just investigating the information as it comes in.”

Local police have stated that there is a connection between the influencers and the murdered women, but they have not ruled out the possibility of a relationship between the two mysteries.

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Moab City Police Department also contributed to the ongoing flow of breaking news by releasing body camera footage that they gathered of Petito and Laundrie during an encounter on August 12th. They did not make any custodial arrests, but they did decide to permit Petito to stay with their van while escorting Laundrie to a hotel nearby.

This was the same van Laundrie drove to Flroida, arriving without his girlfriend Petito.

Authorities have stated that Laundrie is not cooperating with their investigation and although is still free, he is a person of interest.

The Petito family has publicly pleaded with Laundrie to assist the police in the search for Petito.

Richard Stafford, the family’s spokesperson said in a statement this week; “Brian claims he wants to sit in the background while we search for Gabby in the wilderness of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks,”.

“Brian left Gabby in the wilderness with grizzly bears and wolves while he sits in the comfort of his home. In his home!” Stafford concluded.

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