Authorities search for Brian Laundrie 500 miles from home following Facebook tip
Florida authorities looking for Gabby Petito's boyfriend said Tuesday that someone wearing his likeness was caught with a deer camera hiking through the wilderness.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said they are looking into reports that Brian Laundrie has been sighted in the area.
"We are aware of this and are actively reviewing it," said spokeswoman Michele Nicholson. "There is no confirmation at this point."
The announcement follows a Facebook post on Monday from a user who claimed he saw a man resembling Laundrie at 6:17 a.m. carrying a backpack in Baker, Florida, about 500 miles from Laundrie's home in North Port removed.
"I'm not saying this is the guy, but whoever was on my trail cam this morning in Baker, Fl, fits Brian Laundrie's description a lot. The authorities have been contacted, but people in North West Florida hold up Look out. " Bass wrote on Facebook.
Laundrie is a person interested in Petito's disappearance who has been missing for almost a week. His parents told authorities that he went on a backpacking hike on the Carlton Reservation but never returned.
Investigators were looking for him on Tuesday in the 25,000-acre nature reserve near his family's home in Florida. The authorities focused on a specific part of the reserve and adjacent areas.
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The search comes when police are trying to find out what happened to the young couple on a road trip across the country to the national parks.
Laundrie was the last known person to see Petito alive. He returned to his family home from the couple's trip on September 1, but declined to speak to authorities about Petito's disappearance.
The couple left New York on July 22nd and made stops in Colorado and Utah. Petito was last seen on August 24 when she and Laundrie were checking out of a Salt Lake City hotel. Her mother, Nicole Schmidt, said she last heard from her daughter on August 25 when Petito told her they were going to Wyoming.
Schmidt said her daughter seemed "excited" about her next adventure, but that she was worried when Petito stopped communicating.
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"A couple of days are one thing when camping, but when it's seven, eight, nine, ten days, that's a problem," says Schmidt.
Officials announced on Sunday that they had been found in Wyoming near where the couple was last seen.
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Original author: Barnini Chakraborty
Original location: Authorities look for Facebook tip for Brian Laundrie 500 miles from home
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