Authorities are searching in a “vast” Florida preserve after the family of Brian Laundrie, the boyfriend of Gabby Petito, who went missing while the pair were on a cross-country journey, said his location was also unknown.
“Be advised that the whereabouts of Brian Laundrie are currently unknown,” the family’s attorney stated Friday. “The FBI is currently at the Laundrie residence removing property to assist in locating Brian. As of now the FBI is now looking for both Gabby and Brian.”
The department also shared a photo of officers gathered for the search:
“His family says they believe he entered the area earlier this week. More details when available,” the post read.
The pair had been traveling across the country since June and documenting the trip online. However, “Laundrie returned home to North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1 without his girlfriend, according to police,” the ABC report said.
The young woman’s parents reported her missing on September 11 because they had not heard from her in two weeks.
Breitbart News reported Thursday Utah’s Moab City Police Department released video footage of officers interacting with Petito and Laundrie on August 12.
The bodycam footage showed officers responding to a 911 call about a domestic incident between the two:
In response to the announcement that Laundrie’s location was unknown, a lawyer for the Petito family said, “All of Gabby’s family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing.”
In a statement shared via Twitter on Friday, the North Port Police Department said it understood the community’s frustration regarding the case.
“For six days, the North Port Police Department and the FBI have been pleading with the family to contact investigators regarding Brian’s Fiancé Gabby Petito. Friday is the first time they have spoken with investigators in detail”:
“It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime. We are not currently working a crime investigation. We are now working a multiple missing person investigations,” the department concluded.