THE campsite where Brian Laundrie is suspected to have hidden out amid a massive manhunt is shown in a new map.
Dozens of law enforcement officials have spent days searching Florida's Carlton Reserve for Brian, the fugitive fiance of slain hiker Gabby Petito.
On Wednesday reports emerged that officers came across a "fresh campsite" within the 25,000-acre reserve, as Brian's father Chris joined in on the manhunt.
The campsite is located within the reserve's T. Mabry Jr. Memorial Reservation, a source close to the Laundrie family told CNN's Chris Cuomo.
Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino said Brian's parents believe "that is exactly where he is located," Cuomo said.
The site is said to be about 16 miles from where Brian's Ford Mustang was found abandoned by the entrance to the reserve last month.
Chris was seen arriving at the search site at around noon on Thursday.
Dressed in a casual shirt and green baseball cap, he spoke with law enforcement officers from his red truck.
His visit was brief, lasting only about two and a half hours, according to NewsNationNow correspondent Brian Entin.
At around 2.30pm EST Entin reported that Chris had returned to his home in North Port.
Read our Brian Laundrie live blog for the very latest news and updates…
Attorney Bertolino released a statement shortly after Chris returned home from the Carlton Reserve on Thursday afternoon.
“Today Chris Laundrie accompanied members of law enforcement into the Reserve to show them the trails and places Chris and Brian have hiked and which Brian was known to frequent,” Bertolino said, according to Entin.
“There were no discoveries but the effort was helpful to all. It seems the water in the Preserve is receding and certain areas are more accessible to search.
“The entire Laundrie family is grateful for the hard work of the dedicated members of law enforcement that have been searching the Preserve for Brian over the last few weeks. Hopefully Brian will be located soon.”
SEARCH DRAGS ON
Brian vanished just days before Gabby's body was discovered on September 19 at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, where the couple had been traveling together.
He drove back to his North Port home alone in Gabby's van on September 1, a week and a half before her mother reported her missing.
Brian's parents reported him missing on September 17 after they claimed he told them he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve.
The Laundrie family has drawn some scrutiny after appearing to change the timeline of events they originally shared with police.
According to a statement released by the family's attorney Steven Bertolino on Tuesday, Brian actually "left to hike in the preserve" on Monday, September 13, not Tuesday, September 14 as his parents originally stated.
Bertolino told WFLA: "The Laundries were basing the date Brian left on their recollection of certain events.
"After consulting with the FBI and confirming the day Brian’s Mustang was found and returned to the Laundries’ home, we now believe the day Brian left to hike in the preserve was Monday September 13."
The FBI issued an arrest warrant, accusing Brian of swiping a Capital One debit card between August 31 and September 1.
Brian remains at large but there have been a series of alleged sightings in parts of Florida, Mexico, Canada, and along the Appalachian Trail. Most potential leads have led to dead ends.
He is considered a person of interest in Gabby's death but has yet to officially be named a suspect.
Brian Laundrie timeline
Brian Laundrie has not been seen since the morning of September 14. Here is a timeline of Laundrie’s latest whereabouts:
- July 2021: Brian Laundrie and his fiancé Gabby Petito leave for a grip across the country. The couple visit numerous national parks across the way.
- August 12: Police in Utah respond to an incident involving the couple. The bodycam footage is not released for another month but it shows a visibly upset Gabby talking to police after reports of a domestic violence incident outside a grocery store.
- August 24: Gabby is seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Laundrie.
- September 1: Laundrie returns to his home in North Port, Florida without Gabby.
- September 6: Laundrie joins his family on a camping trip about 75 miles from their home in North Port.
- September 11: Gabby's family reports her missing.
- September 14: Laundrie issues a statement through his lawyer regarding Gabby. This is allegedly the last time he was seen by his family.
- September 15: Laundrie is named a person of interest in the case of Gabby.
- September 16: Bodycam footage is released regarding the incident between Gabby and Laundrie.
- September 19: The FBI announces a body found at a Wyoming national park is believed to be that of Gabby's.
- September 23: The FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie's arrest claiming he "used unauthorized debit cards after Gabby Petito's death."
- September 26: A funeral is held for Gabby in New York.
- September 27: Dog the Bounty Hunter announces he will lend a hand and help search for Laundrie.
- September 28: Gabby's family held an emotional press conference as the search for Laundrie continued.
- October 5: Laundrie's sister, Cassie, appeared on Good Morning America and urged her brother to come forward.
- October 7: Laundrie's father, Chris Laundrie, assisted law enforcement in the search to find his son.
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