Gabrielle Petito: Are Investigators Getting Closer to Finding Brian Laundrie?

Investigators find Brian Laundrie's belongings on a Florida trail

Chris and Roberta Laundrie, the parents of Brian Laundrie, traveled to Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Wednesday morning. Fox News Digital reported that investigators told the parents they “might have found something” that could lead to locating the fugitive, who is considered a person of interest in the homicide of his fiancé Gabrielle Petito.

Steven Bertolino, the attorney representing the Laundrie family, told Fox News Digital that the Laundries told law enforcement that they intended to search the area and met officers at the location. He said that while searching the areas Laundrie was known to frequent, “some articles belonging to Brian were found.”

The attorney also indicated that law enforcement is “conducting a more thorough search of the area” according to Fox News Digital. The Sarasota County Medical Examiner was called to the area to aid in the investigation.

Fox reported:

In a worldwide exclusive, video obtained by Fox News Digital shows the Laundries and the law enforcement officer huddling and speaking as the officer appears to show the couple an unknown discovery. The officer appeared to tell the parents: “I think we might have found something.”

During the couple’s time inside, Chris Laundrie could be seen continually moving in and out of areas of the brush. After a short while, he and Roberta Laundrie separated, with Chris and the two men moving into brush on the left side of the trail for approximately 12 minutes.

The report continued:

Chris returned without law enforcement, and the couple continued on. The Laundries later discovered a white bag and a dark-colored object after traveling through a patch of brambles at the edge of the brush at a clearing. They then could be seen putting the object into the bag and handing it over to the law enforcement officer shortly thereafter, who later took it from them.

Gabrielle Petito disappeared about two months ago while she and Laundrie were on a months-long road trip across the country. They documented their travels on social media.

Petito’s remains were found in a national park in Wyoming on September 19. The coroner ruled that she died of strangulation.

Laundrie returned from the road trip on September 1 without Petito and her parents reported her missing on September 11. Brian later left on September 13, telling his parents he was headed to the Carlton Reserve.

There has not been much information released about Laundrie and Petito’s relationship, but reports revealed that they had a physical altercation in Moab County, Utah. In another incident, the couple was seen having an angry argument.

If the police did find items belonging to Brian Laundrie, it seems likely that they are closer to catching him. The manhunt for the fugitive has stretched over four weeks and many have speculated as to where he has been hiding. Currently, he is not been designated as a suspect in Petito’s death.