Authorities continue to search for Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the suspected murder of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, last month.
“The effort was helpful to all”
The latest leg of the search was said to be focused on the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, which is connected to the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida. Brian Laundrie is believed to have been last seen near that location.
A family attorney issued a statement on Thursday confirming that Laundrie’s father aided investigators in their search.
“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,” Steve Bertolini said, according to Fox News.
Although the attorney acknowledged there “were no discoveries” during the search, he claimed that “the effort was helpful to all” and that “certain areas are more accessible to search” since the water nearby is receding.
“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,” Bertolini added. “Hopefully Brian will be located soon.”
The search continues
Of course, Chris Laundrie’s work alongside the FBI has not been without controversy, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Photos have emerged that show Laundrie apparently chatting and laughing with agents, which struck many individuals as off-putting in light of the grim circumstances under which they were searching the preserve in the first place.
Laundrie was first reported missing on Sept. 17, at which time his parents claimed that he left for a backpacking trip in the Carlton Reserve and had not returned home.
Subsequent leads have pointed investigators to nearby locations, including a fresh campsite, but none have panned out thus far.
The person of interest could be relying on his camping skills to survive in the 25,000-acre reserve, though the length of time since his disappearance leaves open the possibility that he has long since moved on. In any case, it seems clear that many Americans will remain gripped by the real-time crime saga for some time to come.