The Manhunt for Brian LaundrieOctober 4, 2021
The murder of Gabby Petito has recently been confirmed to be a homicide with the suspected murderer being her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. The two went out on a camping trip to which Laundrie returned on September 1 without his fiance. He refused to help in the investigation since September 11 when she was declared missing.
Laundrie went missing on September 14 during the investigation and since the discovery of Petito’s body, a search has been underway to find him. The hunt started at the last place his friends and family believed him to be at-Sarasota, Florida national park. The hunt was unsuccessful, and since then, multiple sightings of him have sprung up to help the search although so far none have born any fruit yet.
Multiple sightings of him started surfacing from Alabama despite him having no known connection to the state. There were over 12 sightings of him but all were debunked by the police and the manhunt continued.
Police started receiving more sighting tips from a Walmart on Tillman’s Corner, Mobile, on Monday. Mulitple people reported seeing Laundrie in the parking lot and an investigation uncovered the dead body of a homeless man found in the parking lot’s dumpster. The event was livestreamed by NBC15. Despite the police’s best efforts, there is no known solid evidence that Laundrie was in the area.
Police continued their search by investigating at least seven reports of a man walking towards Mississippi on Interstate 10. the sightings were debunked again and the police even offered a ride to the man in order to stop the calls according to the Insider.
Rumors have even been circulating around social media claiming that Laundrie was apprehended. These rumors however, were also debunked by the North Port Police agency in an email stating that the rumors of Laundrie being apprehended were untrue. Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman even tweeted “Despite rumors on social media this evening, #BrianLaundrie is NOT IN THE CUSTODY of our agency at this time,”
With multiple sightings popping up around the country, Mobile Police Department’s Capt. Paul Burch ensured the public that “each and every call,” about Brian Laundrie is taken seriously. The investigation continues with no word yet about any solid evidence of Laundrie’s whereabouts.