A FORMER Navy SEAL has revealed how Brian Laundrie may be concealing his location to escape police clutches – but has one huge disadvantage.
Joel Lambert – who starred in the TV show Lone Target – says hiding in swamps can help fugitives elude authorities as it is easy to become lost in them and hide your trail.
Lambert spent a decade as a Navy SEAL and Lone Target saw him at the center of mock manhunts, in which he had 48 hours to hide from the best fugitive trackers in the world – including the Korean National Police and the US Army's Phantom Recon Unit.
Speaking from his experience, Lambert has said Laundrie could be using somewhere like a swamp to keep out of the way of the FBI – who have been hunting for him after he disappeared almost a month ago.
"Swamps are very difficult, mind-sucking places to be," he told NewsNation.
"But there’s abundant water and there’s generally lots of food that you can find. And it’s very easy to get yourself lost and conceal the trail."
But Lambert says Laundrie, 23, has a huge disadvantage against cops – everyone knows what he looks like.
"I was kind of a blank slate that I could go in and create whatever narrative I wanted to, Brian Laundrie doesn’t have that luxury," Lambert added.
"He’s a wanted man."
Although Laundrie is familiar with the Carlton Nature Reserve in Sarasota, Florida – where many believe he's hiding out – Lambert thinks it's only a matter of time before he's found.
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Laundrie was reported missing by his parents on September 17 after allegedly telling them that he was going for a hike in the alligator and snake-infested reserve.
He had returned to Florida alone on September 1 – days after Gabby had last spoken to her family.
Gabby’s family reported the vlogger missing on September 11 – just a week before her remains were found in Wyoming.
An expert has claimed Laundrie could have survived this long hiding out at a nature reserve but that his time is running out.
Survival expert Dave Canterbury believes if Laundrie had packed enough supplies in a backpack, he could still be alive if he's been evading capture at the reserve.
"I think a lot of that depends really on how prepared he was when he entered the area to begin with," he told CNN.
"If he had supplies in a backpack, which it's rumored that he had, if he had ways to disinfect water through filtration and cover to protect himself from the weather and things like that, he could survive for a certain period of time.
"But if he had ways to gather food and process that food he could survive even longer.
"The question really becomes if you can gather food, how are you going to process and cook that food without starting a fire, and if your filtration fails, how are you going to disinfect the water without starting a fire.
"Starting a fire is going to be a big no no for him if he doesn't want to get found or seen, so I think it's going to be very difficult for him to stay out there for a very long period of time.
"But I think up to this point he could have enough stuff in a backpack to have gotten along this far and still be there."
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