Inside hunt for Brian Laundrie as footage shows teams battling through swamps and rough terrain on day six of search

FOOTAGE shows FBI teams battling through swamps and navigating tricky terrain as the search to find Gabby Petito’s missing fiancé Brian Laundrie enters day six.

Search efforts at the vast Carlton Reserve in Florida have resumed and comes after the FBI issued an arrest warrant for the 23-year-old.



Laundrie was reported missing by his parents Christopher and Roberta last week after allegedly telling them that he was going for a hike in Sarasota.

Search and rescue efforts started last weekend after FBI crews, cops and K9s were deployed to the alligator and snake-infested reserve.

The Carlton Reserve is a 25,000-acre park and is home to venomous rattlesnakes, alligators, coyotes, and bobcats.

Cops called off a “major search” Monday as they said that Laundrie isn’t a suspect – but it was suddenly restarted.

As the search enters the sixth day, Laundrie hasn't been found and police do not know his whereabouts.

Footage uploaded by Josh Taylor, of North Port police, shows teams on swamp buggies navigating the treacherous marshes.

Vehicles jolted as they plowed their way through the long grasses and thick bushes.

A caption accompanying the video said: "Rough is an understatement."

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Swamp buggies were pictured entering the park at around 8am Friday and police have already debriefed officials.

A temporary flight restriction has been raised up to 1,200 feet, from 400, WFLA reports.

It comes as a federal arrest warrant was issued for the 23-year-old according to an indictment filed by the Denver Field Office of the FBI.

Laundrie is accused of swiping Gabby’s Capital One debit card and running up a $1,000 balance from August 31 until September 1.

North Port police have documented the search throughout the week as officers have been snapped wading through muddy waters.

Sheriffs have been spotted moving along a pathway into thick undergrowth while carrying machetes.

Cops from Lee County are also assisting the investigation and officers are using their Dragonfish drone technology as police try to find Laundrie, according to WFTS.

'UNFORGIVING'

It can stay up in the air for around two hours and costs around $0.75 to operate while a chopper costs around $2,000 an hour.

Taylor said the nature reserve is "unforgiving at times".

He added: "This is dangerous work for the search crews as they are wading through gator and snake-infested swamps and flooded hiking and biking trails."

Mark Burrow, a local survival expert, thinks Laundrie is "living in hell" if he's in the Florida wilderness, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

He warned that starting a fire would be "impossible" due to the heavy rains that have hit the nature reserve in recent days.

And, drinking water is likely to be full of tannins after the downpours. They are commonly found in the roots and bark of trees but high concentrations can be harmful to humans.

Cops are using highly sensitive technology and bloodhounds as the search to find Laundrie is intensified.

SEARCH EFFORTS RAMPED UP

But, the effectiveness of such technology is dependent on Laundrie being found alive.

Retired FBI special agent Brian Kensel said search dogs are “likely to lose the scent” of Laundrie’s clothes as they venture into the water.

He told WFTS: “They can track him on land extremely well, it's amazing to watch those dogs work, how well they work. But once you get into the water, they lose the scent.”

Survival instructors are not optimistic that Laundrie could survive in the boggy marshlands for a “long period” but say that it’s possible with the right equipment.

Steve Claytor told ABC7: “He’s going to have to have a lot of stuff to be able to stay out in a humid, hot swampy wet area and be able to maintain that for a while.”

Claytor said Laundrie would need to stay dry and find a place where he could boil water without being spotted by police.

Cops do not know Laundrie’s whereabouts and it’s possible that he may not be in the vast reserve.

Many online sleuths claim they have spotted Petito’s fiancé.

Norma Jean Jalovec says she gave the 23-year-old a lift on August 29 at around 6:15pm near the Jackson Lake Dam, Wyoming.

The alleged encounter came on the same day that Tiktoker Miranda Baker claimed she gave Laundrie a lift in her jeep.

'LAUNDRIE FREAKED OUT'

Jalovec was in the national park as she attended mass at a church – around 1.2miles from the dam.

She said she spotted Laundrie was walking backward and holding his thumb out.

Laundrie reportedly asked her to drop him off at the Spread Creek camping ground but as they approached the entrance, he reportedly freaked out and tried to "get out the moving car", according to Jalovec.

She told Fox News: “I picked him up. Something just said, ‘Hey ask him where he’s going.”

Jalovec told the outlet that everything was legitimate” and she has already spoken to FBI detectives.

The supposed encounter happened minutes after Wisconsin Tiktoker Miranda Baker said she gave Laundrie a ride.

She claimed that they were approached by the 23-year-old at the Grand Teton National Park.

Baker alleged that Laundrie offered $200 for the ride for approximately 10 miles, something which she saw as “kind of weird”.

'HINDERING THE PROBE'

The Sun reached out to law enforcement and Baker to obtain further details but didn’t receive a response.

North Port Police spokesperson Josh Taylor told the Independent at the time that cops had talked with Baker.

Most alleged sightings have led to dead ends.

There have also been reports that he might be hiding on the Appalachian Trail.

Another search in Okaloosa County turned out to be a dead end.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office investigated reports of a man matching Laundrie's description appearing on a trail camera, but on September 23, they confirmed it was not him.

A series of possible sightings have been reported in a number of states including elsewhere in Florida and Alabama.

Police across Alabama received more than a dozen tip-offs alone on Monday but none of the calls yielded any concrete leads.

A potential sighting of Laundrie was reported around two blocks from his parents' home in North Port.

A passerby snapped a cellphone image of the bald male, who was wearing flip-flops, a grey t-shirt, sunglasses, and listening to music.

North Port Police said that the man in the photo has a tattoo on his left arm, unlike Laundrie – although they admitted that it looked like him.

Cops found a body in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming last Sunday – a week after Gabby was reported missing by her family.

The remains were confirmed to belong to the vlogger days later as a preliminary autopsy revealed her death was a homicide.

Laundrie remains at large after being declared a person of interest by cops.

He was accused of “hindering” the investigation after returning to Florida on September 1.

Laundrie immediately hired a lawyer and refused to cooperate with police.


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