Brian Laundrie, the fiancé of Gabby Petito, is still missing as of the time of this writing. While Laundrie hasn’t been officially charged with a crime by the police, he was likely the last person to see Petito alive. The 22-year-old Florida native’s remains were found in Grand Teton in Wyoming, and medical examiners there have ruled that her death was the result of a homicide.
Laundrie went missing from his Florida home a few weeks after returning home. So far, his family has been uncooperative with law enforcement. Laundrie’s current whereabouts are unknown, and the FBI has stated that it is scaling back the manhunt for the missing man. Recently, TV-famous Duane “Dog” Chapman, better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, has joined the search for Laundrie, telling reporters that he’s received thousands of tips on where Laundrie might be.
The search for Laundrie has been concentrated on a nature preserve near his parents’ home. The search has been exhaustive, but so far it has turned up little of consequence. In a recent statement, the FBI announced it was scaling back the search. The FBI stated that it would like to resume the search when prompted by intelligence, such as tips from those who might have seen Laundrie.
Moreover, law enforcement has noted that the region is extremely difficult to search this time of year due to the high water levels. The region is essentially a swamp, making it an ideal place to evade detection, especially in the late summer and early fall.
Notably, while Laundrie is not wanted on any charges related to Petito’s death, he is wanted on bank fraud charges. This is why Duane Chapman has become involved with the case: Laundrie is wanted for police questioning as a result of his bank fraud charges.
Chapman visited the Laundrie house on Monday, though he noted that the Laundrie family called the police on him rather than answering the door. Chapman has stated that he intends to comb through a narrowed search area for Laundrie “within 48 hours” of Monday.
There is a $30,000 award for anyone who can offer authorities information that leads to the arrest of Laundrie. Meanwhile, some critics have derided the “media circus” that has popped up around Petito’s disappearance, alleging that this is another instance of “missing white woman syndrome”.