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Laundrie's family says they haven't seen him in days; FBI now searching for him

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Posted at 7:42 PM, Sep 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-18 17:20:39-04

NORTH PORT, Fla. — The boyfriend of a missing woman, who is currently considered a person of interest in her disappearance, is now also missing.

An attorney for the family of Brian Laundrie told the FBI Friday night that their son had disappeared, and they hadn't seen him since Tuesday.

The FBI and the North Port Police Department are now looking for the 23-year-old, who was dating Gabby Petito before she went missing. The couple had been visiting national parks and other areas together in a camper van, and their travels included parts of both southern and northern Utah before heading to the area of Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, investigators believe.

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NPPD said Laundrie is 5'8", weighs 160 pounds, has brown eyes, short brown hair and trimmed facial hair, and he was last seen carrying a hiking bag with a waist strap.

"We understand the community's frustration, we are frustrated too. For six days, the North Port Police Department and the FBI have been pleading with the family to contact investigators regarding Brian's Fiancé Gabby Petito. Friday is the first time they have spoken with investigators in detail," a statement from the department read. "It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby's disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime. We are not currently working a crime investigation. We are now working a multiple missing person investigations."

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On Saturday, NPPD said their officers, along with FBI agents, were searching the nearby Carlton Reserve. Laundrie's parents told said they believe he went to that area earlier this week.

Police were seen entering the Florida home of Laundrie early Friday evening. However, NPPD said they were at the home to interview Laundrie's parents and not Laundrie himself. Laundrie returned home without his girlfriend on Sept. 1.

Officers could be seen leaving the home carrying certain items, but it's not known if they were any form of evidence in the case.

Anyone who has seen Petito, Laundrie, or has any other information about this case is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.