Police, FBI resume search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie Thursday

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NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) — Police and the FBI have resumed their search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie.

Officers have searched Carlton Reserve for several days after learning from his family that he went missing Sept. 14. The Laundrie family told authorities that their son had left to go hike at the reserve, prompting the search.

Laundrie is the sole person of interest in the homicide investigation of his fiancé Gabby Petito, whose remains were identified Tuesday afternoon. However, he has not been charged with any crime, and police are treating his disappearance as a missing person’s case.

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Gary Coble lives a few streets over but travels along the road the Laundrie’s live often. This is the same street where Brian Laundrie’s parents said he was last seen a week ago before leaving this house to go hiking.

“It’s pretty sad, pretty sad,” said Coble in reaction to the whole situation.

Tuesday, there is not a lot of action at the Laundrie house, but the day before, 15 FBI agents and North Port Police swarmed the house with crime scene tape and suitcases of equipment, executing a court-authorized search warrant.

A tow truck took a Ford Mustang belonging to Brian Laundrie from the home. The car was found at the Carlton Reserve last week and was later driven home by his family.

The Mustang is now being held at the North Port Police Department.

Coble said having national news in his backyard has his family worried.

“I got my daughter in Indiana and my sister-in-law in New York, and they both called and wanted to know what was going on,” Coble said.

Another neighbor, Teri Kiss, agreed.

“My dad in New Jersey and aunt in California are like ‘Are you okay? Are you okay?’ and I tell them ‘Yes I’m fine, I’m in the house minding my own business,’ Kiss said.

Kiss said trying to get in and out of her neighborhood has been a challenge with the multiple police, media, and detour signs.

“Trying to go to the store to get milk, trying to get out, the cops are like you have to go around the block, can’t drive through, stuff like that,” Kiss said.

Brian Laundrie’s neighbors say the man should just come back and surrender himself.

“Absolutely he should turn himself in,” Kiss said.

“Turn yourself in. They’re hunting. They’ll find ya,” Coble said.

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