The FBI swarmed the home of Brian Laundrie Monday morning and declared the home a crime scene after authorities discovered the body of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, according to reports.
Agents from the department were seen outside Laundrie’s North Port, Florida home early Monday, hours after local police said they would not continue searching the nearby Carlton Reserve for Laundrie, who has been missing since Tuesday.
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The Tampa bureau confirmed Monday the FBI is “executing a court-authorized search warrant” at the Laundrie home but declined to provide further details.
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Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta, were removed off the property, according to Fox News. Police pushed back onlookers moments before the FBI arrived, telling individuals they were “in a crime scene,” according to Fox News.
Gabby Petito and Laundrie embarked on a cross-country road trip in July. Laundrie, however, returned to North Port, Florida, without Petito in early September and did not report her missing. Petito was reported missing Sep. 11 by her mother after family members didn’t hear from her.
Laundrie has since been identified as a person of interest but authorities are unsure of his whereabouts after his parents reported him missing after having not seen him since Tuesday.
Authorities found a body Sunday in Grand Teton National Park believed to be that of Petito. The body has not been 100% positively identified as Petito, but authorities say the body matches the description of Petito and that her family had been notified. Authorities have not yet determined a cause of death. Petito was believed to have visited the park on Aug. 27.
A woman told “Good Morning America” Monday she and her boyfriend had picked up Laundrie in Wyoming just days after Petito was last heard from.
Miranda Baker said she and her boyfriend encountered Laundrie on Aug. 29 as he was hitchhiking in Grand Teton National Park and gave him a ride.
“He told my boyfriend and I he was doing a cross country road trip, and his fiancee was back at their van at the first campsite working on their social media,” Baker said.
Baker, in videos originally posted to TikTok, said Laundrie explained to the couple he had been hiking for a few days. Baker, however, noted it was odd that Laundrie didn’t seem to have the needed supplies for someone camping out for several days.
“You think if you’re going camping for days on end, you’d want food and a tent and he had none of that,” Baker said in a TikTok video.
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Baker explained how Laundrie was “polite” but as soon as she said they were headed to Jackson Hole he “freaked out.”
Baker said in her Tik Tok video Laundrie got out of their vehicle and then walked to a crowded parking lot to continue hitchhiking. (RELATED: Police Release Bodycam Footage Showing Intense Interaction With Fiance And 22-Year-Old Missing Woman)
She told “Good Morning America” that “when we looked back 10 or 15 seconds after he got out of the vehicle he was just gone.”