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Brian Laundrie Could Have Been Eaten In Nature Preserve, Survival Expert Claims

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Brian Laundrie Could Have Been Eaten In Nature Preserve, Survival Expert Claims

Brian Laundrie could have been eaten in Carlton Reserve, according to a survival expert.

The body of his fiancée Gabby Petito was found in Bridger-Teton National Park on Sunday (19 September), but his whereabouts is not known.

Police in North Port, Florida, have been searching the nature preserve where he said he was hiking, but after days of extensive searching, they have found no trace of Laundrie.

Survivalist Mark Burrow said it's possible that he has been eaten, with coyotes or bobcats likely to prey on him if he was injured or exhausted.

Meanwhile, if alligators got him, there could be nothing left to find.

Burrow told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: "They like to put a carcass under a log, and let it get all rotten.

"Then the gator would eat you slowly."

Brian Laundrie could have been eaten. Credit: PA
Brian Laundrie could have been eaten. Credit: PA

But Burrow said it wouldn't be the gators which would be Laundrie's biggest concern.

He said: "If he's down there in the Carlton Reserve, he's living in hell.

"People have been making a big deal of the alligators and the snakes, but it's dehydration that's the real danger."

That's because, on top of all the dangerous animals in the preserve, there is also a scarcity of safe drinking water. Even if he was able to boil the water, Burrow said recent rains mean the water is full of tannins from foliage, which can be harmful to humans in high concentrations.

Police have been searching for days. Credit: PA
Police have been searching for days. Credit: PA

He added: "That can cause loose bowels. Not a good thing when you are already dehydrated."

Laundrie and 22-year-old Petito had been driving around national parks in their van, all the while documenting their trip on social media.

However, Petito's family did not hear from her verbally after 25 August, and they subsequently reported her missing on 11 September.

The couple had been travelling around national parks together. Credit: North Port Police
The couple had been travelling around national parks together. Credit: North Port Police

Laundrie returned to Florida in the van but wouldn't cooperate with police, before his family subsequently reported him missing, claiming they haven't seen him since last Tuesday (14 September).

Yesterday (Thursday 23 September), searchers spent a fifth unsuccessful day looking for Laundrie at the Carlton Reserve, with the search set to resume today (Friday 24 September).

Featured Image Credit: Instagram

Topics: US News, Animals

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