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Police Investigating Suspected Sighting Of Brian Laundrie In Florida

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Police Investigating Suspected Sighting Of Brian Laundrie In Florida

Police in Florida say they are 'actively' investigating a potential sighting of Brian Laundrie captured on a trial camera set up to spot deer.

Mr Laundrie has been missing since leaving his parent's home in North Port last Tuesday, telling them that he was going for a solo hike in Carlton Reserve.

However, the camera that spotted the man matching his description was triggered at 6:17am on Monday some 500 miles away in Baker, Florida.

Sam Bass, who owns the camera trap, shared the picture on Facebook - after contacting the authorities - writing: "I'm not saying this is the guy but whoever was on my trail camera this morning in Baker, Fl strongly fits the description of Brian Laundrie,

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"Authorities have been contacted but people in the North West Florida area be on the look out."

The deer cam captured this picture. Credit: Facebook/Sam Bass
The deer cam captured this picture. Credit: Facebook/Sam Bass

Laundrie has been named as a 'person of interest' in the case surrounding the disappearance of his girlfriend Gabby Petito.

Police believe that they found Petito's body in Bridger-Teton National Park in Wyoming on Sunday, although an autopsy is currently ongoing to ascertain whether it is her.

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On the suspected sighting of Laundrie, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said: "We are aware and are actively checking it out,

"At this point, there is no confirmation."

North Port Police have returned to the 25,000 acre Carlton Reserve today after they had previously stopped searching after 'exhausting all avenues' to look for Laundrie.

Brian Laundrie. Credit: Instagram/@gabspetito
Brian Laundrie. Credit: Instagram/@gabspetito
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Drones and aircraft have been deployed over the area, which is reportedly '75 percent water' and full of wild animals including alligators.

A flight restriction has been enacted above the area, which a police spokesperson described as 'unforgiving terrain'

Officers have also been searching the Mr Laundrie's family home after declaring it a 'crime scene'.

Police and FBI have been seen at the home in North Port loading cardboard boxes into a van, before towing away a silver Ford Mustang.

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Laundrie's parents say that they haven't seen their son for more than a week.

A body 'consistent' with that of Gabby Petito was discovered on Sunday. Credit: Instagram/@gabspetito
A body 'consistent' with that of Gabby Petito was discovered on Sunday. Credit: Instagram/@gabspetito

Police have also been alerted to a potential sighting of Laundrie in Mobile, Alabama, although that sighting - as with the Baker sighting - remains unconfirmed.

Speaking ahead of the autopsy, the Teton County Coroner's Office released a statement that reads: "The Teton County Coroner's Office is performing an autopsy on yet to be identified remains on Tuesday September 21.

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"All information related to the autopsy and other findings will be released by the Public Information officer in the Denver FBI office."

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Sam Bass

Topics: World News, US News

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