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Gabby Petito case: Cops call off search for Brian Laundrie in Florida wildlife refuge

Police on Monday called off search efforts for Brian Laundrie in a vast Florida reserve — after a body believed to be his missing girlfriend Gabby Petito was found in Wyoming.

“The North Port Police Department currently has no plans to conduct a major search of the Carlton Reserve today,” police spokesman Josh Taylor said in a statement.

The 25,000-acre wildlife refuge was believed to be where Laundrie, 23, vanished on a hike on Tuesday.

He was reported missing by his family on Friday.

“At this time, we currently believe we have exhausted all avenues in searching of the grounds there,” Taylor said.

Taylor said that law enforcement agencies are continuing to look for Laundrie, but it’s unclear where they’re directing their efforts.

Laundrie’s parents told authorities that he left their home in North Port Tuesday with a backpack to head to the nearly 25,000-acre preserve in Sarasota County.

A North Port Police Department spokesperson said the department has “no plans to conduct a major search of the Carlton Reserve today.”
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Brian Laundrie.
The 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve was believed to be where Brian Laundrie vanished on a hike on Tuesday.
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His disappearance came amid an intensifying search to find his 22-year-old girlfriend, Petito.

Petito was reported missing by her family on Sept. 11

She was last heard from on Aug. 25 during a road trip with Laundrie to tour national parks out west.

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Brian Laundrie’s disappearance came amid an intensifying search to find his girlfriend, Gabby Petito.
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North Port Police Department law enforcement officials.
Law enforcement agencies are continuing to look for Brian Laundrie, though it is unclear where they’re directing their efforts.
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Laundrie returned with the couple’s van to his family’s home in North Port on Sept. 1, but declined to talk to authorities about her disappearance.

The FBI said a body “consistent with the description” of Petito was discovered Sunday in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.

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