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Police continue search for Brian Laundrie

Gabby Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, said during her memorial service that he hoped people would be inspired by his daughter’s life to pursue their dreams, and also called on those in bad relationships to leave them “now.” Last night, Ms Petito’s mother thanked the public for their support. Ms Petito’s family have also established a foundation in her name. The foundation will assist the families of missing people.

Police resumed their search of the Carlton Reserve on Saturday morning, marking the eighth straight day in the hunt Brian Laundrie, a spokesperson said. Although the major part of the search ended on Friday evening, over the weekend investigative crews will focus on “areas of more likelihood”.

On Thursday night, the FBI announced that a federal arrest warrant had been issued in relation to the death of Ms Petito.

“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms Petito’s homicide,” said Special Agent in charge Michael Schneider.

“We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”

Authorities have not said why they are convinced Mr Laundrie, who police call a “person of interest” in the case, may still be somewhere inside the more than 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve near his home in North Port, Florida, more than a week after he told family members he was headed there to hike alone.

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Overnight rain impedes police search of the Carlton Reserve

North Point police continued their search for Brian Laundrie late Sunday night by air. Heavy rain causing increased water levels inside the park focused the police to pull back their on-ground search teams.

News Nation Now reporter Brian Entin spoke with the police about the search. According to Mr Entin, the police appeared poised to return to the swamps once the water level recedes.

Graig Graziosi27 September 2021 14:51

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Police were told Laundrie hit Petito on 12 August callout, new records suggest

Police officers responding to the callout regarding Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie on 12 August were told that he had hit her, dispatch records allegedly show.

While it had previously been unclear whether officers knew a witness had claimed this, Fox13 reports that it has obtained records showing that a dispatcher told that the person who reported the incident “states seeing a male hit a female, domestic,”.

The dispatcher reportedly made a second reference, describing Petito as “the female who got hit”, Fox reported.

The Independent’s Harriet Sinclair has more in the story below…

Graig Graziosi27 September 2021 14:35

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Protesters plan to make noise outside the Laundrie house every morning

A couple with megaphones are reportedly pacing around outside the Laundrie family home yelling at the couple to produce their son, Brian.

According to News Nation Now reporter Brian Entin, the police were called out to the scene but they left.

The protesters claim they are going to continue yelling challenges at the Laundrie family every hour.

Graig Graziosi27 September 2021 14:18

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‘There’s no surviving out here,’ rancher says of Carlton Reserve

An experienced cattle rancher who has reportedly spent 30 years exploring the Carlton Reserve has cast doubt on whether Brian Laundrie is there.

“There’s no surviving out here, I don’t know how to say it,” Alan McEwen told Fox News.

“I’ve been in the woods in and out all my life … I have learned a lot in my life, and one thing I know is no one is gonna survive out there for two weeks on foot.”

Andy Gregory27 September 2021 14:15

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The FBI has asked for items that might have Brian Laundrie’s DNA during a visit to his family home, the family’s lawyer told news outlets.

“The FBI requested some personal items belonging to Brian Laundrie to assist them with DNA matching and Brian’s parents provided the FBI with what they could,” the lawyer was quoted as saying.

Andy Gregory27 September 2021 13:54

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Here’s a local video report on the latest developments in the FBI investigation, as agents visited Brian Laundrie’s home.

Memorial service held for Gabby Petito as FBI visits Laundrie home

Andy Gregory27 September 2021 13:32

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A neighbour of the Schmidt family in Long Island who came to pay her respects, Alexandra Kaluta, told The Independent: “This hit close to home for me because I recently survived a very abusive relationship, very similar to what she experienced and I know in my heart that she did nothing wrong,”

“I feel like it could have been me.”

Andy Gregory27 September 2021 13:10

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The van-lifer who ‘touched the world’ remembered as a fearless adventurer at memorial service

Gabby Petito’s father told mourners at her memorial service that the “entire planet” now knows his daughter’s name, and asked that they take inspiration from her fearless pursuit of adventure, Bevan Hurley reports from Holbrook.

“I want you to be inspired by Gabby, that’s what we’re looking for,” Joseph Petito said during a heartfelt eulogy on Sunday at Moloney’s Holbrook Funeral Home in Holbrook, New York.

“That’s what I want to see. If there’s a trip that you guys want to take, take it now. Do it now, while you’ve got the time.”

Andy Gregory27 September 2021 12:51

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Gabby Petito’s father has message for all women in toxic relationships

Gabby Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, issued a message to all women in toxic relationships at the 22-year-old YouTuber’s memorial service on Sunday. More than 1,000 mourners attended the service at the Petitos’ family home in New York. Mr Petito asked them to remember his daughter and to take inspiration from her life.

Read the full story here:

Maroosha Muzaffar27 September 2021 07:17

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FBI visits Brian Laundrie’s home

With Brian Laundrie still believed to be in “hiding” in the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota, Florida, FBI agents have visited the Laundrie family home to collect some of his personal belongings. The reason – according to the Laundrie family’s lawyer – is to use in “DNA matching”.

Read the full story here:

Maroosha Muzaffar27 September 2021 06:59

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