Brian Laundrie Search Continues, Human Remains K9 Requested at Carlton Reserve

The search for Brian Laundrie continued on Thursday as officials requested that a human remains detecting dog be brought to Florida's Carlton Reserve.

The Carlton Reserve has remained the main area where law enforcement officials have been searching for Laundrie and several pictures posted across social media showed an increased presence at the reserve.

"K-9 forensics unit on the Venice side of the Carlton Reserve right now. Search continues today for Brian Laundrie," Brian Entin of NewsNationNow tweeted with a picture of law enforcement vehicles near the reserve.

K-9 forensics unit on the Venice side of the Carlton Reserve right now. Search continues today for Brian Laundrie. pic.twitter.com/9DD6vsIFyF

— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) October 14, 2021

Allyson Henning of WFLA News posted a similar video, writing, "First time this week I've seen law enforcement activity at the Carlton Reserve entrance this week as the search for #BrianLaundrie continues."

First time this week I’ve seen law enforcement activity at the Carlton Reserve entrance this week as the search for #BrianLaundrie continues. @WFLA pic.twitter.com/ToC3OR6N7Y

— Allyson Henning (@WFLAAllyson) October 14, 2021

Some Twitter users also pointed out that the photos appeared to show that the Pasco Sheriff's Office was involved in the search on Thursday.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the Pasco Sheriff's Office confirmed that deputies from that office were at the Carlton Reserve and said, "Authorities in that area have requested the assistance of PSO's human remains detection K9s."

"As PSO is one of the only law enforcement agencies in Florida that has HRD K9s within our K9 unit, we're often requested to assist other agencies across the state," the statement continued.

The addition of a human remains detecting dog in the search for Laundrie came as he has been missing for more than a month. Laundrie's parents told law enforcement that they last saw their son - who is the sole person of interest in the disappearance and death of Gabby Petito - on September 14 and they believed he went on a hike in the Carlton Reserve.

Laundrie returned to his parent's home in North Port, Florida 10 days before Petito was reported missing. Petito's remains were eventually found near Wyoming's Gran Teton National Park on September 19.

Earlier this week, the Teton County Coroner's office announced that Petito died by manual strangulation but did not offer any information on a possible suspect. Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue also noted that it is believed that Petito was killed three to four weeks before her body was found.

Prior to his disappearance, Laundrie refused to speak with police about Petito. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Laundrie by the U.S. District Court in Wyoming, accusing him of credit card fraud.

In a statement sent to Newsweek following the full autopsy results, Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said, "While Brian Laundrie is currently charged with the unauthorized use of a [debit] card belonging to Gabby, Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito's demise. At this time, Brian is still missing, and when he is located we will address the fraud charge pending against him."

Newsweek reached out to the FBI for further comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Carlton Reserve
As the search for Brian Laundrie continued at Florida's Carlton Reserve, a human remains detecting K9 unit was requested by law enforcement on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Above, a general view of the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve as the FBI along with the North Port Police Department and surrounding law enforcement agencies continue their search for Laundrie. Octavio Jones/Getty