Florida Sheriff's Office Deploys Dive Team in Search for Brian Laundrie at Carlton Reserve

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office in Florida said on Wednesday it has deployed dive team members as the search continues for Brian Laundrie, the fiancé of Gabby Petito, at the Carlton Reserve.

"We continue to respond to requests for mutual aid from neighboring law enforcement agencies & federal partners. To confirm, yes, members of our Sheriff's Underwater Recovery Force have responded to Carlton Reserve. This in addition to our Emergency Response Team, Air-1 & patrol," the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office wrote in a tweet.

"SURF Team members are divers called upon to search bodies of water for evidence. These highly-trained deputies work in the most difficult and challenging environments imaginable. They are on call 24/7/365," the office said in a subsequent tweet.

SURF Team members are divers called upon to search bodies of water for evidence. These highly-trained deputies work in the most difficult and challenging environments imaginable. They are on call 24/7/365.

— SarasotaSheriff (@SarasotaSheriff) September 22, 2021

In a video posted to Twitter by Kim Kuizon of WTVT in Florida, police can be seen towing in a boat that will be used by the sheriff's Underwater Recovery Force.

Kuizon also shared another photo of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Emergency Response Team.

"This is a multi-jurisdictional search for Brian Laundrie," Kuizon wrote in the tweet.

Members of @SarasotaPD Emergency Response Team are out at the Carlton Reserve. This is a multi-jurisdictional search for Brian Laundrie @fox13news #gabbypetito #BrianLaundrie #venice pic.twitter.com/DpcBBdiHBw

— Kim Kuizon FOX 13 (@kkuizon) September 22, 2021

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office's announcement comes as authorities continue to search for Laundrie, who was reported missing by his parents last week. Laundrie's family told authorities that they believed he was at the Carlton Reserve.

Laundrie was named a person of interest in the disappearance of Petito, 22, last week. The couple had been on a cross-country road trip prior to Petito being reported missing.

The FBI in Denver confirmed on Tuesday that a body found near Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park was Petito's. According to police, Laundrie returned to his parent's home in North Port, Florida, ten days prior to when Petito's family reported her disappearance.

Petito's body was first found on Sunday, when the FBI in Denver announced that they found human remains "consistent" with the description of the missing 22-year-old.

On Tuesday, the FBI announced that Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue ruled the manner of death as a "homicide."

"The cause of death remains pending final autopsy results," FBI Denver said in a tweet.

Before he disappeared, Laundrie did not speak with authorities about Petito's case.

On September 20, the FBI in Tampa announced that it was executing a "court-authorized search warrant" of the residence of Laundrie's parents, but it did not provide any further information following the search.

Newsweek reached out to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office for further comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office announced on Wednesday that they have deployed their dive team in their search for Brian Laundrie. Above, the FBI along with the North Port Police Department and surrounding law enforcement agencies continue their search in the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve for Brian Laundrie, who is a person of interest after his fiancée Gabby Petito went missing on September 21, 2021 in Venice, Florida. Octavio Jones/Getty