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Gabby Petito case: Infrared technology used in overnight searches for Brian Laundrie in Florida

According to local reports, authorities used infrared technology in the ongoing search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie. Law enforcement agencies fly overnight using thermal imaging in hopes of finding the 23-year-old who is of interest in Petito’s case. CBS subsidiary WTSP reported, citing law enforcement agencies.

The search focused on the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000 acre area of hiking trails, swampy terrain, and hard-to-reach places in Sarasota County, Florida. The district sheriff’s office said Wednesday that divers had responded to the reservation – where Laundrie was alleged to be last week – to search waters for evidence as part of a larger search effort.

Laundrie remains missing for more than a week after his family said they last saw him. Prosecution sought Laundrie’s Florida home for eight hours on Monday interviewed his parents, gathering evidence that might tell them what happened to Petito, whose death was classified as murder.

Search equipment used that week included airboats, drones, ATVs, and the Sarasota Mobile Command Unit. The reported CBS subsidiary WINK.

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A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission helicopter flies during a search for Brian Laundrie in Carlton Reserve Jan.

Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP


A Wyoming coroner confirmed Tuesday that Petito’s body was discovered at a campsite in Grand Teton National Park and that the original death was classified as murder.

Petito’s last known contact with the family was in late August when she was in the park, authorities said. She was reported missing on September 11, 10 days after Laundrie returned home from an overland trip without her.

Sophie Reardon contributed to this report.


48 hours“Goes into the disappearance of Gabby Petito and the hunt for Brian Laundrie on Saturday at 10/9 pm on CBS and Parent +.

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