Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) on Friday, Oct. 15, was not pleased officials have not been able to locate Brian Laundrie, fiance of deceased Gabby Petito, one month after he went missing.
“You know, my view would be, it’s a little disappointing that we still don’t have this guy’s whereabouts,” DeSantis told news reporters as he paid a stop in Naples to discuss a $5.8-million job growth grant for Collier County Public Schools, according to Fox13.
“This is obviously somebody that would be a suspect when something like this happens,” he said.
Laundrie, 23, disappeared while under local police’s watch purportedly on Sept. 13, several days before the remains of Petito were uncovered in a national Wyoming park.
The fugitive returned home from a July cross-country trip with his girlfriend alone on Sept. 1. He came back in her van without any notice to her family who had their last contact with her on Aug. 25. They filed a missing case on Sept. 11 as soon as they realized she was missing.
DeSantis, who has two daughters, was not accepting of how the Laundrie family had acted either and hoped Brian Laundrie will be held accountable if authorities determine he is guilty.
“Clearly there [were] things going on here with the family,” he said. “So I hope that he’s apprehended and brought to justice if, in fact, he was the one that is guilty of this, because it’s a really sad thing — this is a very beautiful young girl with a lot of potential. And a lot of people really loved her a lot, and to see this happen really is heartbreaking.”
Since Laundrie’s parents recounted their son vanished as he went for a hike in the vast Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, the manhunt for him has critically focused on the area.
After some days of low activities, the manhunt in the 24,000-acre reserve resumed Thursday morning. As of Friday, the effort had spread to the Myakkahatchee creek environmental park, which is connected to the reserve.
The latest search was joined by a human remains sniffing canine and officials carrying rifles. “Do not cross” lines have also been lined up over the Myakkahatchee park to keep locals out, according to the New York Post.
Most tips meanwhile are pointing to the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina, with at least one hiker was “99.9%” certain he had spoken to the fugitive earlier this month.
Laundrie remains the sole person of interest in Petito’s case. He has only been charged so far by the FBI for unlawfully using his fiance’s credit card to make $1,000 purchases after she went missing.