FBI detectives may have photos or text messages that could prove Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie is in the Carlton Reserve, an ex-agent says.
Laundrie, 23, remains at large – four weeks after he was reported missing on September 17 by his parents Chris and Roberta.
He allegedly told his mom and dad on September 13 that he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota.
Cops have scoured the 25,000-acre national park for weeks and are yet to find Laundrie.
Former FBI agent Jennifer Coffindaffer says she "remains skeptical" that Laundrie is hiding out in the reserve, but says detectives could find photos or text messages that could prove the fugitive is in the park.
Authorities seized Laundrie's cell phone last month after he left it at home.
She told NewsNationNow: “Maybe there was a witness that saw him enter the campground, or perhaps there was a witness who took a photograph."
Coffindaffer thinks FBI agents are probing numerous leads as detectives try to track down the fugitive.
She remains adamant that the fugitive is alive.
Coffindaffer said the Laundrie family lawyer has consistently stated that he represents the entire family.
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She added: “I believe that the amount of time that has gone on and passed – and he has still remained undetected.
"And the attorney has repeatedly said he's representing the Laundrie family and Brian. He would not represent someone that is not alive."
Bertolino has consistently referred to the Laundrie family as his clients and has served them for two decades.
On September 15, the attorney specifically confirmed that he was representing Brian.
The statement read: “In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this and the warning that 'any statement made will be used against you' is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms. Petito's disappearance.
“As such, on the advice of counsel, Mr. Laundrie is not speaking on this matter.
“This formality has not really changed the circumstances of Mr. Laundrie being the focus and attention of law enforcement and Mr. Laundrie will continue to remain silent on the advice of counsel."
Laundrie returned to Florida quietly on September 1 without his fiancée Gabby Petito.
Search efforts inside the Carlton Reserve appeared to be winding down but a hive of police activity was spotted at the park's entrance on Thursday.
Cadaver-smelling K9s were reportedly brought in to help cops in their probe.
Several law enforcement vehicles were spotted on the Venice end of the reserve at around 9:30am, according to WFLA,
Two units from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office were among the units sighted at the scene.
A spokesperson for the department confirmed that two K9 units – a human remains detection (HRD) unit and a K9 trainer – were on scene assisting the North Port Police Department, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.
K9s ON THE CASE
They added: "We have sent the HRD K9s a few times and patrol K9s (who are also trained to track those who are missing) a few times.
"For more insight, we’re one of the only law enforcement agencies in Florida that have HRD K9s in-house, so we’re often requested to assist in that aspect across the state."
Reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter mounted his own search at Fort de Soto Park after reportedly receiving a tip that Laundrie was there in early September.
It then emerged that Laundrie and his family had a Labor Day camping trip at the park just days after he returned to Florida alone in Gabby's van
His sister Cassie said they did not discuss Gabby on the trip.
Dog and his team carried out a deep dive into Laundrie’s online presence in order to build a profile and the bounty hunter claimed what he found was “terrifying”.
Dog told The Sun: “There are pictures of demonic angels standing there with the sword, and the throat bleeding. There is blood squirting from their eyes."
He said when his wife Francie saw Laundrie’s posts, they gave her “goosebumps”.
Coroners announced Gabby's cause of death weeks after a preliminary autopsy ruled the manner of death a homicide.
The vlogger's body was found in a Wyoming campsite on September 19 – days after she was reported missing by her family.
Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue added that the vlogger's predicted death was three to four weeks before her body was found. Her remains outside "in the wilderness" for this time.
In an interview with NewsNationNow, Blue said a body lying outside for a lengthy period of time is prone to decomposition.
He said: “In a situation where any body that is outside whether’s it’s exposed to the elements and insects and animals – there’s various forms of decomposition.
“Decomposition usually runs its various course.”
The doctor also confirmed that YouTuber was not pregnant at the time of her death.
He added that a toxicology report was unable to be released at this time.
An investigation into Gabby's death continues.
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