Brian Laundrie sleuths believe he may be using adapted canoe as 'Pinterest holds clues to where he's hiding'

AS the hunt for Brian Laundrie continues, internet sleuths believe his Pinterest account may provide clues about where he's hiding and how he's managing to evade police.

Laundrie, 23, has been missing for more than two weeks, vanishing sometime around September 14 after allegedly telling his parents he was going hiking in a nature reserve in Venice, Florida, but never returned.



A more than week-long search of the reserve has so far yielded no trace of him.

Laundrie's disappearance came just days after his fiancee Gabby Petito was reported missing by her mother on September 11. Her remains were found at a campsite in Wyoming eight days later.

He and Petito had been on a cross-country road trip, touring the US' national parks, when Laundrie quietly returned home to Florida on September 1 alone, driving the couple's repurposed white van.

Gabby's family reportedly made numerous attempts to reach Laundrie, inquiring where the 22-year-old vlogger was, but received no response.

Laundrie also refused to cooperate with a police investigation into her disappearance and immediately retained an attorney.

He has not yet been named as a suspect in her murder, however, a warrant has been issued for his arrest in relation to allegations of unauthorized use of a debit card, which is believed to belong to Gabby.

DIGITAL CLUES

As the hunt continues, the mysterious circumstances surrounding Petito's murder continue to set news networks and social media platforms aflame.

Armchair detectives and internet sleuths have been re-tracing Laundrie's digital footsteps in search of clues for where he may have headed or where he may have been hiding for the last two weeks.

Famed television investigator Dog the Bounty Hunter also joined the search this week, putting forward a new theory on Monday that Laundrie may be hiding in a canoe, paddling from island to island inside of Florida park to evade detection.

Dog, real name Duane Chapman, claimed to have received a "hot lead" that Brian and his parents went into Fort De Soto Park in early September, but only the parents returned.

“There’s a lot of little islands around the area where we’re at, that he could get to on a canoe," the bounty hunter told Fox News. "We talked to the caretakers today of the islands, they said he could be out here."

"He was here, for sure. Not over in the swamp," he added.




A glance at a Pinterest account believed to belong to Laundrie shows he had been researching canoes, in addition to supplies for a stint in the wild that could allow him to survive for months alone.

In one post – or "pin" – saved to an album titled "Life is a Trip", Laundrie saved an image of an adapted canoe that comes with a tent set up on a wooden platform.

"The Hobie Adventure Island was already a really versatile craft being able to sail, paddle, pedal or motor, now add sleeping accommodations!" a description of the product attached to the pin reads.

Other pictures shared to Laundrie's Pinterest show he had looked into the best ways to pack a backpack to "store essentials, rain gear, and water."

Posts also showing rock climbing gear and home electrical wiring were shared on his page.

ADEPT AT SURVIVING

It comes as Gabby's best friend said Brian has the capability to survive in the wild for months on his own.

Rose Davis, told DailyMail.com: "I know he lived in the Appalachians for what I believe was three months, and he did it by himself, so I know he's skilled at it."

Should Dog the Bounty Hunter's claims ring true, the chain of events would directly contradict the version offered to police by Laundrie's parents.

An eye of suspicion has been cast at Chris and Roberta Laundrie since their son vanished.

Read our Gabby Petito live blog for the very latest news and updates…

Part of that suspicion stems from the fact the pair didn't report him missing until three days after he allegedly told them he was going hiking in Carlton Reserve on September 14.

During that time, the pair said they drove to the 25,000-acre reserve looking for Brian. They claim to have found no trace of him but stumbled across his car and drove it home.

Protesters have swarmed around the family's home over the last week, chanting "justice for Gabby" and waving signs – one of which read, "We think your [sic] Guilty so prove your innocence."

Amid the mounting speculation, Chris and Roberta Laundrie released a statement through their attorney on Monday, denying helping their son to escape police and insisting they don't know where he is.

PARENTS DENY HELPING

“Chris and Roberta Laundrie do not know where Brian is,” attorney Steven Bertolino said in a statement. “They are concerned about Brian and hope the FBI can locate him.”

“The speculation by the public and some in the press that the parents assisted Brian in leaving the family home or in avoiding arrest on a warrant that was issued after Brian had already been missing for several days is just wrong,” he said.

Laundrie's activity on Pinterest activity has continued to raise concern since Gabby Petito's disappearance became a national story just over two weeks ago.

The Sun has previously reported on a series of haunting and bizarre posts shared to the account, including a cartoon image of a gravestone that read "my baby", and an illustration titled "The Opposite of Lost" which urged "don't try to find me."

Police are yet to find Petito’s missing fiancé but they are expected to scale back the search efforts to find him in the coming days.

Josh Taylor, of North Port Police Department, told Fox: “The FBI is now leading the search. I’m told, it will be scaled back and targeted based on intelligence."

GABBY'S DAD ISSUES WARNING

Meanwhile, in Gabby's hometown of Blue Point, New York on Sunday, devastated family members and mourners gathered to pay tribute to the slain 22-year-old.

During the emotional service, her father Joe Petito thanked everyone for their support in the wake of his daughter's disappearance.

He said that he wanted people to be “inspired” by how Gabby treated others and what she stood for.

Joe said: “If there is a trip you want to take, do it now while you have the time.

“If there is a relationship that might not best for you, leave it now.”



Gabby Petito timeline

Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:

  • June 2021 – Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie set off on a cross-country trip across the US.
  • July 4 – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
  • July 8 – Gabby posts photos of herself at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
  • July 18 – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Utah's Zion National Park.
  • August 12 – Body camera footage was released in September showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
  • August 19 – Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel chronicling their trip. The video receives more than 200,000 views.
  • August 24 – Gabby is spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • August 25 – Gabby Facetimes her mom, Nichole Schmidt, for the final time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed "more and more tension" between her and Brian.
  • August 25 – Gabby also posts her last Instagram. No location is given.
  • August 27 – Gabby is seen for what's believed to be the final time. Witnesses claim they saw Brian in an explosive argument with staff at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, leaving Gabby in tears.
  • August 27 – Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park drive past the couple's van "abandoned" on a dirt road.
  • September 1 – Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
  • September 11 – Gabby's parents report her missing to Suffolk County police.
  • September 14 – Brian's family issues a statement saying he has retained an attorney and will not be cooperating with investigators.
  • September 14 – Brian is allegedly last seen by his family. He reportedly told them he was going hiking in Cartlon Reserve but failed to return.
  • September 15 – Florida's North Port police announce Brian is a person of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
  • September 16 – Utah police release body camera footage of the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
  • September 17 – Brian's parents say they have not seen their son in a couple of days and report him missing.
  • September 18 – Police announce they were searching Carlton Reserve in Florida for Brian. Police announce they have not found anything.
  • September 19 – Authorities in Wyoming say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces the body was believed to be Gabby's but a full forensic identification needs to be completed first to confirm.
  • September 20 – Police execute a search warrant on Laundrie's home, seizing his silver Mustang and a hard drive that may contain "evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed."
  • September 21 – Officials announce they will be conducting an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. Police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venice side of Carlton Reserve.
  • September 21 – The FBI announced the body found in Wyoming was identified as Gabby's. The cause of death was not yet revealed.
  • September 21 – The Teton County Coroner's office said Gabby's official cause of death was still pending but the initial manner of death is homicide.
  • September 22 – Police continue to scour Carlton Reserve for a trace of Laundrie but yield no leads. A specialist dive team is called in to assist with the hunt.
  • September 23 – Officials announced a federal arrest warrant for Brian was issued.
  • September 26 – Gabby's funeral was held on Long Island, New York.

 

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