Police hunting Gabby Petito's boyfriend Brian Laundrie find 'fresh campsite' in ...

Police hunting Gabby Petito's boyfriend Brian Laundrie find 'fresh campsite' in ...
Police hunting Gabby Petito's boyfriend Brian Laundrie find 'fresh campsite' in ...

The police who are searching for Brian Laundrie have found the remnants of a 'fresh campsite' at the Carlton Reserve in Florida in the latest development of the case.

FBI agents and police officers were seen scouring the 24,565 acre Reserve in Venice on Wednesday, which has been the focus of their efforts to find the fugitive fiancée of murdered Gabby Petito.

The find comes as Laundrie's father agreed to come out of hiding and help the FBI in their hunt for him.

A source close to Laundrie's family told CNN's Chris Cuomo that law enforcement said they 'found fresh traces of a campsite' in the Carlton Reserve. 

Meanwhile, an attorney for the family said that Laundrie's parents believe 'that is exactly where he is located', Cuomo said.

Before the discovery of the campsite, law enforcement had asked the fugitive's father Chris Laundrie to help with the search and show them trails in the Carlton Reserve that he is known to have used. 

But officers later told Chris that because of the find, they wanted to search the area alone and 'postponed' his involvement.

The police who are searching for Brian Laundrie have found the remnants of a 'fresh campsite' at the Carlton Reserve in Florida in the latest development of the case

The police who are searching for Brian Laundrie have found the remnants of a 'fresh campsite' at the Carlton Reserve in Florida in the latest development of the case

FBI agents and police officers were seen scouring the 24,565 acre Reserve in Venice on Wednesday, which has been the focus of their efforts to find the fugitive fiancée of murdered Gabby Petito

FBI agents and police officers were seen scouring the 24,565 acre Reserve in Venice on Wednesday, which has been the focus of their efforts to find the fugitive fiancée of murdered Gabby Petito

The development comes after Gabby Petito's family have revealed that the 22-year-old's body was found in a fairly isolated area, just 'a five minute walk' from where authorities found her and Brian Laundrie's van

The development comes after Gabby Petito's family have revealed that the 22-year-old's body was found in a fairly isolated area, just 'a five minute walk' from where authorities found her and Brian Laundrie's van

Steve Bertolino, the Laundrie family attorney, told CNN: 'Chris Laundrie was asked to assist law enforcement in their search for Brian at the preserve today. 

'Since the preserve has been closed to the public Chris has not been able to look for Brian in the only place Chris and Roberta believe Brian may be. 

'Unfortunately North Port police had to postpone Chris' involvement but Chris and Roberta are hopeful there will be another opportunity to assist.' 

But Josh Taylor, chief spokesman of the North Port Police Department which is assisting the FBI in their search, told Fox News that his department did not ask for Chris's involvement - and that police did not 'postpone' it.  

'In no world would we be the agency asking the family to help search in an FBI led investigation,' Taylor said, while declining to answer questions about whether North Port police had invited Chris Laundrie to join the search before the FBI took over the case.

North Port police said all questions should be referred to the FBI.

The find comes as Laundrie's father Chris agreed to come out of hiding and help the FBI in their hunt for him

The find comes as Laundrie's father Chris agreed to come out of hiding and help the FBI in their hunt for him

Pat Diaz, a former homicide detective in Miami-Dade who also worked on FBI task forces, said he questioned whether the FBI would bring in a suspect's father to help with their search. 

He said: 'They may have found stuff in the reserve for the father to identify. Not a body, but belongings.'

Bertolino later said the request 'perhaps' came from 'a liaison to FBI', while adding: 'My statement is correct.'

It was also revealed that Laundrie's abandoned Ford Mustang was found just 16 miles from the Carlton Reserve last month.  

A redacted abandoned vehicle report from September 14 reveals that the car was found at 6968 Reisterstown Road, North Port, in the Myakkahatchee Environmental Park in Florida.

It was also revealed that Laundrie's abandoned Ford Mustang was found just 16 miles from the Carlton Reserve last month

It was also revealed that Laundrie's abandoned Ford Mustang was found just 16 miles from the Carlton Reserve last month

A redacted abandoned vehicle report from September 14 reveals that the car was found at 6968 Reisterstown Road, North Port, in the Myakkahatchee Environmental Park in Florida

A redacted abandoned vehicle report from September 14 reveals that the car was found at 6968 Reisterstown Road, North Port, in the Myakkahatchee Environmental Park in Florida

The FBI later searched Laundrie's abandoned Ford Mustang before towing it away for a deeper investigation after executing a search warrant on the home of his parents. 

The development comes after Gabby Petito's family have revealed that the 22-year-old's body was found in a fairly isolated area, just 'a five minute walk' from where authorities found her and Brian Laundrie's van.

In an emotional interview with Dr Phil, on Wednesday, Petito's stepfather said: 'Her body was found — I guess it would be in front of a tent, if that's what was there — or just in front of the fire ring... there was definitely a fire ring there.'

'It wasn't far from the van. It was a five minute walk,' Petito's mother, Nichole Schmidt echoed.

Jim, who visited the location on the outskirts of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming where Petito's body was found, painted a vivid picture of the isolated area.  

'You would have to want to go out over into that area,' he said.

Jim (left) and Nichole Schmidt (right), appearing on Dr. Phil, revealed that Gabby Petito's remains were found in an area of dispersed campgrounds on the borderline of Bridger-Teton National Forest, about 40 feet away from where Grand Teton National Park begins

Jim (left) and Nichole Schmidt (right), appearing on Dr. Phil, revealed that Gabby Petito's remains were found in an area of dispersed campgrounds on the borderline of Bridger-Teton National Forest, about 40 feet away from where Grand Teton National Park begins

Jim left a stone cross and flowers in the exact location where she was found

Jim left a stone cross and flowers in the exact location where she was found 

Petito's mother, Nichole Schmidt shared: 'It wasn't far from the van. It was a five minute walk'

Petito's mother, Nichole Schmidt shared: 'It wasn't far from the van. It was a five minute walk'

The pair had been traveling on a cross-country trip together since July 2, when they left New York. Petito was reported missing on September 11

The pair had been traveling on a cross-country trip together since July 2, when they left New York. Petito was reported missing on September 11

Jim said his stepdaughter's remains were found in an area of dispersed campgrounds on the borderline of Bridger-Teton National Forest, about 40 feet away from where Grand Teton National Park begins. 

He explained in order to get to that area, campers would have to cross over the creek bed that separated the campgrounds from the area where police found Petito and Laundrie's van.

'So you have to cross over this creek bed, this rock area, and go through these tributaries and once you get on the other side it's just some trees sparsely placed throughout and a lot sage brush, a lot of low brush,' he shared.

'It was in an area where there was a few trees and there was the remnants of a fire ring there...There was a clearing where I would assume - knowing I have a similar tent, where I would place my tent - and that opening would face out overlooking the mountain range.' 

Jim left a stone cross and flowers in the exact location where she was found.   

Petito (pictured) was reported missing on September 11, ten days after boyfriend Brian Laundrie returned to Florida in their van without Petito and refused to answer her parents about what had happened to her

Petito (pictured) was reported missing on September 11, ten days after boyfriend Brian Laundrie returned to Florida in their van without Petito and refused to answer her parents about what had happened to her

Petito's family (pictured) has urged fugitive Laundrie to turn himself in

Petito's family (pictured) has urged fugitive Laundrie to turn himself in

Petito and her fiancé, Laundrie, 23, went on a cross-country trip in their van in August, but Petito never returned home.

The pair drew national attention after Petito was reported missing on September 11, ten days after Laundrie returned to Florida in their van without Petito and refused to answer her parents about what had happened to her.

Laundrie's whereabouts are unknown since September 14, when his parents said he left the family home in North Port, Florida. The Laundries said that their son was heading to a nearby nature reserve and only had his backpack.

Investigators have chased down leads in multiple states since Laundrie went to ground three weeks ago but to date there has not been a confirmed sighting of the sole person of interest in 22-year-old Gabby's homicide. 

The FBI is currently investigating 11 alleged sightings of Laundrie along the Appalachian Trail close to the North Carolina-Tennessee border, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed Wednesday. 

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Gabby Petito, right, and Brian Laundrie, were on a cross-country van trip when went missing on Aug. 24. Brian was the key person on interest and went missing himself on September 17

Gabby Petito, right, and Brian Laundrie, were on a cross-country van trip when went missing on Aug. 24. Brian was the key person on interest and went missing himself on September 17

The pair drew national attention after Petito was reported missing on September 11, ten days after Laundrie returned to Florida in their van (pictured) without Petito and refused to answer her parents about what had happened to her

The pair drew national attention after Petito was reported missing on September 11, ten days after Laundrie returned to Florida in their van (pictured) without Petito and refused to answer her parents about what had happened to her

Meanwhile, as the nationwide manhunt for Laundrie remained underway, Petito's parents and step-parents participated in a two-part interview with Dr. Phil.

During the first episode, which aired on Tuesday, the family urged Brian Laundrie, 23, the only person of interest in the murder of their daughter, to turn himself in and bring a close to something that's felt like 'a bad soap opera.'  

Petito's father, Joe Petito, also labeled the entire Laundrie family 'cowards'. 

Joe launched the scathing attack against the Laundries, saying he believed Brian was still alive because 'he is too cowardly to kill himself'. 

Joe then raged against Brian's parents Chris and Roberta who are holed up in their North Port, Florida home as daily protests about what they knew and when continue outside. 

'Anyone who lived in that house is a coward, said Petito, justifying that by saying 'they don't know how to stand up for their actions'. 

Petito's step-father, Jim added, 'It's almost like living in a soap opera. Like, it's just a bad show. We all want to protect our children, but it's also more important to teach your children right from wrong.' 

Joe and Nicole then revealed to Dr. Phil they had tried calling and texting the Laundries multiple times when they failed to hear from their daughter in early September - but they never replied.

'It's infuriating, Nicole said.

Joe added, 'We actually thought that they were both missing at that time.' 

In one of the text messages, Joe said 'I'm going to call the police, just letting you know, because we have no idea.'

'A normal parent when you text someone that [you] are going to call the cops because you can't find your child, they would reply. No response. Nothing.'

Gabby Petito's family went on Dr. Phil on Tuesday and called out Brian Laundrie's family. Pictured from L-R: step-mother Tara Petito, father Joe Petito, step-father James Schmidt, mother Nicole Schimdit

Gabby Petito's family went on Dr. Phil on Tuesday and called out Brian Laundrie's family. Pictured from L-R: step-mother Tara Petito, father Joe Petito,

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