Brian Laundrie possibly spotted on deer cam, cops say

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Brian Laundrie possibly spotted on deer cam, cops say

Authorities in Florida said Tuesday that they are “actively” investigating deer camera footage that captured a hiker resembling Gabby Petito’s missing boyfriend Brian Laundrie trekking through the wilderness.

Sam Bass said that he spotted the man toting a backpack at 6:17 a.m. Monday in the town of Baker, Fla., about 500 miles away from Laundrie’s home in North Port.

“I’m not saying this is the guy but whoever was on my trail camera this morning in Baker, Fl strongly fits the description of Brian Laundrie,” Bass wrote on Facebook. “Authorities have been contacted but people in the North West Florida area be on the look out.”

Laundrie, who is a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance, was reported missing by his parents on Friday.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, which has jurisdiction over Baker, confirmed that they were looking into the possible sighting.

Deer cam.
Sam Bass said that he spotted the man toting a backpack at 6:17 a.m. Monday in the town of Baker, Florida.
Facebook/Sam Bass

“We are aware and are actively checking it out,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Michele Nicholson told The Post Tuesday, adding, “At this point, there is no confirmation.”

Social media sleuths, however, have pointed out that the man’s backpack was similar to one pictured in Laundrie’s Instagram stories.

“Looks like the guy from Sam Bass’ video in Baker, Florida has the same backpack as Brian Laundrie. Could it actually be him?” wrote one Twitter user.

Carlton Reserve.
Law enforcement have been looking for Brian Laundrie in Carlton Reserve.
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Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie seen in an Instagram post.
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie seen in an Instagram post.
Instagram

Laundrie’s parents told authorities that he had left home with a backpack to go on a hike in the area and never returned.

Search crews on Tuesday were hunting for him in Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, where he allegedly abandoned his Ford Mustang.

The hunt for Laundrie comes after authorities found a body believed to be Petito’s in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming on Sunday.

Brian Laundrie.
Brian Laundrie’s parents told authorities that he had left home with a backpack to go on a hike and never returned.
Moab City Police Department

Authorities have not revealed her cause of death, and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

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