Police in Florida have begun their seventh day of searching for Gabby Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, in a vast wilderness in Sarasota County.
“Search for Brian Laundrie continues in the Carlton Reserve Friday,” the North Port police tweeted at 9:19 a.m.
The Federal Aviation Administration also set up “temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons” in the search area that will be in effect until Oct. 1.
“No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM,” the FAA said about the area encompassing 3 nautical miles, using the term for Notice to Airmen.
Laundrie returned home without Petito on Sept. 1 and has since disappeared.
According to police, his parents said he went for a hike in the dense, marshy Carlton Reserve and never returned. The FBI-led search in the 25,000-acre expanse entered its seventh day Friday.
The 23-year-old could prove hard to find — he once bragged to co-workers that he survived on just crackers for six weeks while camping, a former co-worker has told The Post.
“In conversation about hiking … Brian talked about the longest time that he spent in the woods was 6 weeks and bragged about only having a large pack of either cheese or peanut butter crackers to sustain him for that time,” the source said in a text.
“He is well versed in spending a long time in the woods and living off nearly nothing,” the source added.
If he’s not in the Florida reserve, Laundrie would have had a head start in slipping away from authorities.
Neighbors said he went camping with his parents after returning home, while his parents waited for days before they reported him missing a week ago.
Meanwhile, a memorial visitation service will be held from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday for Petito at Moloney’s Funeral Home at 825 Main St. in Holbrook, Long Island, The Post has confirmed. It will be open to the public.
The funeral home also posted an advisory on Facebook about the “Shine a Light For Gabby” event at 7 p.m. Friday at the Nature Preserve at 31 Maple St. in Blue Point, Long Island.
Participants making a $20 donation, which will go to the family, will “receive a luminary to be lit in unison.”