Authorities in Florida said they uncovered “nothing of note” following a reported sighting of a man resembling Gabby Petito’s missing boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, in the wilderness.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday they launched a search after a wildlife camera captured the man toting a backpack at 6:17 a.m. Monday in the town of Baker.
“The OCSO did its due diligence in response to this report and is wrapping up an extensive search that took place in this area to also include nearby farmlands and a search by drone,” the agency said. “No one – and nothing – of note was located.”
The agency said they don’t believe Laundrie has a relationship to anyone in the northwest Florida town, which is about 500 miles away from his home in North Port.
“There are no known possible past or current connections between Laundrie and anyone in this area at this time to follow up on,” the agency said.
“In the meantime, we will remain vigilant and if anything new of significance develops we will share.”
The search came after a resident shared the possible sighting to Facebook on Monday.
“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,” Sam Bass wrote on Facebook. “Authorities have been contacted but people in the North West Florida area be on the lookout.”
Laundrie, who is a person of interest in Petito’s homicide, was reported missing by his parents on Friday.
His parents told authorities he had left home with a backpack to go on a hike in the area Sept. 14 and never returned.
Search crews have directed their efforts to Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, where he allegedly left his Ford Mustang.
The hunt for Laundrie comes after authorities found Petito’s body in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming on Sunday.