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Brian Laundrie Search: Dive Team Jumps In, Is Gabby’s Fiancé Alive?

The search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie now has investigators back in Florida. This comes just days after officials follow up on a lead that Laundrie was spotted in Alabama. Keep reading to find out why there is now a dive team joining in on the search.

The Gabby Petito case continues, searching for her fiancé Brian Laundrie

Sadly, the search for van life blogger Gabby Petito comes to a tragic end. Her body was located in a Wyoming national park. Reports describe the area that Gabby was found as “an underdeveloped camping area in remote northern Wyoming along the border of Grand Teton National Park.” Tenton County Coroner Brent Blue announces that the cause of death is homicide, according to AP News

Now, the FBI and local authorities are trying to locate Brian Laundrie. Earlier this week (September 21), the search led officials to the Carlton Reserve. Unfortunately, it is difficult to search this area. The reserve is 24,000 acres and about 75% of the search area is underwater. With that in mind, it’s likely why the media now has word that a dive team has joined the search.

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Given the terrain of the Carlton Reserve in Florida, law enforcement officials with the search are utilizing helicopters, drones, dogs, and officers on all-terrain vehicles. Now an “underwater recovery team” is joining the search. Sheriff’s deputies from Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office make up this team.  According to the Sheriff’s website, the team’s official name is the Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Force (SURF). These deputies are “highly trained underwater specialists.”

Underwater specialists join the search

The SURF team showed up on September 22 to begin the underwater portion of the search for Brian Laundrie, reports Meaww. Josh Taylor, the spokesman for the North Port Police Department gives some insight into what an underwater search looks like. He says, “Area resources are looking at large bodies of water, including dive teams, boats, and sonar equipment.”

Additionally, K9 units are deployed to assist with the ground search. By the evening, the North Prot Police Department tweets that nothing was found. Then, North Port Police Department Spokesperson Josh Taylor also says, “At this time, this does not mean anything has been found. It’s part of the overall search process.”

What do you think underwater searches for Brian Laundrie will find? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below. Make sure to keep coming back for the latest on this case.

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