According to the police, Brian Laundrie, the fiancé of Gabby Petito, has himself been missing since Tuesday.
The laundry could have easily escaped the United States because people often wear masks, a private investigator said.
He said the policeconsider probably two scenarios: Laundrie is in hiding or will attempt to kill himself.
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A private detective told Insider that it was possible that Brian Laundrie, the fiancé of the missing road triper Gabby Petito, himself missing since Tuesday, could have fled the country.
Laundrie was named a Person of Interest in Petito’s missing person case after returning from a road trip across the country on September 1 without her. Remains that match Petito’s description were found over the weekend in Grand Teton National Park, according to the FBI.
Police did not charge Laundrie with a felony, but said they had “exhausted all avenues” to search for her on the Carlton Reservation in Florida.
Harvey Morse, a private investigator for Florida’s Locaters International Inc., told Insider it would be easy for Laundrie to evade detection by wearing a face mask.
Morse, who has more than 50 years of experience as a detective and private investigator, said it was harder than ever for police to identify missing persons as the coronavirus pandemic made wearing covers common – faces in public.
“It would be easy for him to get on a plane,” Morse said.
According to Morse, police are likely considering two scenarios when searching for Laundrie: whether he is in hiding or that he will attempt to kill himself. Morse said the odds of Laundrie attempting suicide were “above average” because if he were to end up facing charges in Florida in connection with Petito’s disappearance there could be serious legal consequences .
Morse said the widespread media coverage of Petito’s disappearance could also indicate to law enforcement that Laundrie may be attempting suicide rather than hiding.
Petito’s disappearance prompted internet sleuths to post theories on social media about what may have happened to him, which sparked national interest in the case. This widespread interest has led to a flood of advice to the police that may not have been helpful, the Washington Post reported.
Many people are looking for him, but police say the laundry could be dangerous for himself or those around him.
Morse said if anyone comes in contact with Laundrie, they should not interact with him and sneak a photo or video of him before calling the police.
He said his hope for the families of Laundrie and Petito is for Laundrie to voluntarily surrender to authorities if he commits a crime.
“I hope this person is found and, if he is the perpetrator, he pleads guilty and does not withdraw this case which would cause so much pain to so many people,” Morse said.
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