ALABAMA police are investigating possible sightings of Brian Laundrie in Mobile, the same day his parents’ Florida home was raided.
Authorities confirmed on Monday that they were investigating rumors that Gabby Petito’s missing fiancé had been spotted in Tillman’s Corner, but added that they could not confirm anything.
These rumors spread on social media Monday morning, as reported by WKRG.
However, Mobile Police told NewsNationNow reporter Brian Entin that they “have not been able to confirm that Brian Laundrie has been spotted in Mobile.”
Meanwhile, crowds gathered outside as a body was found near a dumpster outside a Walmart store in Tillman’s Corner, according to NBC15.
Thousands more watched on a Facebook livestream as detectives worked on the scene, as speculation grew that the body could be that of Laundrie, who has been missing since Tuesday.
But the body was identified and turned out not to be Laundrie, al.com reported.
Also on Monday, Laundrie’s silver Ford Mustang was towed away from the family home in North Port, Florida.
Laundrie reportedly left for a hike in a 25,000-acre nature reserve in the Sarasota area on Tuesday, his family said.
A swamp search began on Saturday morning, but was called off by police on Monday, who said they had “exhausted all possibilities to search the grounds there”.
The search for Laundrie continues after he was declared a “person of interest” last week in Gabby Petito’s disappearance.
Cops began ransacking Laundrie’s family home today and took her parents to a police van after reporting a “crime scene”.
The latest developments in this bizarre case came just hours after a body was discovered during the search for Petito.
The FBI announced a “search warrant” twice before evicting Chris and Roberta Laundrie from the house. The parents were placed in a van on their lawn.
In a statement, the FBI confirmed that they were executing a “court-authorized search warrant.”
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It comes after the discovery of human remains in Grand Teton National Park, where Gabby Petito, 22, was camping with Laundrie when she went missing.
The vlogger had been traveling across America since July and was last seen on August 24 leaving a Utah hotel with her fiance.
They visited national parks and tourist attractions, documenting their trip on social media, before it was gone.
On September 1, Laundrie returned home to Florida in his white van, without Petito.
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