Day 4 of search in Florida park for Gabby Petito’s boyfriend

Missing Traveler

A Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputy and a Sarasota County worker direct a truck carrying excavating equipment into the Carlton Reserve during a search for Brian Laundrie, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Venice, Fla. Laundrie is a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Search teams are back out at a Florida nature park to search for the boyfriend of Gabby Petito, who authorities say was killed while on a cross-country trip with him.

North Port police spokesperson Joshua Taylor says the search resumed around 8 a.m. Wednesday at the 24,000-acre wilderness park.

Investigators say Brian Laundrie’s parents told them he had gone there after returning home without Petito on Sept. 1.

The search includes thousands of acres of forbidding, swampy subtropical terrain replete with alligators, snakes, turkey, deer and other wild creatures. There are more than 100 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails.

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