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Drones used in search for Gabby Petito's fiancé, Brian Laundrie

Drones used in search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie

On Tuesday, the search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie resumed and this time police drones were used as well.

Drones used in search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie

According to the North Port police, drones are now being used as well in the search for Brian Laundrie.

Laundrie is a person of interest in what the police department calls an FBI-led criminal investigation.

Drones used in search for Gabby Petito's fiancé, Brian Laundrie

Authorities are searching for Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve where it was believed he went hiking about a week ago, according to a police spokesperson.

“This time, moving in from the Venice side of the area, along with adjoining lands. A weekend ground search and aerial search Monday of the 25-thousand-acre preserve has yet to yield any answers, but we must press on,” spokesperson Josh Taylor said.

The Carlton Reserve is a large, snake and alligator-invested swamp area, where finding somebody can be very challenging. The use of drones will make it significantly easier to cover large areas that are hard to navigate on foot or with a four-wheeler.

“Please be aware, the Carlton Reserve is a vast and unforgiving location at times. It is currently waste deep in water in many areas, reports WTSP.

“This is dangerous work for the search crews as they are wading through gator and snake-infested swamps and flooded hiking and biking trails.”

Especially drones outfitted with thermal cameras can be a very effective tool in the search for people. It is unknown if thermal drones are used in this search.

You can see the drones in action in this video here.

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Photo credit: North Port Police Department.

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