A private investigator has said it is possible that Brian Laundrie could have fled the US, a report suggests.
Mr Laundrie was named a person of interest in Ms Petito’s missing-person case after he returned from a cross-country road trip on 1 September without her. Remains consistent with the description of her were found over the weekend in Grand Teton National Park, according to the FBI.
Police have not charged Mr Laundrie with a crime but say they have “exhausted all avenues” searching for him in Florida’s Carlton Reserve.
Harvey Morse, a private investigator with Florida’s Locaters International Inc., told Insider that it would be easy for Mr Laundrie to evade detection by wearing a face mask.
Mr Morse, who has more than 50 years of experience, said it was harder than ever for police to identify missing persons because the pandemic has made it common for people to wear face coverings in public.
“It would be easy for him to get on a plane,” Mr Morse said.
According to Mr Morse, police are likely considering two scenarios while searching for Mr Laundrie: that he is in hiding or that he will attempt suicide. Mr Morse added the chances of Mr Laundrie attempting suicide were “above average”.
Officials continue to search for Mr Laundrie, but police said he could be dangerous to himself or those around him. Mr Morse advised that if someone came into contact with Mr Laundrie, they should not interact with him and instead take a photo or video of him discreetly before calling police.
“I hope that this person is found and, if he is the perpetrator, he pleads guilty and doesn’t draw this case out, which would cause so much pain for so many people,”.