SPECULATION is growing among internet sleuths that Gabby Petito’s fugitive fiancé Brian Laundrie could be dead as the search nears a month.
Survivalists think the odds of finding Laundrie alive are “declining” as they say a lack of sleep would likely drive him insane and he may have been eaten by alligators or bears in Florida’s Carlton Reserve.
Laundrie returned alone to Florida on September 1 – just weeks after starting an ill-fated cross-country road trip across America’s midwest with vlogger Gabby Petito.
He was reported missing on September 17 – days after he allegedly told his parents Chris and Roberta that he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve.
Alligators lurk underneath the swampy waters and the 25,000-acre nature reserve is home to venomous snakes, Florida panthers, and bears.
Cops have scoured the vast nature reserve for weeks and drafted in swamp buggies and dive teams to help with their operations but Laundrie still hasn’t been spotted.
Even reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter has joined search efforts as the mysterious case surrounding Gabby’s disappearance and death has gripped the American public.
Dog vowed that he would find Laundrie by the fugitive’s 24th birthday in November as he continues to scour the Florida wilderness despite potentially suffering an ankle injury.
FBI agents issued an arrest warrant for the 23-year-old, accusing him of swiping a Capital One debit card.
While cops continue to search the snake and alligator-infested Carlton Reserve, efforts have been scaled back and FBI agents are now leading the probe.
Former agent Stuart Kaplan told The Sun that detectives are under a lot of pressure.
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It’s thought that millions of dollars have already been spent on the operation.
Search and rescue expert Mike Hadsell told the Daily Mail: “I can accurately estimate they are spending $200,000 a day on this search.”
Survivalist Mark Burrow told The Herald-Tribune that police should have found evidence of him being there by now.
He added the fact they haven’t might indicate that he wasn’t there.
If Laundrie is struggling, coyotes and alligators “would eat” him, he warned.
Wilderness expert Mark Urban told Insider: “You have so many animals that are hungry.
“You can be in a snake stomach, you can be in a gator stomach, or you can be eviscerated by a bear.
“An animal is not going to eat out in public. It’s going to take back to where it feels safe and sheltered.
“Some of these animals can destroy you in this Florida heat.”
He estimated that any smell would disappear in 12 to 24 hours meaning it could be… Brinkwire Brief News.