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Panhandle MPs ‘actively checking’ track camera photo some believe is showing Brian Laundrie

Original Facebook image via ‘Sam Bass’ (left), enhanced version (center) and Brian Laundrie as seen in Moab Police body camera video (right)

Florida Panhandle MPs say they are aware of a social media article that some online detectives believe may show Brian Laundrie, the missing person of interest in the Gabby Petito case.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office shared the Facebook post this morning. The grainy black and white track camera photo, posted by a user whose username is “Sam Bass,shows a man with a backpack walking through the woods.

“I’m not saying it’s the guy, but the one that was on my surveillance camera this morning in Baker, Fl fits Brian Laundrie’s description perfectly,” Sam wrote on Monday night.

If the timestamp in the photo is correct, it was taken on Monday just after 6 a.m.

Baker is a small unincorporated community in Northwest Florida, outside the town of Crestview and not far from the Blackwater River State Forest. It is also about 500 miles from the Carlton Reserve in Venice, where law enforcement has resumed the search for laundry.

The 23-year-old is a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancee, Gabby Petito, who was last seen alive in August. The two were traveling the country together until he returned home to Venice in their campervan without her.

A body was found in Wyoming on Sunday, not far from where social media users spotted the van in images posted by tourists from Tampa. An autopsy is underway today but investigators believe it is Gabby.

Laundrie himself has not been seen for a week. His parents retrieved his car from the Venice Preserve last week, and law enforcement is now on their third day of searching the 25,000-acre swampy site.

Brian Laundrie screenshot of Moab Police body camera footage on August 12.

Investigators say they have received advice from social media users who put Laundrie everywhere, from hitchhiking in Alabama to boating in the Atlantic.

Meanwhile, Okaloosa MPs say they are “actively checking” this Facebook post now viral.

“There is no confirmation of this information,” they warned. “Obviously we’ll keep everyone updated if and when there is anything to report.”

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