Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered all state agencies to help in the search for Brian Laundrie as local police and the FBI deployed drones and ATVs to an alligator and snake-infested swampland.
On Tuesday, North Port Police announced that its officers had continued their search in the ‘vast and unforgiving’ 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve.
Over 50 searchers from more than eight law enforcement agencies are using drones, ATVs, bloodhounds, and swamp-busting amphibious vehicles as they search for Gabby Petito’s missing fiance.
“I have directed all state agencies under my purview to continue to assist federal & local enforcement as they continue to search – we need justice for Gabby,” Gov. DeSantis said.
Police released a video of the search showing specialist vehicles traversing swampland, teams in tactical gear, K9 sniffer dogs, and drone footage of the land being searched.
North Port Police said that they are also involved in a criminal probe and are “assisting out federal partner in any way we can to bring this investigation to a close.”
Commander Joe Fussell from the local department said in the clip: “The terrain is very difficult. Essentially 75 per cent of it is under water.
“And other areas that are dry, we’re trying to clear. So we’re expecting to get wet by the end of the day and check the entire area for Brian Laundrie.”
Fussell also revealed that searchers have multiple drone operators sent out in several teams.
“We also have drones that operate as higher altitude that has more advanced technology to zoom in and to see areas that are difficult to access on foot or in wheeled vehicles as well.”
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