Brian Laundrie, who the FBI has named as a ‘person of interest’ in YouTuber Gabby Petito’s death, could have been eaten by alligators, according to a survival expert.
Police are still searching for Laundrie after his fiancé’s body was found in Grand Teton National Park on Sunday (September 19).
Laundrie was arrested on federal charges of unauthorized credit card use. However, there is no sign of him in Carlton Reserve, Florida where he claimed he was hiking when he went missing.
Mark Burrow, a local survival specialist, believes that Laundrie’s disappearance may have been caused by the wildlife in the reserve.
There are at least four types of venomous snakes there, with the cottonmouth being the most dangerous. Commonly found are alligators.
Speaking to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune he said: “They [alligators] like to put a carcass under a log, and let it get all rotten.
“Then the gator would eat you slowly.”
The reserve is home to a vast array of predators. Some, like bears and panthers, are unlikely to attack humans. Others, such as bobcats and coyotes, could have eaten Laundrie according to Burrow.
“If you were injured or exhausted they would eat you,” he said.
Burrow said that Laundrie would have greater concerns if he was hidden in the reserve.
“If he’s down there in the Carlton Reserve, he’s living in hell.
“Although people make a big deal about the alligators or the snakes, the real danger is dehydration.
His dehydration will be compounded by a lack of access to clean drinking water. Burrow claimed that recent rains on the reserve would have washed the tannins out of the plants and into any water. In high levels, tannins can be fatal to humans.
“That can cause loose bowels. Not a good thing when you are already dehydrated,” He said that Tannins can be fatal to humans in high concentrations.
Burrow has been involved in previous missing persons searches in Carlton Reserve, even though he is not part of the Laundrie hunt. He claimed that he had found missing persons who were only gone for three days.
Laundrie’s family claims Laundrie was hiking alone on September 11. They reported him missing three day later when he didn’t return home.
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