Gov. DeSantis hopes Brian Laundrie is soon ‘apprehended and brought to justice’

Law enforcement has been searching intently throughout Florida and elsewhere for Brian Laundrie, a wanted fugitive missing for more than a month who is the sole “person of interest” in Gabby Petito’s homicide.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) was asked Friday about the search for Laundrie and said it was “disappointing” that he hadn’t been found yet. The governor added that he hoped to see him “apprehended and brought to justice” soon, Fox News reported.

DeSantis’ comments came following an event the governor held in North Port, the hometown of Laundrie, and his parents.

Laundrie had gone missing in mid-September, just days after Petito had been reported missing by her parents, and just days prior to her strangled body being found in a Wyoming national park.

“A little disappointing”

Fox News correspondent Phil Keating had asked Gov. DeSantis a question about the ongoing search for Laundrie, to which the governor initially responded by pointing out how supportive state agencies had been of the local and federal investigative efforts in the case.

You know, my view would be, it’s a little disappointing that we still don’t have this guy’s whereabouts,” DeSantis said. “This is obviously somebody that would be a suspect when something like this happens. Clearly, there was things going on here with the family.”

“So I hope that he’s apprehended and brought to justice if, in fact, he was the one that is guilty of this, because it’s a really sad thing,” DeSantis added. “This is a very beautiful young girl with a lot of potential. And a lot of people really loved her a lot, and to see this happen really is heartbreaking.”

Infrastructure project

The trip that Gov. DeSantis made to North Port on Friday actually had nothing to do with the Laundrie manhunt, but rather his appearance involved the announcement of the awarding of a grant to the city of $1.69 million, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Those state funds, which reportedly will be matched by the city, are intended to be used for an installation project of upgraded water and wastewater infrastructure, and are estimated to result in the creation of upwards of 9,700 new and permanent jobs in the area.

Meanwhile, Fox noted that the hunt for Laundrie continued in that region on Friday with another law enforcement search of the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port, which is connected to the larger Carlton Reserve nature area where Laundrie was last reported to have been by his parents when he first went missing.

Though Laundrie hasn’t formally been named a suspect in the murder of Petito, he is wanted on a federal warrant involving his fraudulent use of Petito’s debit cards after she was dead.

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