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Where is Brian Laundrie? Mexico, the Appalachian Mountains, an island, a bunker in his mother’s garden?
To try and answer that question, true crime enthusiasts dissected a drone video taken above the Laundrie property over the weekend. In it, some internet users think they see a hand sticking out of the garden that Brian’s mother, Roberta, is tending to at the Laundries’ Florida home.
This wild garden-bunker theory took off beyond the message boards and probably kept listeners of crime podcasts up all night.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 8, 2021
Could it be true? A pair of experts in the investigation industry tell Fox News the chances are about “zero.” Although the experts did say the idea that Laundrie could be hiding in a bunker near his parents’ address is at least “plausible,” if they had a bunker installed.
“The possibility of having a bunker there, his parents having a bunker, is absolutely 100% plausible,” Gary Lynch, who runs the Rising S Company, said. “However, that being said, it didn’t look anything like if a hand came out of the bunker to me.”
“You probably have 1%, or less than 1%, of the United States, has bunkers,” he said. “But that being said, if they have a bunker, it could be highly likely.”
Lynch said people who do install bunkers in their backyard often hide them to avoid building permits.
If the grand theory has a 0% possibility rate, the non-garden bunker theory has a 0.01% chance.
So, where is Brian Laundrie?
Put me down for far away from the state of Florida. The timeline of Laundrie’s disappearance suggests his parents bought him time to get on the move before they reported him missing. Laundrie likely had several days to run before the police began searching for him.
The Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, Florida remains a key point in this story. On September 6, the same day that Laundrie returned home from the infamous summer road trip in Gabby Petito’s van but without Gabby Petito, records show that Laundrie and his parents camped at the park and remained there until September 8. About a week later on September 17th, the Laundries reported Brian missing. In other words, his parents likely knew something by the time they camped in Fort De Soto Park.
The coroner ruled Petito’s death a homicide on September 22, days after the police found her body in Wyoming, and August 24 is the last day Petito can be confirmed alive. She can be seen in a videotape leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Though Petito’s mother received a text from Gabby’s phone number on August 30, her family doubts that it came from Gabby. If they are right that she had already died by August 30, then she died at least a week before the Laundries’ camping trip to Fort De Soto.
So what did the Laundrie do at that park between September 6 and September 8?
We don’t know the answer to that question, but we do know that authorities continue to waste time searching for Brian Laundrie at the Carlton Reserve, at his parents’ suggestion. If you believe Laundrie is at that swamp, you might as well buy into the bunker theory.