Authorities are looking into whether this photo snapped of a man on the street is Brian Laundrie.
Cops say he looks a “heck” of a lot like the boyfriend of missing Long Island woman Gabby Petito, who disappeared this week after being named a person of interest in the case.
According to the NY Post, metadata from the image revealed that the photo was taken just before 5PM Friday on Targee Ave in North Port – just two blocks from Laundrie’s parents’ home.
The image shows an apparently bald-headed, clean-shaven man with what officials suggest is a similar build to Laundrie walking in flip-flops and wearing headphones.
The cell phone pic was taken by passerby Zachary Randazzo about an hour and a half before investigators from the North Port Police Department showed up at Laundrie’s parents’ home after their attorney called the FBI to report him missing.
Randazzo said he did a double-take when he saw the man, who he said,
“looks just like [Laundrie’s] clone.”
We’re not 100 percent sure, but it looks so close I don’t know how it couldn’t be him.”
Josh Taylor, a spokesman for the North Port Police Department said the man is,
“Not looking like him. Tattoo on left arm … but we are going to make sure…
Other than that, sure as heck looks like him.”
Police are now on a manhunt for Laundrie in the T. Mabry Carlton Reserve, a nearby Sarasota County wildlife refuge.
Laundrie has been silent about Petito’s disappearance since returning to their Florida home alone on September 1 after the two went on a summertime road trip across the country.
His family told police they haven’t seen him since Tuesday, when he told them he was headed to the nature reserve.
Petito and Laundrie had a fight that led to a concerned stranger calling the police. Utah police released footage of the encounter last week.
If you have information, 1-800-CALL-FBI is the number.
The North Port Police Department, FBI, and agency partners are currently conducting a search of the vast Carlton Reserve for Brian Laundrie. His family says they believe he entered the area earlier this week. More details when available. pic.twitter.com/I5x7DvQ3Jt— North Port Police (@NorthPortPolice) September 18, 2021