NORTH PORT, Fla. – Authorities are probing whether or not a cellphone picture taken Friday of a person cops say appears to be like a “heck” of rather a lot just like the boyfriend of lacking Lengthy Island girl Gabby Petito, is certainly Brian Laundrie, who disappeared this week after being named an individual of curiosity in his girlfriend’s disappearance, The Publish has discovered.
The picture was snapped simply earlier than 5 p.m. Friday on Targee Ave in North Port — about two blocks from Laundrie’s mother and father’ residence, metadata from the picture reveals.
The picture reveals a bald and clean-shaven man with what officers counsel is an analogous construct to Laundrie casually strolling in flip-flops and sporting headphones. The Publish has not been in a position to establish the person within the picture.
The picture, taken by passerby Zachary Randazzo, was snapped about an hour and a half earlier than investigators from the North Port Police Division confirmed up at Laundrie’s mother and father’ residence after their legal professional known as the FBI to report him lacking, metadata from the picture reveals.
Cops are conscious of the picture — and are investigating, mentioned Josh Taylor, the spokesman for the North Port Police Division.
The person within the picture seems to have tattoos on his left arm, which Laundrie doesn’t, famous Taylor.
“Not wanting like him. Tattoo on left arm … however we’re going to ensure that,” he mentioned.
Taylor added “Aside from that, positive as heck appears to be like like him.”
Randazzo, 18, of Tampa, mentioned he did a double-take when he noticed the person, who he claimed “appears to be like identical to [Laundrie’s] clone.”
“We’re not 100% positive, nevertheless it appears to be like so shut I don’t know the way it couldn’t be him,” he added.
Police at the moment are on a manhunt for Laundrie in T. Mabry Carlton Reserve, a close-by Sarasota County wildlife refuge.
Laundrie has been silent about Petito’s disappearance since returning to their Florida residence alone on Sept. 1 after the 2 went on a summertime highway journey throughout the nation.
His household advised police they haven’t seen him since Tuesday, when he advised them he was headed to the character reserve.
Petito’s household final heard from the 22-year-old girl through textual content message on Aug. 30, however her mom beforehand mentioned she doesn’t imagine she was the one who despatched the message.