Former FBI agent Terry Turchie says fugitives like Brian Laundrie “tend to try to figure out” how they will attain their “comfort zone” whereas on the run and are sometimes positioned in these locations.

Laundrie, 23, is needed on debit card fraud fees and is an individual of curiosity in the murder of his 22-year-old fiancée, Gabby Petito, who was reported lacking on Sept. 11. Laundrie’s household final noticed him on Sept. 13.

“People don’t change because they become a fugitive,” Turchie, who spent a 12 months in the North Carolina mountains between 1998 and 1999 main the fugitive case in opposition to Olympic bomber Eric Robert Rudolph, informed Fox News Digital. “They tend to try to figure out how they can land in the comfort zone.”

Brian Laundrie (Instagram)

Laundrie loved mountain climbing and touring, so some consultants have urged he might be in the wilderness or on the street, and a number of other potential sightings have added some credibility to these theories. Others have urged the fugitive might be nearer to residence and will be getting assist from one other particular person.

Laundrie’s sister Cassandra Laundrie described her brother in an interview with media as a “mediocre” survivalist.


“Clearly he’s not out in some camp or some cave somewhere on the hard, cold ground or … snake, gator-infested water. He’s somewhere where he’s probably being taken care of,” Turchie stated. “When you see how he came running home after something obviously happened, that kind of tells you what he’s probably doing now.

Laundrie and Petito were traveling cross-country in a van when Petito disappeared. Laundrie returned to their North Port, Florida home, in the van without Petito on Sept. 1. Ten days later, Petito’s parents reported her missing. Laundrie’s parents reported him missing on Sept. 17 but recently said the last time they saw him was on Sept. 13.

Brian Laundrie (Moab Police Department)

Brian Laundrie (Moab Police Department)

The FBI found Petito’s stays in Moose, Wyoming, the place the pair was visiting Grand Teton National Park, on Sept. 19.

Turchie defined how a key participant in the FBI’s seek for Rudolph in the Nineteen Nineties was a person who shared a few of Rudolph’s pursuits. Rudolph had hung out speaking to the person in his wholesome meals retailer in North Carolina, and the person in the end gave the FBI useful details about Rudolph after initially refusing to speak to the company as a result of he was staunchly anti-government.


Laundrie might equally be round individuals he is aware of or trusts. Driving to far-off locations, as he had been earlier than his disappearance, can be “exactly the kind of thing that that may very well be what he’s doing,” however he must have funds in order to take action, Turchie stated. One minor site visitors error, too, might make “his fugitive run pretty short.”

While all fugitives are completely different, all of them “tire eventually, and many of them ended up being on the run for …. well over a decade,” Turchie stated, including that he doesn’t assume Laundrie will be on the run for that lengthy.


“But the formula is essentially the same,” the previous FBI agent stated of the search course of. “You interview as many people who need this person as you can, you continue following that. You talk to neighbors, friends and you look for anything [the fugitive] might have said during a time that he didn’t have this guard up where he hadn’t done anything.”

Those clues, Turchie believes, will in the end lead officers to find Laundrie in the identical approach it has helped them uncover different fugitives.