AT least three bodies have been discovered around the US amid the manhunt for Brian Laundrie.
Authorities nationwide have been on high alert for Laundrie sightings for nearly five weeks since he was reported missing in Florida just two days before his fiancee Gabby Petito was found dead in Wyoming.
While Laundrie remains at large, at least three other people have been found dead under suspicious circumstances during that period.
An additional two bodies found before Laundrie disappeared have also been linked to the case, as they were discovered near where he was road-tripping with Gabby.
Internet sleuths combing for clues in the Laundrie case questioned the body count in a Reddit thread this week.
One user wrote: "How many bodies are just all willy nilly laying about?! Since starting the hunt for BL there have been what, 5 BODIES?"
The bodies include a married couple found murdered in Utah, a man who died by suicide in an Wyoming swamp, and remains found during a search for a woman who disappeared in a California desert in June.
Authorities have loosely linked three of the body recoveries to the Laundrie case – including the man who killed himself in Wyoming.
They said that recovery was the result of a spike in tips to police amid the search for Gabby.
Investigators in Utah also said they are "not ruling out" a potential link between the Laundrie case and the murder of the married couple in August.
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One person responding to the Reddit thread noted that finding five bodies over that length of time is not "statistically significant."
"This is all coincidence," user Keregi wrote. "People here are hyper focused on certain parts of the country right now so they think anything that happens is relevant."
However, speculation outweighed skepticism in the thread as many other users questioned whether there could be some links to the Laundrie case.
Perhaps the most high-profile body discovery mentioned in the thread came over the weekend as part of the search for Lauren Cho.
Cho, a 30-year-old chef from New Jersey, vanished on June 28 after setting out for a solo walk in California's Yucca Valley desert.
Authorities announced the discovery of human remains in the Yucca Valley on Saturday, but have not said whether they believe they belong to Cho.
The case gained renewed attention last month when it was compared to Gabby's disappearance.
Critics accused law enforcement of using more resources to search for Gabby because she is white, while other missing persons including Cho, who is of Asian descent, got less attention due to their race.
WYOMING HIKER SUICIDE
Robert "Bob" Lowrey, 46, vanished on August 20 while visiting Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest, near Grand Teton National Park.
The father-of-two was last seen on the Black Canyon Trail carrying a black duffel and a collapsed tent.
His family had been searching for him for weeks but had no leads.
However, Teton County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Sachse told NBC Dateline this week that it was the recent coverage of Gabby's tragic murder that encouraged members of the public to come forward with tips about Lowrey's last known movements.
Lowrey's body was found on August 27 and a coroner confirmed his death was a suicide.
NORTH CAROLINA REMAINS
On Saturday authorities announced that human remains were found by the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, where dozens of people claimed to have seen Laundrie in recent weeks.
The FBI was quick to clarify that the recovery had nothing to do with the Laundrie case.
"The body discovered along the Blue Ridge Parkway on Saturday is part of an ongoing investigation," FBI officials told WSOC9.
"At this time, there is no evidence to connect or any reason to believe it is related to the search for fugitive Brian Laundrie."
A cause of death for the unidentified person has not yet been determined.
Two of the bodies mentioned in the Reddit thread were found before the Laundrie manhunt began – but investigators have said it's possible they are linked.
Newlyweds Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38, were found shot deadin the La Sal mountain range in Utah on August 18, five days after they were last seen at Woody’s Tavern in Moab on August 13, according to Fox News.
The couple had been married for just four months and lived in a camper van, Fox13 reported.
They had reportedly complained about a man "creeping them out" shortly before they were killed.
Days earlier, cops with the Moab Police Department responded to a call about a fight between Gabby and Laundrie.
As the Laundrie case gained more and more attention, cops investigating the newlyweds' deaths said they were "not ruling out" the possibility that the cases were linked.
Brian Laundrie timeline
Brian Laundrie has not been seen since the morning of September 13. Here is a timeline of Laundrie’s latest whereabouts:
- July 2021: Brian Laundrie and his fiancé Gabby Petito leave for a grip across the country. The couple visit numerous national parks across the way.
- August 12: Police in Utah respond to an incident involving the couple. The bodycam footage is not released for another month but it shows a visibly upset Gabby talking to police after reports of a domestic violence incident outside a grocery store.
- August 24: Gabby is seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Laundrie.
- September 1: Laundrie returns to his home in North Port, Florida without Gabby.
- September 6: Laundrie joins his family on a camping trip about 75 miles from their home in North Port.
- September 11: Gabby's family reports her missing.
- September 13: Laundrie leaves home to go hiking in Carlton Reserve, Florida. His family had initially said he departed on September 14, but revised their timeline weeks later.
- September 15: Laundrie is named a person of interest in the case of Gabby.
- September 16: Bodycam footage is released regarding the incident between Gabby and Laundrie.
- September 19: The FBI announces a body found at a Wyoming national park is believed to be that of Gabby's.
- September 23: The FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie's arrest claiming he "used unauthorized debit cards after Gabby Petito's death."
- September 26: A funeral is held for Gabby in New York.
- September 27: Dog the Bounty Hunter announces he will lend a hand and help search for Laundrie.
- September 28: Gabby's family held an emotional press conference as the search for Laundrie continued.
- October 5: Laundrie's sister, Cassie, appeared on Good Morning America and urged her brother to come forward.
- October 7: Laundrie's father, Chris Laundrie, assisted law enforcement in the search to find his son.
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