Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies converged on a Southgate Parkway motel Saturday after two men reported seeing fugitive Brian Laundrie walk past them.
Laundrie is wanted by authorities for questioning in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito. Her body was found in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest last month.
Cambridge police officers, Guernsey County sheriff’s deputies and Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force agents responded to Quality Inn just after the sighting was reported.
An investigation was conducted in conjunction with the FBI, but Laundrie was not located on the grounds.
“We checked several rooms of interest after ruling out other rooms throughout our investigation,” said Cambridge Police Detective Dustin Gerdau.
According to police reports, the men contacted authorities at approximately 10:40 a.m. Saturday to report a man they believed to be Laundrie had walked past them while they were performing maintenance work outside.
Both men told authorities they had a good look at the man and both believed it was Laundrie.
Gerdau contacted the local FBI office and a plan to check the motel was formulated.
Approximately eight to 10 officers responded to search the grounds and rooms for Laundrie.
The police report stated “it was determined that if Laundrie was at the motel, he was no longer there.”
Sightings of Brian Laundrie have occured in several states
On Sunday, a hiker on the Appalachian Trail reported talking to a man he was convinced was Laundrie. This sight occured around 12:30 Saturday morning near the Tennessee – North Carolina border. The FBI investigated the report, according to Fox 13 Tampa Bay.
Another individual also recently reported seeing Laundrie in Newman, Georgia.
According to media reports, Laundrie and Petito departed their Florida home in June for a cross-country trip in a white Ford van owned by Petito.
Authorities have referred to the couple as being engaged.
Petito’s family reported losing contact with her the last week of August. The couple was believed to be in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming at the time.
Laundrie returned to his parent’s home in Florida on Sept. 1 in the van without Petito.
He declined to talk with authorities regarding Petito after speaking with his attorney. He was later reported missing on Sept. 17 by his family, who advised they had not seen him since Sept. 14.
What happened to Gabby Petito?
On Sept. 21, the FBI reported the Teton County coroner confirmed human remains found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest were those of Petito.
Law enforcement and private citizens have conducted multiple searches for Laundrie since he was reported missing.
CNN reported the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Laundrie pursuant to a federal grand jury indictment for the “use of unauthorized devices” related to his activities after Petito’s death.
Anyone who believes they have seen Laundrie in the Guernsey County area can call the sheriff’s office at 740-439-4455 or Cambridge Police Department at 740-439-4431.