KEY POINTS

  • Laundrie has been missing since Sept. 14
  • Netizens are claiming that Laundrie is hiding in a bunker under the flower bed
  • It is unclear when the video was taken

Many internet users are claiming that Brian Laundrie, the prime suspect in the death of his fiancée Gabby Petito, is hiding under the flower bed in the backyard of his parents' home in North Port, Florida. 

The conspiracy theory comes after drone footage appeared to capture a hand poking out of the soil as Roberta Laundrie, Brian’s mother, tended to the flower bed. This has led some netizens to claim that there could be a bunker in the Laundrie family’s backyard. 

“There is definitely someone there. You cannot change my mind,” TikTok user charlienovasite said. 

@charlienovasite

Zoomed in a bit more, same video as first zoomed in one. Tried getting any captions out of the way. #brianlaundrieupdate #brianlaundrie #foryoupage #dirtylaundrie

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However, many users also dismissed the theory, noting that the FBI have already searched the family’s home.

“I can’t believe people actually think Brian Laundrie is in a bunker under their flower bed. Realistically, who would coincidentally have an underground bunker in their backyard already OR be able to build one by the time they realized Gabby was missing,” another Twitter user wrote. 

The FBI visited the North Port home at least four times since Petito's disappearance. The agency has also gathered various items from the home for DNA and evidence. 

Laundrie is the primary suspect in the death of his 22-year-old fiancée Petito who he had joined on a cross-country trip beginning June 2021. The couple planned to travel in the victim’s white Ford van across the western United States, according to North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison, as reported by CNN.

However, Laundrie returned to his family’s home alone on Sept. 1, in the white vehicle that he and Petito had been traveling in. 

Petito’s family reported her missing on Sept. 11 after not being able to get in touch with her. Her remains were later discovered in Teton County, Wyoming. An initial autopsy ruled her death as a “homicide.”

Laundrie’s family reported him missing on Sept. 17, three days after they said their son left to go for a hike in nearby Carlton Reserve, kicking off a search for the 23-year-old man. 

The FBI has issued an arrest warrant for Brian after he illegally used a card to charge or withdraw more than $1,000 between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1. The credit card belonged to Petito, who authorities say may have been killed in late August. 

Gabby Petito Footage from a family travel vlog may have helped provide clues that led to recovering human remains at the Grand Teton National Park. In photo: A makeshift memorial dedicated to missing woman Gabby Petito is located near City Hall on September 20, 2021 in North Port, Florida Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images