Former FBI agent Terry Turchie says refugees like Brian Laundrie “often try to figure out” how to get to their “comfort zone” while running and are often found in those areas.
Laundrie, 23, is wanted on a card-fraud case and is the victim of the murder of her 22-year-old fiancée, Gabby Petito, who went missing on September 11. Laundrie’s family last saw her on September 13.
“People don’t change because they become a fugitive,” Turchie, who spent a year in the mountains of North Carolina between 1998 and 1999 leading Olympic bomb hunter Eric Robert Rudolph, told Fox News Digital. “They often try to figure out how to land in the comfort zone.”
Laundrie enjoyed hiking and walking, so some experts have suggested that she may be in the desert or on the road, and a number of observations may add credibility to those theories. Still others say that a refugee may be closer to home and more likely to receive help from someone else.
Laundrie’s sister Cassandra described her brother in an interview as a “middle” survivor.
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“Obviously he is not outside another camp or another cave in a dry, cold place or… snake, water with a gator. He is somewhere where he is being cared for,” said Turchie. “When you see him come running home after it happened openly, that kind of tells you what he might be doing right now.”
Laundrie and Petito were traveling across the country in a van when Petito disappeared. Laundrie returned to her home in North Port, Florida, without Petito on September 1. Ten days later, Petito’s parents told her she was missing. Laundrie’s parents told her she was missing on September 17 but recently said the last time to see her was on September 13.
The FBI found Petito’s remains in Moose, Wyoming, where the pair were visiting Grand Teton National Park, on September 19.
Turchie explained that the key player in Rudolph’s FBI search in the 1990s was a man who shared Rudolph’s interests. Rudolph had spent some time talking to the man at his restaurant in North Carolina, and the man later gave the FBI helpful information about Rudolph after he initially refused to speak to the organization because he was against the government.
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Laundrie may be close to people she knows or trusts. Driving to remote areas “is exactly what he might be doing,” but he had to have money in order to do so, Turchie said. One small road accident, too, could cause “his refugee to run too short.”
Although all refugees are different, they are all “exhausted in the end, and most of them ended up fleeing …. More than a decade,” said Turchie, adding that he does not think Laundrie will run that long.
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“But the formula is the same,” a former FBI agent said in a search warrant. “You interview a lot of people who love this person as much as you can, you just keep following that. You talk to neighbors, friends and you look for anything.” [the fugitive] he may have said in the past that he did not have this guard where he had not done anything. “
These tips, Turchie believes, will eventually lead the authorities to find Laundrie in the same way that helped them find other refugees.