Authorities have been searching the vast and wild Carlton Reserve in Florida for well over week now, hoping to find some sign of Brian Laundrie – the only person of interest in the death of his fiancée Gabby Petito.
Laundrie, who returned alone from a cross-country road trip with Petito nearly a month ago, had been completely unwilling to speak with police investigating her disappearance, (and now death), before himself going missing. His parents suggested that Brian had gone for a hike in the Carlton Reserve before disappearing, leading police to scour the wilderness within beginning back on September 18th.
Now, one local with intimate knowledge of the area says that it isn’t likely for Laundrie to still be there.
Florida cattle rancher Alan McEwen has spent nearly every day of the last 30 years navigating the woods where Brian Laundrie is suspected of hiding and says it’s not conducive to habitation.
“There’s no surviving out here, I don’t know how to say it,” McEwen told Fox News Digital.
McEwen, who has been assisting North Port Police Department in searching the preserve for signs of Laundrie, remains doubtful the Youtuber has what it takes to make it more than a couple of days in the swamp-like reserve.
“I’ve been in the woods in and out all my life … I have learned a lot in my life, and one thing I know is no one is gonna survive out there for two weeks on foot,” McEwen said.
Since Laundrie reportedly entered the reserve nearly two weeks ago, torrential rainfall has flooded the area with waist-deep water, rendering the lot where Laundrie is said to have left his car unrecognizable.
“Unless he’s got a butt like a duck and can float, he’s not in there,” McEwen said as he gave Fox News Digital a tour of the submerged park in his swamp buggy.
Then, in a bit of a macabre moment, McEwen noted that if there are “no buzzards” circling the reserve, then there’s “no body” out there…and the longtime Florida rancher has seen no buzzards.