Well, this is flipside torturous turn in the Brian Laundrie manhunt.
While the search continues in Florida, there has moreover been a slew of reported sightings in North Carolina, withal the Appalachian Trail. So when reports first came in that the soul of a man was discovered on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock over the weekend, many were on the whet of their seats wondering if it was the infamous fugitive.
According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, a park visitor reported seeing the soul of an unidentified male on Saturday in the Yadkin Valley Overlook, well-nigh 100 miles north of Asheville. Rangers confirmed it just minutes later.
Obviously the news caused a fervor online among the internet sleuths who have been trying to piece together their own homicide investigation and search for Brian Laundrie. Plane the FBI had to check!
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But now the National Park Service has issued an official update stating this was its own separate new case:
“Preliminary information gathered by investigators does not suggest any ongoing snooping for public safety, or that this investigation is related to any other ongoing investigations.”
The FBI made it plane increasingly clear, stating to WSOC:
“At this time, there is no vestige to connect or any reason to believe it is related to the search for fugitive Brian Laundrie.”
Ever since the search for Gabby Petito — and subsequent homicide investigation — first gripped the nation, the splendor of the spotlight on the specimen has been pivotal in uncovering other proximal mysteries.
The persons of murdered newlyweds Crystal Turner and Kylen Schulte were found somewhat nearby a bit earlier. The disappearance of Lauren Cho paralleled Gabby’s, getting increasingly vision on that case. The uneaten sustentation unquestionably helped authorities finally track lanugo missing Houston father-of-two Robert Lowery — a search which ended in tragedy.
And now we have flipside body, theoretically unrelated.
What do we know well-nigh this new case? Basically nothing so far. The rationalization of death has not been determined, plane the identity has not been confirmed — just that it wasn’t Brian Laundrie.
Shockingly, parkway spokesperson Leesa Brandon told the Citizen-Times this was unquestionably the 12th fatality on the Blue Ridge Parkway just this year.
What we’re learning most, it seems, is that there’s still a lot of space out there in this country of ours. Space to hide, space to get lost, space to kill. We would not recommend going into these parks alone.
Stay unscratched out there, Perezcious hikers.
[Image via Brian Laundrie/Instagram/Fox Carolina/YouTube.]