CADAVER-smelling K9s have reportedly been brought in to search for Brian Laundrie at a Florida nature reserve that’s been at the center of the hunt for the fugitive van-lifer.
Search efforts inside the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County appeared to be winding down in recent days, but on Thursday morning a hive of police activity was spotted at an entrance of the 24,000-acre park.
According to WFLA, several law enforcement vehicles were spotted on the Venice end of the reserve at around 9.30am.
Two units from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office were among the law enforcement units seen at the reserve.
A spokesperson for the department confirmed that two K9 units – a human remains detection, or HRD, unit and a K9 trainer – were on scene assisting the North Port Police Department, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.
“We have sent the HRD K9s a few times and patrol K9s (who are also trained to track those who are missing) a few times,” the spokesperson said.
“For more insight, we’re one of the only law enforcement agencies in Florida that have HRD K9s in-house, so we’re often requested to assist in that aspect across the state.”
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