Is Brian Laundrie in Toronto? A TikTok user claimed they saw the “person of interest” in the Gabby Petito case at a hotel in Canada. The flight attendant posted a photo she took of the “flustered” man, who shared a striking resemblance to Petito’s missing boyfriend. But many question whether it was actually Brian Laundrie given the fact that Canada now has strict Covid-19 restrictions, and he likely would have had to take a PCR test to get into the country.
The look-alike was spotted on Monday at a hotel in Toronto. It wasn’t clear who the man was, however, the witness claimed he looked exactly like the man authorities are searching for. So far, it has not been confirmed whether the flight attendant’s assumptions are true or false. FBI has not been able to track the man since he left the witness’s presence earlier this week.
The flight attendant posted the picture on their TikTok account – which has since gone private – and explained their theory to viewers. Sleuths in the comments tried to piece together whether the man really was Brian Laundrie, though the blurry picture provided inconclusive evidence.
“I’m not sure if this looks like him or if I just fell too far down the rabbit hole,” the woman admitted to her followers, having stitched her face on top of the quick picture she took of the mystery man. She explained that “you can see the dip in his mustache and the ears are bent down [in her photo], but my ears bend down when I wear a face mask.”
“It looked so much like him — it made me feel really nauseous because I’ve never seen him in person, like many of you haven’t, and this is exactly how I imagined he would look,” she continued. The man reportedly got into a car with another man and left the scene. The flight attendant then explained that she “did inform the hotel [that she thought it was Laundrie].”
She said that “the employees at the hotel didn’t have any idea about the case, which was concerning.” The hotel staff did inform her that the man “had the wrong hotel” and seemed confused as though he “didn’t know where he was going.”
While it’s unclear whether the man in the TikTok was in fact Brian Laundrie, there are restrictions in place at the Canadian border that make it unlikely Laundrie could have passed undetected into the country. According to a Canadian government website, citizens of the United States must be fully vaccinated to enter the country and provide a valid Covid-19 molecular test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted.
Those looking to get into Canada from the United States through car, bus, or other ground transport are also almost always required to submit information through ArriveCAN. Without a receipt from ArriveCAN, travelers may be denied entry into the country, meaning if Brian Laundrie didn’t submit through the online application, he likely would have been turned away.
This would have made it very difficult for the person of interest to get into Canada and Toronto undetected. And now that authorities are looking for him, they likely would have tracked him into the country had he used the ArriveCAN system.
As of Friday morning, however, Brian Laundrie has evaded law enforcement, who have been searching for him since last week. Officers with the North port Police Department and assisting teams have searched the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre preserve near Laundrie’s family home in Florida. Authorities believed he was hiding in the alligator-infested terrain after his parents reported him missing, explaining to police that he had told them he was going hiking at Carlton.
After a week-long search, authorities have turned up empty-handed. However, it was recently reported that the FBI issued a warrant for Brian Laundrie’s arrest after they discovered he fraudulently used a Capital One Bank debit card that was not his.
The warrant states that Laundrie is wanted for “use of unauthorized access device’ related to activities between August 30 and September 1 and that he used the card to obtain items totaling $1,000 or more.” It wasn’t revealed who the card belonged to.
“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide,” said a statement that was unsealed by the Bureau’s Denver desk Thursday.
According to reports, Brian Laundrie has evaded law enforcement because he left his wallet and cell phone at his family’s home in North Port. This had made it harder for police to track him. It wasn’t clear if he had money with him when he left his family’s home last week, however, he has refrained from using a credit card so authorities can’t pinpoint his location.