After claiming that drone footage recorded a hand peeking out of the earth, internet sleuths are selling a conspiracy theory that Brian Laundrie is hiding under a flower bed in his parents’ Florida property.
They claim that the drone video shows the 23-year-old fugitive’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, gardening in their yard, which has gone viral on social media.
A woman who looks like Roberta is seen tending to a flower garden while her husband stands nearby. When the drone footage was shot, it wasn’t immediately known.
Versions of the clip are now being shared on social media, with viewers claiming that it shows a hand reaching out of the flower bed as Roberta leans over.
As law enforcement continues their weeks-long search for Gabby Petito’s missing partner, others are speculating that Laundrie could be hiding in a bunker beneath the flower bed.
“There is certainly someone there,” one TikTok user, charlienovasite, said in a video containing zoomed-close portions of the drone footage. “You will not be able to persuade me to change my viewpoint.”
“Brian is under the garden bed,” mamabear xo, another investigator, commented alongside their TikTok video. Keep an eye on him while he hands something to his mother.”
After news broke on Thursday that Chris Laundrie had gone to a large Florida reserve to assist in the hunt for his son, TikTok user kmiller480 that the FBI inspect their yard.
“Chris Laundrie offers to help find his son, Brian.” Roberta Laundrie, on the other hand, is as busy as ever in the garden. “Has the FBI gone through the garden?” They wrote in tandem with the video.
Some people are also tagging Dog the Bounty Hunter in their videos, pleading with him to search beneath the flower bed.
Many, on the other hand, quickly dismissed the conspiracy notion, claiming that it was nothing more than a weed and pointing out that the FBI had already inspected the Laundrie residence.
“It’s incredible that people assume Brian Laundrie is hiding in a bunker beneath their flower garden. “Realistically, who would have an underground bunker in their backyard already OR be able to build one by the time Gabby went missing?” one Twitter user speculated.
“Stop with this absurd narrative of Brian Laundrie hiding in a stupid flower bed in his parents’ property,” another tweeted. It’s not even close to being amusing.”
According to his parents, Laundrie has been missing since Sept. 14 and has been the subject of a huge manhunt in Florida since then.
He is being sought for questioning in connection with Petito’s abduction and death, which occurred about three weeks after Laundrie returned to the couple’s Florida home without her during a road trip.