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PICTURED: Inside the bedroom of Brian Laundrie as search continues for boyfriend of Gabby Petito

Photos from a realty website show have revealed the inside of the modest three-bedroom, two-bathroom home where Brian Laundrie lived in with his parents in North Port, Florida, as the manhunt for the ‘person of interest’ in his fiancée’s homicide continues.

The images show what appears to be a gun hanging from a bookcase in Laundrie’s bedroom, as well as a disturbing poster of dark figures with hammers and spheres violently attacking each other.

The pictures were taken in 2017 and were first obtained by the New York Post. 

Also visible is a Darth Vader helmet on a book shelf, and a collection of Watchmen books.

Watchmen is a series of graphic novels set in an alternative universe in which ‘the mere presence of American superheroes changed history: The U.S. won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president and the Cold War is in full effect,’ according to its description from DC Comics. 

Laundrie, 23, an apparently avid reader, was previously seen in a video uploaded to his and Gabby Petito’s YouTube page reading what appears to be Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation, a 2014 novel about four females who venture into Area X, where three die and a fourth disappears permanently.

He returned to his family home in Florida without Petito on September 1, and on September 14 police were alerted to his disappearance. He has not been seen since, and remains a ‘person of interest’ in the case.

Photos of his bedroom at his home in North Port, Florida appear to show he had a gun in his bedroom as of 2017, and displayed a poster of dark figures with hammers and spheres violently attacking each other

Brian Laundrie, 23, is wanted as a person of interest in the homicide of his fiancée Gabby Petito

Brian Laundrie, 23, is wanted as a person of interest in the homicide of his fiancée Gabby Petito

Laundrie was apparently an avid reader, with some pointing to a video on the couple's YouTube page showing him reading a book about a missing woman. He is seen here camping on the Appalachian trail with Petito in March for her birthday

Laundrie was apparently an avid reader, with some pointing to a video on the couple’s YouTube page showing him reading a book about a missing woman. He is seen here camping on the Appalachian trail with Petito in March for her birthday

There was also a punching bag hanging from the ceiling of the garage

There was also a punching bag hanging from the ceiling of the garage

The modest three-bedroom, two-bathroom home includes a pool

The modest three-bedroom, two-bathroom home includes a pool

The Laundries bought the 1,448 square foot home for $120,000 in 2015

The Laundries bought the 1,448 square foot home for $120,000 in 2015

According to property records obtained by the Post, the Laundries bought the 1,448 square foot home for $120,000 in 2015, and two years later attempted to list it for $215,000, with a price reduction a month later.

The Laundries took the home back off the market shortly after, in January 2018, the paper said.

It includes a home office area, a punching bag in the garage and a pool in the backyard.

Property records show the family also owned a Venice, Florida condo since 2015, which they bought for $99,500 and sold over the summer for $144,000 – after just two weeks on the market – and purchased another North Port home in January 2020 for $140,000, which they sold one year later for $140,000.

The Laundries also previously owned a home in Bayport, New York which they purchased back in 2008 for $330,000.

There, Brian Laundrie first met Gabby Petito, the eldest of six siblings, at Bayport-Blue Point High School on Long Island.

They recently reconnected, her father has said, and she worked as a pharmacy technician to save money for their cross-country road trip.

The couple left on July 2, and were documenting their trip on social media, with Petito’s Instagram profile reading: ‘Traveling the world in our tiny van’ while enjoying ‘art, yoga and veggies.’

Laundrie and Petito are seen in a photo dated July 29. The pair met at high school on Long Island, New York, and begun dating several years ago

Laundrie and Petito are seen in a photo dated July 29. The pair met at high school on Long Island, New York, and begun dating several years ago

They documented their voyage on Instagram, with Petito's Instagram profile reading: 'Traveling the world in our tiny van' while enjoying 'art, yoga and veggies'

They documented their voyage on Instagram, with Petito’s Instagram profile reading: ‘Traveling the world in our tiny van’ while enjoying ‘art, yoga and veggies’

The pair had been traveling on a cross-country trip together since July 2, when they left New York. Petito was reported missing on September 11

The pair had been traveling on a cross-country trip together since July 2, when they left New York. Petito was reported missing on September 11

But her family lost contact with her on August 24, when her mother received two strangely-worded text messages from Petito’s phone.

By September 11, police were alerted of her disappearance, and on Sunday, authorities found Petito’s body at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area on the edge of the Grand Teton national park in Wyoming.

Her death was ruled a homicide on Tuesday, with the FBI in Denver tweeting: ‘Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed the remains are those of Gabrielle Venora Petito, date of birth March 19, 1999. 

‘Coroner Blue’s initial determination for the manner of death is homicide. 

‘The cause of death remains pending final autopsy results.’ 

The FBI on Tuesday said that a forensic search of the camping area where her body was found had ended, and appealed for anyone who was in the area from August 27 to August 30 to contact them. 

Laundrie’s family said on Tuesday evening, through their lawyer: ‘May Gabby Rest In Peace.’

Petito’s case was being referred to as a criminal investigation for the first time on Tuesday.

‘This is an FBI-led criminal investigation and North Port Police are assisting our federal partner in any way we can to bring this investigation to a close,’ said Josh Taylor, a spokesperson for Florida’s North Port Police Department, in a statement.

A tearful Petito is seen in the back of the police car. Laundrie admits he 'pushed her' during the altercation and cops determine Petito was 'the primary aggressor'

A tearful Petito is seen in the back of the police car. Laundrie admits he ‘pushed her’ during the altercation and cops determine Petito was ‘the primary aggressor’ 

Laundrie is seen with scratches on his face which he tells an officer were caused when Petito 'was trying to get the keys from me' and 'hit me with her phone'

Laundrie is seen with scratches on his face which he tells an officer were caused when Petito ‘was trying to get the keys from me’ and ‘hit me with her phone’

The FBI confirmed on Tuesday that Petito's death was a homicide

The FBI confirmed on Tuesday that Petito’s death was a homicide

The couple had been in contact with police in the days before she vanished.

On August 12, a passerby in Moab, Utah, called police after seeing a man and a woman in a blazing row, physically fighting each other.

In the audio, obtained by DailyMail.com, the male caller tells a Grant County sheriff that a ‘gentleman’ in a white van with a Florida license plate had slapped a girl in the vehicle before driving away. 

A witness, known only as Christopher, wrote in his statement – obtained by Fox News – that ‘they were talking aggressively [at] each other [and] something definitely seemed off.’

He added: ‘At one point, they were sort of fighting over a phone – I think the male took the female’s phone. It appeared that he didn’t want her in the white van.

‘I heard her say, ‘Why do you have to be so mean?’

He said he saw Petito allegedly ‘punching him in the arm’ and trying to get inside the vehicle – which was registered in her name. She had been working as a pharmacy technician to save money for the four-month trip.

‘From my point of view, something definitely didn’t seem right,’ Christopher wrote. 

‘It was as if the guy was trying to leave her, and maybe take her phone? Not sure but wanted to help out.’ 

Petito and Laundrie were both interviewed by police, and Petito said that Laundrie sometimes hit her.

Melissa Hulls, the visitor and resource protection supervisor at Arches National Park, told Petito that her relationship with Laundrie ‘seemed toxic’.

Hulls told Deseret News: ‘I was probably more candid with her than I should’ve been. 

‘I was imploring with her to reevaluate the relationship, asking her if she was happy in the relationship with him, and basically saying this was an opportunity for her to find another path, to make a change in her life.

‘She had a lot of anxiety about being away from him, I honestly thought if anything was going to change it would be after they got home to Florida.’

In the end, Petito stayed with Laundrie.

‘This wasn’t a good day for anybody. We thought we were making the right decision when we left them.’ 

A huge manhunt was launched on September 11 to find the missing woman, and police said that they eventually received more than 1,000 tips.

As of Tuesday, the hashtag #GabbyPetito has received more than 650 million views on the social media platform TikTok, according to the Associated Press. 

Petito and Laundrie had cultivated a following on social media as the traversed the West in their van, and fellow social media users jumped into the hunt for clues.

The van was spotted in footage made by YouTubers, a TikTok user said that she had given an ‘antsy’ Laundrie a lift when he was hitchhiking on August 29, and an Idaho woman who owns a shop in the town of Victor said that she had seen the pair around that time. 

North Port Police Department officials searched the vast Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota, Florida, area for Brian Laundrie on Saturday

North Port Police Department officials searched the vast Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota, Florida, area for Brian Laundrie on Saturday

Law enforcement officers were seen entering the reserve on Saturday

Law enforcement officers were seen entering the reserve on Saturday

Police continue the search for Brian Laundrie in High water all terrain vehicles in the Carlton Park area near the Venice in Florida on Tuesday

Police continue the search for Brian Laundrie in High water all terrain vehicles in the Carlton Park area near the Venice in Florida on Tuesday

The FBI previously raided Laundrie's house in North Port for any evidence of his whereabouts

The FBI previously raided Laundrie’s house in North Port for any evidence of his whereabouts

An FBI agent talks with a North Port officer while they collect evidence from the Laundries' family home

An FBI agent talks with a North Port officer while they collect evidence from the Laundries’ family home

Meanwhile, Laundrie’s whereabouts are now a subject of intense interest.

His car has been recovered from where it was abandoned at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida. The Mustang had a note on it asking for the car to be removed.

Police on Monday said they had ‘exhausted all avenues in searching of the grounds there,’ but are still looking for Laundrie. 

Carlton Reserve is described by locals as swampy, alligator-filled, and full of snakes and mosquitoes. 

Yet despite their exhaustive search, they continued to scour the area, and on Tuesday evening tweeted: ‘Search of the Carlton & nearby lands concluded for the evening. Nothing of note. The current plan is to return Wednesday with a similar operation.’ 

On Tuesday they were investigating a possible sighting of him, after someone baring a resemblance was spotted in a wooded area 500 miles from his Florida home.   

Sam Bass told police that he spotted a man while he set up his deer camera in the wilderness in Baker, Florida in Okaloosa County early on Monday morning.

But the local sheriff’s office said that it followed up on the report and ‘no one – and nothing – of note was located.’ 

‘The OCSO did its due diligence in response to this report and is wrapping up an extensive search that took place in this area to include nearby farmlands,’ the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

‘No one – and nothing – of note was located. The individual referenced in the post below has no known ties to our area.’  

The photo image provided to police by Bass shows a man with a backpack as he is walking through the woods in the Florida Panhandle.

The man appears to have the same physical features as Laundrie, including a slim build and a bald head.  

The photo image provided to police by Bass shows a man with a backpack as he is walking through the woods

The man appears to have the same physical features as Laundrie, including a slim build and a bald head

The photo image provided to police by Bass shows a man with a backpack as he is walking through the woods. The man appears to have the same physical features as Laundrie, including a slim build and a bald head

'I'm not saying this is the guy but whoever was on my trail camera this morning in Baker, Fl strongly fits the description of Brian Laundrie, authorities have been contacted but people in the North West Florida area be on the look out,' Bass wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday

‘I’m not saying this is the guy but whoever was on my trail camera this morning in Baker, Fl strongly fits the description of Brian Laundrie, authorities have been contacted but people in the North West Florida area be on the look out,’ Bass wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday

The alleged sighting took place some 500 miles from Laundrie's North Port, Florida home. North Port Police on Tuesday resumed a search for Laundrie at the Carlton Reserve, a swampy region where he is last believed to have visited before his disappearance last week

The alleged sighting took place some 500 miles from Laundrie’s North Port, Florida home. North Port Police on Tuesday resumed a search for Laundrie at the Carlton Reserve, a swampy region where he is last believed to have visited before his disappearance last week

More than 50 searchers from at least eight law enforcement agencies led by the FBI are using huge swamp-busting amphibious vehicles, ATVs, bloodhounds, other K9s and drones as they ramp up efforts to track down the 23-year-old.

Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, announced that at the request of local law enforcement, he had ‘directed all state agencies under my purview to continue to assist federal & local enforcement as they continue to search – we need justice for Gabby’. 

Police in North Port, Florida – who are facing criticism for allowing Laundrie to disappear – issued a statement last week defending themselves.

‘We understand the community’s frustration. We are frustrated too,’ the department said in a tweet. 

‘For six days, the North Port police department and the FBI have been pleading with the family to contact investigators regarding Brian’s fiancée Gabby Petito.

‘Friday is the first time they have spoken with investigators in detail. 

‘It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime. We are not currently working a crime investigation. We are now working a multiple missing persons investigation.’ 

John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted, told CNN on Tuesday he wanted to know whether Laundrie was ever inside his parents’ house, and asking whether it was possible that the Carlton Reserve story was all part of an elaborate plot to allow the 23-year-old to escape. 

Brian Laundrie's father Christopher Laundrie made a rare foray into town on Tuesday, one day after the FBI raided the North Port, Florida home he shares with his wife Roberta

Brian Laundrie’s father Christopher Laundrie made a rare foray into town on Tuesday, one day after the FBI raided the North Port, Florida home he shares with his wife Roberta

Laundrie, who was dressed in khaki shorts and a black top, strode out to his red Dodge Ram pick-up truck and drove past the police presence outside his home before returning 20 minutes later with half a gallon of milk

Christopher Laundrie

Laundrie, who was dressed in khaki shorts and a black top, strode out to his red Dodge Ram pick-up truck and drove past the police presence outside his home before returning 20 minutes later with half a gallon of milk

Laundrie’s father Christopher Laundrie broke cover for the first time Tuesday – but refused to answer questions about his missing son.

The 62-year-old is seen in exclusive DailyMail.com photos walking out onto his driveway around 3pm, a day after the FBI raid on the North Port, Florida home he shares with wife Roberta, 55.

Dressed in khaki shorts and a black top, Laundrie strode out to his red Dodge Ram pick-up truck and drove past the continued police presence outside his home.  

He returned 20 minutes later with half a gallon of milk and quickly disappeared back into the house. 

The Laundrie residence has since become somewhat of a media circus. 

Christopher and Roberta Laundrie told police on September 17 that their son had told them three days earlier he was going for a hike, and never returned. 

In the early days of the investigation, they refused to speak to investigators and their son hired a lawyer.

The attorney, Steven Bertolino, was planning to hold a press conference from Long Island, New York, at 1 pm. on Tuesday. 

He canceled the press conference on Monday night after discussions with the FBI.

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