Brian Laundrie may 'drive himself insane' with no sleep says survival expert as cops say there is 50% chance he is DEAD

BRIAN Laundrie may drive himself insane with no sleep, a survival expert has claimed while cops believe there is a 50 percent chance he is already dead.

As the search for  Gabby Petito'smissing fiancé continues, experts have questioned Laundrie's skills to survive in the wild, after his sister claimed that her brother was a "mediocre survivalist."

Robert Urban, founder, and instructor of Urban Survival Academy told CNN that it is "highly unlikely" that someone who is not professionally trained in survival tactics could be alive after this long in the Carlton Reserve.

He said: "Florida’s climate is very, very difficult. I am an expert with plenty of experience, and it would be everything that I could do to survive for (more) than three weeks.

"Someone with no experience, you cannot be lucky and survive in that sort of climate."

Another expert, Jason Marsteiner, founder and president of The Survival University said: "Twenty-five days in that area is extremely tough. I wouldn’t want to do it and I’ve got jungle training, I’ve got mountain training."

He added that "he’s [Brian Laundrie] not sleeping well, and when you don’t sleep you slowly drive yourself insane, so he would be making bad decisions, bad choices and I think that would cause him to be found or get injured or perish."

Meanwhile, police believe that there is a 50 percent chance the missing 23-year-old is still alive, as he vanished almost a month ago.

When asked whether authorities think Laundrie is still alive, North Port officer and spokesperson Josh Taylor said: "It's possible, I would certainly think that it would not surprise me if he is, it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s not.

"I guess if we had to put odds on it I would say [50-50] is pretty close."

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However, survival expert Dave Canterbury previously said he believes if Laundrie had packed enough supplies in a backpack, he could still be alive if he's been evading capture at the reserve.

"I think a lot of that depends really on how prepared he was when he entered the area to begin with," he told CNN.

"If he had supplies in a backpack, which it's rumored that he had, if he had ways to disinfect water through filtration and cover to protect himself from the weather and things like that, he could survive for a certain period of time.

"But if he had ways to gather food and process that food he could survive even longer.

"The question really becomes if you can gather food, how are you going to process and cook that food without starting a fire, and if your filtration fails, how are you going to disinfect the water without starting a fire.

"Starting a fire is going to be a big no no for him if he doesn't want to get found or seen, so I think it's going to be very difficult for him to stay out there for a very long period of time.

"But I think up to this point he could have enough stuff in a backpack to have gotten along this far and still be there."


The fugitive was named a "person of interest" four days before 22-year-old Gabby, was found dead in Grand Teton Park in Wyoming. 

Gabby, 22, and Laundrie, 23, had been on a cross-country road trip over the summer.

Laundrie returned home to Florida without her at the beginning of September, and Gabby's family reported her missing on September 11.

Laundrie's family reported that he was missing as well just a few days later.

The Teton County coroner and FBI confirmed remains found on September 19 was Gabby. 

The coroner ruled her death a homicide but the cause of death hasn’t been revealed.

It comes asreality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter,  also known as Duane Chapman – who joined the hunt for Laundrie last month, has revealed he found "terrifying" information on Brian Laundrie's Facebook page and said he believed he could be a "serial killer."

The 68-year-old star's daughter said her dad is "not giving up" after he injured his ankle during the hunt.

Earlier this week, in an exclusive interview with The Sun, Chapman discussed tips he's received and revealed that he's close to catching him.

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