Ex cop slams $1.2million spent on search for Brian Laundrie & say there are a lot more missing people who need help

AN ex-police officer has slammed the $1.2million he claims have been spent on the search for Brian Laundrie, saying there are a lot more missing people who need help.

Search and rescue expert Mike Hadsell has estimated that the search for the missing 23-year-old in Florida's 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve has cost about $1.2million.

The former LA County Sheriff's deputy added that Laundrie's parents could be responsible for the large bill if authorities find they lied about where their son was headed the last time they saw him.

"I can accurately estimate they are spending $200,000 a day on this search," Hadsell told the Daily Mail. "And if this thing turns out to be bogus and they can prove that the family misled law enforcement on this, the parents will get a bill."

 'To see them blow more than a million bucks out here on this guy, is just like what the heck?" said Hadsell.

"A lot of other people who end up missing need that money and need that help. And they just don't get it. And that is chaffing me on this whole thing," Hadsell said.

Many have commented in recent days that the resources used in the searched for Petito and Laundrie don't match those used for other people who vanished near Grand Tetons such as Daniel Robinson and Lauren Cho.

The former cop runs the volunteer Peace River K9 Search and Rescue Association in Sarasota but is not associated with the search for Laundrie.

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He also shared that "insiders" told him nothing has been found in the days-long search.

'There would be evidence that somebody has been moving through there. And any K9 will pick that up. So far I've heard they've found none of that. If that's true, then Laundrie's probably not there," he said.

Even if Laundrie were in the reserve, Hadsell doesn't think he could have survived there this long.

"I'm very familiar with that reserve. It's like searching in Jurassic Park. It is a hostile and challenging environment – utterly brutal," he said.

"It would be extremely hard to survive as long as this search has been going on. I doubt he would survive more than two to three days because of the dangers of the swamp, the alligators, the snakes and the bugs."

On Friday North Port police answered questions about the cost of the ongoing search for Laundrie.

Police told local reporter Brian Entin: “The question about costs have come up a lot today. We do not have that tallied up. We are not paying other agencies, it’s mutual aid.

“From our personnel standpoint. I would say we are working this case instead of other things. That has an impact of course. There will be some overtime mixed in there. Cost of fuel and vehicle maintenance too…

“Almost every meal we’ve had at the PD has been made by family or donated. Every meal for those working out in the field has been donated by generous citizens and businesses. We have a special community.”

North Port Police Commander Joe Fussell said: "We are not wasting our time out here. We are doing our due diligence to find Brian in an area that intelligence had led to us that he could possibly be in."

Ex cop Hadsell, on his part, says police have a better shot at finding Laundrie if he's dead, "Not because the searchers would find him. It will usually be the buzzards that will find him."

"I'm sure the Fisheries and Wildlife guys are monitoring the birds to see if there is any bird activity in certain locations. That's one of the fastest ways to find a body," he added.

The Sun reached out to Commander Fussell but as of this publication has not received word back. 

Laundrie disappeared on September 14, after he allegedly told his parents that he was going for a hike in a Florida nature reserve. 

His 22-year-old vlogging fiancee Gabby Petito was reported missing on September 11 and Laundrie was declared a "person of interest" by cops investigating the case days later. 

On Sunday, authorities discovered Gabby’s body in a remote area of Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming on Sunday. 

More than 50 searchers made up of FBI agents alongside cops in Laundrie's hometown of North Port, Florida and various other law enforcement agencies logged their sixth day tracking him in the dense swampland using dive teams, dogs, drones, ATVs, infrared cameras.

On Thursday, the Denver field office of the FBI released an arrest warrant and indictment of Laundrie related to his unauthorized use of a Capital One debit card and pin code with "intent to defraud" between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 in Wyoming and elsewhere running up a balance of $1,000 or more.

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