Gabby Petito's fiance Brian Laundrie is MISSING as cops launch search after being seen at his family home

THE fiance of missing Gabby Petito has vanished – with cops and federal agents launching a search for him after visiting his family's home in Florida on Friday.

Brian Laundrie, the 23-year-old who has been named a person of interest in his fiance's disappearance, was revealed on Friday night to be missing, his attorney said.

His attorney said in a statement to reporters, according to ABC7: "Be advised, the whereabouts of Brian Laundrie are currently unknown.

"The FBI is currently at the Laundrie residence removing property to assist in locating Brian."

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is now trying to locate him and Petito, Laundrie's attorney concluded.

Nearly a week into the search for Petito, officers with the North Port Police Department entered Laundrie's Florida home to speak with his family —but Laundrie was nowhere to be found.

Laundrie's family requested police to come speak with them at their home after claiming to have not seen Brian for days.

North Port Police Public Information Officer Josh Taylor told the New York Post: "His family has reported that they have not seen Brian as of Tuesday."

North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison took to Twitter after the conversation with Laundrie's family.

Garrison wrote: "Once we have the details, a statement will be made. We ask for calm!

"Please let us work through this and information will be forthcoming."

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Several police officers were seen going into the Laundrie family home in North Port, Florida, as protesters stood outside yelling: "Justice for Gabby" and "Bring Gabby Home."

One officer reportedly carried an evidence bag inside. Shortly after, the officers made their way outside and into a mustang convertible parked in the driveway, local journalist Brian Entin reported.

When officers left the Laundrie household, they reportedly didn't take anyone with them.

Laundrie's disappearance comes after his 22-year-old fiance went missing after they went on a cross-country road trip together.

It also comes about 16 days after he reportedly returned back home to Florida on September 1, without Petito.

On Tuesday, Laundrie released a statement through his lawyer saying the Laundrie family would remain "in the background" as the investigation unfolds.

"This is an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family," the statement said.

"I understand that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. On behalf of the Laundrie family it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is re-united with her family.

"On the advice of counsel the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment."

On Thursday, Laundrie's sister, Cassie Laundrie, spoke out on ABC's GMA and said: "All I want is for her to come home safe and found."

Petito was last seen on August 24 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Her family was reportedly asked to stop speaking publicly about Gabby's relationship with Laundrie.

"Gabby's family was instructed by law enforcement to not discuss the details of Gabby and Brian's relationship," the Petito's lawyer said in a statement this week, according to CBS News.

It's unknown when the investigators made this request.

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