SOME bizarre Reddit pages idolizing Brian Laundrie have claimed he is innocent and painted him as a victim.
Gabby Petito's fiance was reported missing by his parents after Florida police named him a "person of interest" in the woman's disappearance.
Petito, a 22-year-old influencer, was found dead in Wyoming on September 18 – and the case sparked numerous reactions and claims on social media.
After Laundrie was reported missing, authorities launched a search for him but, despite numerous theories also involving online sleuths, he has not been found yet.
The hashtag #GabbyPetito received over 1.2 billion views on TikTok, with people discussing the case and even some psychics claiming they can channel her spirit.
The subreddit r/GabbyPetito has over 135,000 members who have been talking about the ongoing investigation.
But on Reddit, there are also some people portraying Laundrie as a victim and hero who is misunderstood by the media.
A person claimed Laundrie had been "unfairly maligned" while others have been speculating about his whereabouts and personal life.
A small subreddit named r/FriendsofBrian, which has 1,100 subscribers, claims: "Brian Laundrie is a victim of domestic abuse who is being unfairly maligned in the court of woefully uninformed public opinion.
"This community is dedicated to seeing that Brian receives the treatment that he is entitled to by the Constitution of the United States of America, which is innocence until guilt is proven."
While defending Laundrie, some people also make baseless assumptions about Petito, such as calling her a "white supremacist" and promoting a conspiracy theory claiming she died of Covid-19.
A poster even wrote: "Brian will be remembered more than Gabby."
Petito's death has been ruled as a homicide, but the cause of death has not been made public.
But while some people idolize Laundrie, others use the channels to criticize him, with a person writing: "Just in time for Halloween, evil has a new face."
It is not clear whether the channels supporting Laundrie violate Reddit's Content Policy, which states: "Everyone has a right to use Reddit free of harassment, bullying, and threats of violence.
"Communities and users that incite violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned."
A spokesperson for Reddit told Insider: "We are closely reviewing communities related to the Gabby Petito case, including the subreddits in question.
"We are enforcing our sitewide policies across the platform and will continue to action the communities, content, and users that violate these policies."
The US Sun has contacted Reddit for further comment.
Since Laundrie's disappearance, online sleuths have shared several claims, with some suggesting he may be on the Appalachian Trail.
Dog the Bounty Hunter joined the hunt last weekend, pledging to catch Laundrie before the fugitive's birthday in November.
Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, said a lot of the information he has received points to the Appalachian hiking route.
He said: "Well, the leads yes have said that. The reason is that he spent a couple of months there in the past and he’s an outdoorsman. He’s got t-shirts on his social media with the mountains, he’s got pictures."
It comes as a lawyer claimed that the FBI might know where Laundrie is, but they are not ready to bring him into custody just yet.
Jarred Dunn, from Alabama, explained why he believes that authorities could be holding off on an arrest on a video posted to TikTok on Wednesday.
He said: "If you all think the authorities do not know where this guy is, you are living in Wonderland."
According to Dunn's theory, authorities are waiting to apprehend Brian because they do not have enough evidence to charge him with the murder of his fiancé Gabby Petito.
He claimed: "The police do not have enough evidence to convict [Brian] of murder.
"They went and got fraud charges to try to buy them some time and get the public off of their back."
Laundrie is not currently considered a suspect in Petito's murder, but has been cited as a person of interest.
He is wanted on a warrant for alleged bank fraud after running up $1,000 in charges on a debit card that's believed to have belonged to Gabby.
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