Suspected human remains and items belonging to Brian Laundrie found in Florida reserve, FBI says… Apparent human remains have been found in the Florida reserve where Brian Laundrie, fiancé of Gabby Petito, reportedly went missing, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
The remains were discovered in a previously flooded area in the Carlton Reserve, according to Michael McPherson, Special Agent in Charge in the Tampa Division of the FBI.
“Earlier today, investigators found what appears to be human remains along with personal items, such as a backpack and notebook belonging to Brian Laundrie,” McPherson told reporters during a press conference.
Authorities have not confirmed if the remains belong to Laundrie.
Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino, told Insider Wednesday that Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta, “were at the reserve earlier today when human remains and some of Brian’s possessions were located in an area where they had initially advised law enforcement that Brian may be.”
“Chris and Roberta will wait for the forensic identification of the human remains before making any additional comments,” Bertolino said.
Some items of Laundrie’s had been discovered in the Florida wildlife reserve where authorities had been searching for the missing man, Bertolino told Insider earlier Wednesday.
“Chris Laundrie discovered a ‘dry bag’ containing some of Brian’s items in the woods alongside the trail and a law enforcement officer also found a backpack nearby on the side of the trail near the remains,” Bertolino added.
The FBI’s Tampa office said on Wednesday that an evidence team was processing the scene.
Following the discovery, a team from the District 12 Medical Examiners Office in Sarasota arrived at the reserve, authorities confirmed to Insider.
A human remains detection team from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office was also requested by the North Port Police Department to go to the nature preserve Wednesday to assist in the search for Laundrie, spokesperson Amanda Hunt said.
The FBI had been searching for Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve but found no trace of him in over a month.
Laundrie was initially reported missing by his parents on September 17, who claimed he left the house for a hike on September 14 and never returned. Later, they changed their story, stating their son had actually set out on September 13.
Since then, the FBI had been conducting a manhunt for the man who is the sole person of interest in Gabby Petito’s death.
Laundrie’s parents opted to join the search Wednesday morning.
“The FBI and [North Port Police Department] were informed last night of Brian’s parents’ intentions and they met Chris and Roberta there this morning,” Bertolino told Insider.
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies then conducted a more thorough search of the reserve in Sarasota County.
Laundrie was wanted by the feds for bank-card-related fraud in which he used Petito’s debit card after she had died.
Laundrie and Petito set out for their cross-country road trip on July 2. But Laundrie returned to their home in North Port, Florida on September 1 with Petito’s van — and without Petito.
Petito’s body was found near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 19 where her death was almost immediately ruled a homicide.
A coroner announced on October 12 her cause of death was strangulation and that her body was there for 3-4 weeks before she was found.
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