Brian Laundrie found dead in Florida nature preserve, FBI says

The FBI on Thursday identified human remains found at a Florida nature preserve as those of Brian Laundrie, a person interested in the death of his girlfriend Gabby Petito while the couple were traveling across the country.

The remains, a backpack and a notebook believed to belong to Laundrie were discovered Wednesday in a Florida wilderness park, according to the FBI. The area where they were found was underwater during previous searches.

The FBI office in Denver said in a press release that a comparison of dental records confirmed the remains were Laundrie.

The discovery of the remains concluded a massive search involving federal, state and local law enforcement that began shortly after Laundrie disappeared on September 14, two weeks after the 23-year-old returned home alone. from his parents in North Port, Florida.

Petito’s family reported him missing on September 11, launching a search that garnered worldwide media attention and focused largely on the Carlton Preserve Wilderness Park near the Laundrie House. It is a densely forested swampy area that is home to alligators, coyotes, bobcats, snakes, and many other creatures.

The intense attention to Petito’s case has led to renewed calls for people to pay greater attention to cases involving missing Indigenous women and other people of color.

The body of Petitio, 22, was found on September 19 on the edge of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, which the couple had visited. The coroner concluded that she died of strangulation and that her body remained where it was found for three or four weeks.

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