Brian Laundrie’s remains were likely found in a Florida nature preserve on Wednesday, family attorney says

UPDATE, October 21, 6:20 p.m. ET: The FBI on Thursday identified human remains found in a Florida nature reserve as those of Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the death of his girlfriend Gabby Petito while the couple were traveling across the country.

The apparent remains of a person found in a Florida nature reserve on Wednesday are likely those of Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s fiancé wanted in connection with his death, according to a lawyer for the Laundrie family.

Authorities on Wednesday located a backpack and notebook they believed to be laundry in the Carlton Reservation on the west coast of Florida.

For more than a month, law enforcement has searched for Laundrie, 23, in connection with the death of Petito, whose body was found on September 19 in Wyoming, near where the couple were traveling together. for a trip across the country. Laundrie went missing on September 14 after returning home to Florida without Petito.

A Teton County coroner said on October 12 that his death was caused by strangulation. It was previously a homicide.

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday evening that there was a high probability that the remains found in the Florida nature reserve belonged to Laundrie.

“It’s pretty sad, you can imagine as a parent finding your son’s belonging next to the remains. It must be heartbreaking. And I can tell you that they are heartbroken, ”said Bertolino.

But a formal identification of the remains could take longer, according to CNN. They were found in an area that was until recently underwater, said FBI Special Agent Michael McPherson. A medical examiner arrived at the reserve on Wednesday.

Michael McPherson, chief of the FBI Tampa bureau, issues a statement to the media during a briefing Wednesday, October 20, 2021 in North Port, Florida. Objects believed to belong to Brian Laundrie and potential human remains have been found in a Florida wilderness park during a search for clues to the murder of Gabby Petito. (AP Photo / Chris O’Meara)PA

Bertolino said Laundrie’s parents helped law enforcement locate certain items believed to belong to their son in the nature reserve. The park had been closed to the public before Wednesday, he said, but parents had provided officials with places Brian had enjoyed visiting.

Chris and Roberta Laundrie searched the park while being closely accompanied by law enforcement, Bertolino said. Chris found a white dry bag 20 feet from a trail and showed it to authorities, who informed him that a backpack and human remains had been found nearby. The laundries were then told to leave the reserve, the family’s lawyer said.

The remains were found on the reserve, a spokesperson for the City of North Port, Florida police said.

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