Potential Human Remains And Items Linked to Brian Laundrie Discovered In Florida Park

Potential human remains and items belonging to Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the murder of his fiancée Gabby Petito, have been found in the Carlton Reserve in North Port, Florida, authorities said.

The items discovered were a backpack and a notebook believed to be owned by 23-year-old Laundrie, FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael McPherson said.

Photo Credits: Gabby Petito’s Instagram profile

Discovery of Remains and Laundrie’s Items

A report by CNN cited McPherson as saying that the remains that were discovered in the area have been under water until of late and a source that was working closely with the investigation said that the potential human remains “appear to have been there a while.”

The source also told CNN that with the current condition of the remains found, it would take some time for it to be officially identified adding that it would be a tough process for the medical examiner.

According to Josh Taylor, North Port police spokesperson, the remains were discovered 2 to 3 miles inside of Carlton Reserve, a 45-minute walk from the entrance at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.

Laundrie Family’s Attorney Discuss The Discovery Of The Items

Steve Bertolino, the family’s attorney told CNN that Laundrie’s parents, who made their first visit to the part after it reopened, had helped with the discovery.

Bertolino said that the area where the remains were found was at the “very area of the park that we initially informed law enforcement on.” He was talking about the meeting they had with law enforcement on Sept. 17.

The FBI and North Pot Police had been informed by Laundrie’s parents Tuesday night that they would be coming to the park Wednesday morning to look for Brian Laundrie, Bertolino said. Law enforcement met the parents in the park Wednesday morning.

According to the family’s attorney, the parents walked the trail and were being followed closely by law enforcement personnel saying they were followed “certainly within eye shot.”

“As they went further in, Chris [Laundrie] ventured off the trail into the woods. He was zigzagging in different areas, law enforcement was doing the same thing. And Roberta Laundrie was walking down the trail… At some point, Chris locates what’s called a dry bag. The dry bag is a white bag, laying in the woods, say 20 feet or so off the trail,” Bertolino said.

He added that according to Chris Laundrie, the dry bag was in some shrub, not wanting to pick it up for the law enforcement to see it first but since “he couldn’t find the law enforcement,” – since they were out of sight and did not want to leave the bag there while a news reporter was standing nearby – he picked the bag up.

Bertolino said, “He did meet up shortly with law enforcement, they looked at the contents of the bag. At that time, law enforcement officers showed him a picture on the phone of a backpack that law enforcement had located also nearby and also some distance off the trail.”

“At that point, the Laundries were notified there was also remains near the backpack, and they were asked to leave the preserve.”

Bertolino debunked suggestions that Chris Laundrie planted the dry bag and said it was “hogwash.”

The family’s attorney also said that the Laundries are heartbroken over the discoveries.

FBI Processing The Scene, Might Take Several Days

FBI Tampa’s Evidence Response Team is processing the area and using all available forensic resources. McPherson said that it might take the team several days to process and be at the scene.

The potential human remains and items were found 37 days after Brian Laundrie was allegedly last seen by his parents.

Gabby Petito’s Case

The recent discoveries stem back from the death of Gabby Petito, Brian Launderie’s fiancée whose remains were found in a national forest in Wyoming on Sept. 19. Her death was ruled as a homicide, through manual strangulation.

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