It’s official: the ex-boyfriend and suspected killer of Gabby Petito is dead, his remains found in a Florida park.
The announcement just broke:
BREAKING: Human remains found in Florida belong to Brian Laundrie https://t.co/m2PForSWdg
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 21, 2021
BREAKING: FBI confirms human remains are identified as Brian Laundrie pic.twitter.com/rs0zAMRTA0
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 21, 2021
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JUST IN: The FBI has confirmed that remains found in a Florida nature reserve are those of Brian Laundrie, the fiancée of Gabby Petito. Laundrie went missing last month. https://t.co/1WXS5prBeb
— CNN (@CNN) October 21, 2021
An attorney for the Petito family, Richard Stafford, said they are not doing interviews.
“They are grieving the loss of their beautiful daughter,” Stafford said. “Gabby’s family will make a statement at the appropriate time and when they are emotionally ready.”
Skeletal remains and clothing found
The identification came hours after police in North Port said the remains that were found were skeletal and belonged to a human.
“They are human remains, no doubt there. I would say that the remains were consistent with one individual, you know skeletal remains,” police spokesperson Josh Taylor told CNN.
Investigators also found clothing believed to be consistent with what Laundrie was wearing when he took off September 13, according to Taylor.
Less than a week after Laundrie went missing last month, authorities in Wyoming found Petito’s remains in a national forest. Her death was ruled a homicide by manual strangulation.
On Wednesday, investigators also found a backpack and a notebook belonging to Laundrie, 23, near the remains while they were searching the Carlton Reserve in North Port, according to FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael McPherson.
“The notebook to my understanding has not been opened. You know, that will need to be processed,” Taylor said.
A source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN the notebook is “possibly salvageable.” The source said the notebook was “outside of the dry bag.”
“It had been clearly wet and they are going to use any potential means to dry that out before opening it,” according to the source, who added: “They’ll be very careful with it.”
The source said it is unclear how the notebook ended up outside the bag.
When Taylor was asked about whether a weapon was found, he said he could not comment.
When asked if there is an ongoing search for the murderer of Gabby Petito, he responded, “That is certainly not in the North Port Police Department’s purview.”
And from the NY Post:
The FBI confirmed Thursday that remains found in a heavily wooded Florida park are those of missing fugitive Brian Laundrie, who had been the subject of a massive manhunt following the death of his girlfriend Gabby Petito.
“On October 21, 2021, a comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found at the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve and Myakkahatchee Creed Environmental Park are those of Brian Laundrie,” the agency said in a statement.
The remains were found about a 40-minute hike into the marshy park, where Laundrie went for a walk after leaving his parents’ home on Sept. 13, North Port police spokesman Josh Taylor told The Post Thursday.
Taylor said the remains, which were found early Wednesday alongside a backpack and a notebook belonging to Laundrie, consisted of human bones.
The grisly discovery came after Laundrie’s parents were summoned to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park early Wednesday, where family attorney Steve Bertolino had confirmed that “some articles” belonging to Brian Laundrie had been found.
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