Because of the condition of Brian Laundrie’s remains, his cause of death is still unclear. The autopsy was inconclusive, so now, the next step is to involve a forensic anthropologist, according to Daily Mail.
The family’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, confirmed that the remains are en route to the expert where hopefully, they will be able to determine how and when Laundrie died. Police found part of the fugitive’s body in the Carlton Reserve in Florida on Wednesday. The partial remains included enough of a skull to determine through dental records that it was, indeed, Brian Laundrie.
According to Florida authorities, the area where they found Brian Laundrie’s remains and personal belongings was previously underwater. Until very recently, they could not access that part of the nature reserve. Because of this, the soft tissue on the body deteriorated, making it difficult to determine a certain cause of death.
“Forensic anthropologists are called upon when the environment has ravaged or removed the soft tissue,” Dr. Heather Walsh-Haney told WPBF News, “soft tissue markers that the forensic pathologist would use.”
Police required the help of a forensic anthropologist for Gabby Petito’s body, as well. Authorities found her remains in Grand Teton National Park several weeks after her mother reported her missing. Police released details of her autopsy on October 12, revealing strangulation to be the official cause of death.
“Four weeks is a long time for human remains to be out in the wilderness,” Walsh-Haney explained.
Along with Brian Laundrie’s partial human remains, police also found two bags belonging to the fugitive as well as a notebook. Authorities have not revealed what the notebook contains if anything.
Brian Laundrie Family Lawyer Addresses Public Speculations of Body Recovery
Meanwhile, Bertolino has spoken out regarding the speculations that have flooded social media. Because Brian Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta, were present during the final search, some have raised questions about the recovery of the body.
“I am a little bit angry that people are even speculating this way,” Bertolino told NBC. “Primarily because it’s not just the Laundries – it’s local police department, it’s the FBI, it was an independent news person who happened to be there filming.”
Bertolino expressed his frustration with case followers’ refusal of the evidence, calling out “John Q public” for their “nonsensical theories” regarding Brian Laundrie’s parents’ involvement.
“People with first-hand knowledge of the conditions of the park have said that this was under two to three feet of water and yet still John Q public can’t get it in their head that this area was inaccessible, and the items that were located yesterday perhaps couldn’t be seen,” Bertolino said.
“I mean, enough is enough,” he added. “When does it stop?”