According to Laundrie attorney Steven Bertolino, there have been two separate bags discovered Wednesday in the search for Brian Laundrie.
Courtesy of 10 Tampa Bay reporter Shannon Clowe, Brian Laundrie‘s attorney “says Brian’s dad found a separate bag with Brian’s belongings in the park… Telling me the backpack the #FBI mentioned was found by a law enforcement officer,” Clowe continues of Bertolino.
To clarify: “Steven Bertolino confirms the bags are separate… Meaning there were *two* bags found in the search today,” Clowe cites.
These backpacks would then kick off a wave of discovery. Shortly after finding these and other items belonging to Brian Laundrie, Florida FBI investigators would locate human remains in a previously-flooded area.
“FBI: investigators found human remains — and a backpack and other items belonging to Brian Laundrie. FBI did not confirm the remains are Laundrie,” reports Florida journalist Brian Entin mid-Wednesday.
Specifically, the findings come in the Carlton Reserve area. This is the exact place where the Laundrie family would originally lead authorities to find Brian. He would then disappear for weeks.
As of Oct. 20, 2021, it has been 37 days since the fugitive was reportedly seen alive by his parents. As a result of these latest findings, FBI and Florida officials will be present in the reserve for some time to come.
So what comes next in the search for the only person of interest in Gabby Petito’s murder?
Search for Brian Laundrie: What Comes Next?
According to one local private investigator, “It’s basically over.”
So says Florida-based P.I. Bill Warner. “Most likely he is dead in the reserve.”
Warner believes that Brian Laundrie “possibly killed himself,” adding it is “not likely he just sat there and waited to die.”
In addition, the P.I. adds the findings above “vindicate” both Brian Laundrie’s parents and sister. “They did not know where he was, had no contact with him… It was all Brian’s plan that he kept to himself,” Warner states.
These statements are, however, pure conjecture. As for the facts, the partial remains found in the North Port, Florida reserve were located in an area that has been underwater until very recently, states FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael McPherson.
As a result, the FBI Tampa’s Evidence Response Team is currently using “all available forensic resources” to process the area for further remains, CNN cites.
This is of paramount importance, officials say. “Partial human remains” dictates an unidentifiable gathering or remains. This, or pieces, parts, or severely decomposed remains of a human body are present. This means an immediate identification of the remains as Brian Laundrie is impossible. It may take some time before the family of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, and the public at large, see a definitive answer.