Brian Laundrie Latest: FBI Confirms Belongings, Human Remains Still Unclear

by Samantha Whidden
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Following the news that remains have been found at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port, Florida, the FBI has shared some information about whether or not the remains are linked to Gabby Petito’s missing boyfriend, Brian Laundrie.

According to News National Now correspondent Brian Entire, the FBI confirms investigators found human remains. The FBI also confirms that the backpack and other items belong to Brian Laundrie. “FBI did not confirm the remains are Laundrie. Says they will be here for days.”

FBI Tampa Division Special Agent in Charge, Michael McPherson, states that Brian Laundrie’s items and the remains were covered by water until recently. The items were also near a trail that Laundrie frequents at the North Port Park. 

CNN further reports the FBI Tampa’s Evidence Response Team is on the scene using all available forensic resources to process the area. McPherson also said that it’s likely the team will be on the scene for several days. McPherson goes on to add, “I know you have a lot of questions. But we don’t know all the answers yet.”

Federal Aviation Administration Issues Temporary Flight Restrictions Following Brian Laundrie’s Items Discovery; FBI Closes Off Carlton Reserve Again

Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) previously issued temporary flight restrictions over the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. This means that no aircraft or drones are able to access the 10-mile diameter area above the park. The Carlton Reserve is no longer open to the public. The FBI closed the park.

The Laundrie family’s attorney, Steven Bertolino confirms that the items belong to Brian Laundrie. However, Bertolino does not reveal any further information about the items. He adds that law enforcement, including the FBI, are now conducting a more “thorough investigation” of the area. 

Brian Laundrie’s parents also joined the search on Wednesday (October 20th). Bertolino shares in a new statement, “Chris and Roberta Laundrie were at the reserve earlier today when human remains and some of Brian’s possessions were located in an area where they had initially advised law enforcement that Brian may be. Chris and Roberta will wait for the forensic identification of the human remains before making any additional comments.”

The discovery of the remains and belongs comes just a little over a week after Teton County, Wyoming coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed that Gabby Petito’s cause of death is “manual strangulation/throttling.” Dr. Blue explained, “People can be strangled by other means. We have seen people on snowmobiles who run into a wire – that would be strangling by a mechanical event. But this was, we believe this was strangling by a human being.

The coroner determined the 22-year-old woman had been dead for three or four weeks before officials found her body.