After a weeks-long manhunt for fugitive Brian Laundrie in Florida’s Carlton Reserve, authorities have finally concluded the search. On Wednesday, law enforcement, alongside the fugitive’s parents, located a backpack and notebook belonging to Laundrie. They discovered his remains nearby not long after.
Now, suspicions grow about the rapidity with which Laundrie’s parents helped locate their son’s remains and belongings. As he works to combat those suspicions, their attorney has shared the fugitive’s father couldn’t stop him when he left.
According to TMZ, Laundrie was extremely upset when he left to supposedly hike in the Carlton Reserve. Additionally, according to the family’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, Laundrie’s father had tried to stop him but failed. He shared Laundrie expressed determination when he left.
Now, the instances leading up to Laundrie’s departure and disappearance remain unclear. But Americans are more interested in potential conversations that could take place between the Laundrie and Petito families. Still, as things have been throughout investigations, the attorney related that “certain conversations” must take place prior to the families’ interaction. The statement delays any potential revelations.
Further, despite the attorney’s claim surrounding these conversations, he did share he would like to speak with the Petito family attorney prior to any other developments.
The news outlet shared that, considering Bertolino’s claims, he worries about a wrongful death lawsuit. Additionally, other concerns point to whether or not Chris and Roberta Laundrie helped their son escape. For now, the authorities’ lens remains fixed on the 23-year-old’s parents.
Brian Laundrie’s Death Leads to a Lack of Crucial Answers
Brian Laundrie’s remains have now been found and confirmed. As such, authorities can now focus on other crucial questions and aspects of his and Gabby Petito’s disappearance. These namely include the events leading to the young woman’s death.
However, TMZ listed an additional handful of open-ended questions. They point to the actual cause of Laundrie’s death, and whether it was intentional or accidental. They also highlight popular interests such as whether Laundrie’s death was a result of suicide or came via a deadly reserve occupant.
As authorities now examine Laundrie’s remains and the belongings located in the Carlton Reserve, we hope to find answers regarding what happened to Gabby Petito during the time she was missing.
However, for now, information surrounding this particular aspect of the investigation remains scarce. Further, medical examiners have confirmed the human remains as Laundrie’s via dental records. These are highly conclusive, but the actual cause of death remains unknown.
Following the identification of the human remains, Steven Bertolino said in a statement, “Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the remains found yesterday in the reserve are indeed Brian’s.”
He told ABC News, “We have no further comment at this time and we ask that you respect the Laundries’ privacy at this time.”
As far as the Petitos’ reaction to Laundrie’s recovery, one of their lawyers, Rick Stafford, said, “Gabby’s family is not doing interviews or making a statement at this time.”