Shortly after finding items belonging to Brian Laundrie, Florida FBI investigators would locate human remains in a flooded area. Here’s what comes next in the search for the only person of interest in Gabby Petito’s murder.
“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 on Twitter mid-Wednesday. The FBI’s findings come in the Carlton Reserve, where the Laundrie family would originally tell authorities that Brian was headed to. He would then disappear for weeks.
In fact, it has now been 37 days since the fugitive was last seen alive by his Florida parents. Now, Entin (who has proven a top, reliable source in the ongoing search for Brian Laundrie) reports that FBI agents will be present in Carlton Reserve “for days.”
With the FBI’s announcement of human remains in the reserve, several processes now come into play.
What Comes Next in the Search for Brian Laundrie
The partial remains found in the North Port, Florida reserve were found 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 paramount, as “partial human remains” dictates unidentifiable pieces/parts/or severely decomposed remains of a human body. In other words: immediate identification of the remains as Brian Laundrie is not possible.
McPherson confirms Brian Entin’s statement above, reiterating that agents will be on-site now for “several days.”
As for why Brian Laundrie’s remains would be in “partial” condition, this falls down to the landscape. A local rancher who lives and breathes the swampy territories of Carlton Reserve, Alan McEwen, recently told Fox News that “There’s no surviving out here, I don’t know how else to say it.”
With over 3 decades of experience in the salty marshes, McEwen is an expert on the lands. The rancher has been aiding authorities in the case. And he believes there is absolutely no surviving in Carlton for an amateur like Brian Laundrie.
“I have learned a lot in my life, and one thing I know is no one is gonna survive out there for [weeks] on foot,” McEwen continues. “Unless he’s got a hide like a gator, mosquitoes will carry him right off.”
Alligators, too, are prevalent in the reserve. If Laundrie did die in the park, everything from these gators to invasive pythons and the buzzards above would’ve made use of his remains.
Medical Examiner and Cadaver Dog Now Present at Carlton Reserve
In addition, the Sarasota County Medical Examiner and a cadaver dog are now present at the reserve. Fierce FBI activity now swirls around the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park area via drone footage, as well.
The FBI is to give a public press conference on the evening of Oct. 20 to announce their findings so far.