Gabby Petito Case: How Did the FBI Confirm Remains Found Are Those of Brian Laundrie?

by Matthew Memrick
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The FBI informed Brian Laundrie’s parents that the remains found in Florida belonged to their son through dental remains on Thursday.

Soon after, the agency identified the body of former Gabby Petito boyfriend Laundrie early Thursday night.

The U.K. Sun reported that detectives informed the Laundries on Thursday evening. 

Laundrie attorney Steven Bertolino also made an announcement.

“We have no further comment at this time, and we ask that you respect the Laundrie’s privacy at this time,” Bertolino said.

The FBI also confirmed that identification in a statement.

Remains Of Laundrie ID’d Wednesday

Laundrie’s parents told authorities the 23-year-old man went to the Carlton Reserve for a Sep. 13 hike. Later, a note on Brian Laundrie’s car prompted a Sept. 18 search at the massive park. Reportedly, the message asked to have the vehicle returned to the man’s parents.

FBI officials searched the park at times for a month. The massive park is almost 25,000 acres in southern Florida outside of Venice. 

“As you’re aware, the FBI and the North Port Police Department and our state and local law enforcement partners have been searching the area of the Carlton Reserve for Brian Laundrie.” FBI Tampa Division Special Agent in Charge Michael McPherson told reporters.

On Oct. 20, authorities found human remains at the park. On Thursday, officials said the body was that of Laundrie.

Brian Laundrie Case Stirs Nation

Officials had sought Brian Laundrie for questions related to the disappearance and death of Gabby Petito.

The 22-year-old woman took a cross-country trip with Laundrie starting on July 4. The couple stopped at several national parks. In one incident in Moab, Utah, police caught the couple on body cameras after a report of a domestic situation. Police later released the couple.

Searchers found her body on Sept. 19. Subsequently, a Wyoming coroner said she was the victim of a homicide by strangulation.

Attorney to CNN: Laundrie Likely Found Wednesday

On Wednesday, Bertolino told CNN host Chris Cuomo that remains found at the Carlton Reserve.

“The probability is strong that it is Brian’s remains, but we’re going to wait for the forensic results to come in and verify that,’” said Bertolino said.

With the remains, officials found Laundrie’s backpack and notebook five weeks after the man disappeared. Bertolino said Laundrie’s father found the plastic bag in the sightline of a reporter.

The attorney said the man wanted law enforcement to see the bag, reportedly 20 feet off a park trail.

The Sun reported that Laundrie’s parents were emotional at the park after the FBI confirmed found items linking their son to a dead body.

For the first time, FBI officials also spoke of Gabby Petito’s death as a “murder” in the Laundrie announcement Thursday. 

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