As the public continues a great investment in the tragic death of Gabby Petito, rumors and conspiracy theories run rampant. One in particular is causing a massive headache for North Port Police, the precinct of Brian Laundrie’s former residence.
Recently, FOX NEWS ran a headline that read “No DNA Match or Cause of Death for Brian Laundrie after Skull Found” during a live broadcast with Nancy Grace. The headline, in addition to Grace’s own statements, have led some to believe that the remains identified by officials as Brian Laundrie are fraudulent and/or a conspiracy. The District 12 Medical Examiner delivered a statement below to clarify some confusion.
“We have received a number of inquiries Tuesday about a false report of DNA not matching Brian Laundrie,” reports the North Port Police precinct on their official Twitter Tuesday. “Below is the Medical Examiner’s statement on the matter,” they continue, including an image of the examiner’s clarification:
“From the District 12 Medical Examiner:
The identity of the remains found at the Carlton Reserve on October 20th was confirmed by comparison to known dental records of Brian Laundrie. No DNA analysis has yet been performed on the remains. Samples will be submitted for DNA testing once examination of the remains by the medical examiner’s office is complete.”
As the statement clarifies, the medical examiner’s office must first complete examination of the remains. Only then can DNA testing take place. This is a slow, methodical, scientific process with no immediate results.
Brian Laundrie’s Remains Yet to Receive DNA Testing
Below, one Twitter user includes a screengrab of Nancy Grace and the FOX headline for clarification.
“No DNA Match or Cause of Death for Brian Laundrie after Skull Found” is prominent across the screen:
You can thank Nancy Grace on Fox News for that. pic.twitter.com/EOyYwpD1YQ— Camille Eppstein (@imsdac) October 26, 2021
As for the delay, examiner’s also have a difficult task ahead of them. Jennifer Shen, forensics expert and former director of the San Diego Police Crime Lab, says Brian Laundrie’s remains could be at an “advanced stage of decomposition,” for starters.
“Anytime a body has [seen exposure] to the elements, particularly ones as devastating as those found in swampy water… Physical clues leading to cause of death, information about injuries, and sometimes the ability to identify a body can be very difficult to find,” Shen told The U.S. Sun recently.
Moreover, only “severe trauma to the skeletal structure of the body” would be enough to cement Brian Laundrie’s cause of death. Otherwise, his demise “will be very difficult to determine,” Shen adds.
“Hanging, overdose, positional asphyxiation, all will be difficult, if not impossible to determine as the mechanism of death,” she clarifies. More on that here.