Human remains found in Florida are those of Brian Laundrie, according to FBI

Human remains found in Florida are those of Brian Laundrie, according to FBI

Partial human remains discovered Wednesday in a wilderness area of ​​Florida were confirmed Thursday afternoon as those of Brian Laundrie, the fiancé of Gabby Petito, a young woman who went missing on a road trip with Laundrie, the FBI said.

Authorities also found items believed to belong to Laundrie after her parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, participated in the search with the FBI and police more than a month after Laundrie went missing after heading to the vast park of the Carlton reserve.

“On October 21, 2021, a comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found in the T Mabry Carlton Jr Memorial Preserve and Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are those of Brian Laundrie,” the FBI said. tweeted.

Petito’s body was found in a remote part of Wyoming in late September. FBI investigators in Florida had searched the Carlton Reservation, which is near the park, the agency’s Tampa division said.

The Sarasota County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on Wednesday that officials were summoned to the reserve after the objects were found.

Laundrie, 23, had been a person of interest in the murder of Petito, who was reported missing on September 11 by his parents as the couple traveled across the country in the west.

The case has generated enormous public interest, but also raised uncomfortable questions about the uneven attention given to the hundreds of cases of Native American women and other minorities reported missing or murdered across the United States. Petito was white.

Laundrie had been missing since September 14, two weeks after he returned home alone from his trip across the country. His parents said he left their home in North Port with a backpack, but left his wallet and cell phone behind.

Laundrie’s disappearance sparked days of searching through the marshy wilderness of the Carlton Preserve by dozens of FBI agents and law enforcement teams using drones, sniffer dogs and underwater equipment.

At the end of September, Laundrie was charged in his absence of unauthorized use of a debit card.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly using a Capital One Bank card and someone’s personal identification number to make unauthorized withdrawals or charges worth more than $ 1,000 while Petito was missing.


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