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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. – The initial autopsy on Brian Laundrie’s remains failed to uncover the cause of his death and further examination will be carried out, a lawyer for the Laundrie family said on Monday.

Laundrie’s skeletal remains found in a Florida nature reserve were identified with certainty last week using dental records, according to the FBI. Laundrie was the subject of a manhunt for over a month as investigators searched for clues to the murder of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, on their van journey together.

Laundromat lawyer Steve Bertolino said in text messages Monday that police told him that the autopsy performed by the Sarasota County medical examiner had not yielded any concrete results on Brian Laundrie’s death.

“I was told the manner and cause of death was not determined and the remains were sent to an anthropologist (for) further evaluation,” Bertolino said.

The medical examiner’s office declined to comment on Monday, as did the FBI office in Denver which is leading the investigation.

Eventually, Laundrie’s remains will be cremated and no funeral is planned by his family, Bertolino said.

No information has yet been released on what investigators have found in a backpack and notebook found with Laundrie’s remains.

Petito, 22, was found dead last month on the edge of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, one of the places the young couple visited on the trip they documented through videos of the social networks.

An autopsy in Wyoming concluded that Petito had died by strangulation and that it was a homicide. Laundrie, 23, was on the list of “people of interest” in his murder, but he was only charged with fraudulent use of a debit card that was not his.

His remains were found in a nature reserve not far from his family’s home in North Port, Florida, where he and Petito lived. Both were originally from Long Island, New York.

Laundrie returned home alone on September 1 from his trip with Petito. His body was found on September 19 in the Wyoming park and authorities say he had been there for about a month.

Laundrie told his parents on September 13 that he was heading to Carlton Reserve Park in Sarasota County. This was the last known public contact with him.

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