A notebook found near Brian Laundrie’s remains could answer some key questions, experts say

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Laundry was not charged with Petito’s death, although the FBI on Wednesday described him as a “person of interest” in his murder.

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Experts told Granthshala that supposedly the notebook may provide some insight into a laundry story that has caught the public’s attention.

Jim Clemente, a former FBI profiler, said Thursday, “If that notebook, for example, information that could have been entered, it could offer flaws or rationalization, all that information could help determine.”


A source with knowledge of the investigation told Granthshala that during their search on Wednesday the notebook was apparently wet when it was found outside a dry bag. But it “possibly can be salvaged,” said the source.

“They are going to use whatever means possible to dry it before opening it,” the source said. “They’ll be very careful with that.”

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Mark O’Mara, a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, told Granthshala that the FBI will have “some luck” retaining some of the notebooks because of the advancement of forensic technology.

“So I think a lot of great detail is going to come out of it. Because even though there is bleeding between the ink and the pages, they did a great job with very old objects,” O’Mara explained.

Laundry’s family doesn’t know what’s in the notebook, family attorney Steven Bertolino told ABC’s “Good Morning America” ​​on Friday. Laundry’s father picked up the bag and immediately handed it over to law enforcement, he said, adding that he did not know whether the notebook was in the bag or what law enforcement found in the bag.

Authorities have been searching for the 23-year-old Laundry for more than a month. She left her parents’ home a week after Petito’s parents raised the alarm about her disappearance. They were traveling across America during the summer.

Asked if Laundry told his parents anything about Petito before he disappeared, Bertolino said “there’s nothing I can comment on right now.”

Cause of death can be difficult to determine

But determining Laundry’s cause of death can be challenging because officers only recovered his skeletal remains and identified him through dental records, the FBI said.

Clemente, a former FBI profiler, told Granthshala that while it’s likely that Laundry may have been dead for months, officers have been looking for him.

Here's what we know about Brian Laundry's disappearance

“It would be very difficult to make a good, solid determination as to the cause and manner of death unless there was some sort of major, severe trauma to the skull,” Clemente explained.

“There can be no way to determine how he died. If he drowned, for example, there would be no evidence of it on his skeleton.”

Shortly before the FBI’s identification of the remains was made public, two local detectives visited the North Port home of Laundry’s parents.

“Chris and Roberta Laundry have been informed that the remains found yesterday in the reserve are indeed Brian’s,” Bertolino said Thursday. “We have no further comment at this time, and we want you to respect the privacy of the laundry at this time.”

The parents joined the search on Wednesday morning and found a bag of their son in the park, which his family’s lawyer described as an “incident”.

“They knew her favorite places. They had told law enforcement from the beginning that areas of Brian Park were most likely to be found,” Bertolino told “Good Morning America.”

He said the area was flooded when he first saw it.

Asked whether his parents thought he had committed suicide, Bertolino said they had discussed the possibility with them “several times”.

“We just don’t know,” he said. “Of course, knowing his mental state when he walked out the door, it was always a concern.”

“Brian was extremely upset,” Bertolino asked when asked why his parents thought he was sad.

“They wish they could have stopped him, they wished they could, you know, stop him from going out, but he intended to leave,” Bertolino said.

Search has been “treacherous”

The laundry search lasted more than a month after his parents told police they believed he went to the reserve.
Florida Nature Reserve's marshy landscape made Brian Laundry's discovery treacherous

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said law enforcement was conducting the search in “treacherous circumstances,” which included nearly chest-high water filled with snakes and alligators.

“These are very, very difficult situations. You’re searching in areas you can’t walk and see. It’s not like you’re looking for a house or a car,” he said. “These areas are very large and they are covered with water.”

North Port police spokesman Josh Taylor said the laundry’s remains were found “about 2 to 3 miles inside the Carlton Reserve, or about a 45-minute walk” from the entrance to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.

Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park is on 160 acres of heavily wooded land in North Port, with trails and a camping area. The park connects to the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre nature reserve that has been the primary exploration location for investigators.

Explorers previously used swamp buggies, divers and airboats to explore the marshy areas, but recently the area has dried up due to clear weather.

Granthshala’s Steve Almasy, Rebekah Rees, Taylor Romaine, Devon M. Sayers, Gregory Lemos, Nick Valencia and Theresa Waldrop contributed.


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