Locals living near the Florida reserve said Brian Laundry’s remains were found, saying it was full of alligators and “wicked” wild boars, which left no meat for investigators to identify.
Several locals have told media outlets that the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve is full of hungry wetland creatures who could eat any meat found there.
“I walk there all the time and there won’t be much remains,” said John Widman, who lives about a mile from the reserve. New York Post.
“There are crocodiles, but the worst thing is wild boars,” said Mr. Widman. “They are wicked animals and will eat anything. No meat in the open will go to waste.
“There won’t be much for the coroner to work on,” he said. “Nature doesn’t waste anything.”
Another local also expressed concern for the evidence being harassed by hikers who frequent the reserve when it reopened.
“There were many locals here yesterday because it was the first day since the first discovery that the park was opened,” said Jane Kornberger. “What if those people had innocently disturbed evidence? How did the police lose evidence during the first search?”
Police also described the conditions in the park as “treacherous”.
“When I went back there today, I saw for the first time the treacherous conditions they were working in,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno told reporters on Thursday. “Rattlesnakes, moccasins, crocodiles,” he said.
Police had previously confirmed that the human remains found in the reserve were “skeletons”. Law enforcement agencies said the remains and several other items they found were submerged and were discovered only after the water receded.
Items, including a backpack and a notebook, were discovered near a bridge connecting Carlton Reserve to Mykahatchi Creek Environmental Park.
Law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), have been searching Laundry for more than a month as a man interested in the death of his fiancée, Gabby Pettito.
The FBI confirmed on Thursday that the remains found were from laundry. However, it is unclear whether the items revealed any further information to help investigators in Petito’s case.
Laundry reportedly went hiking on Florida reserve days after returning from a trip without Pettito. Then he himself disappeared, due to which law enforcement agencies started looking for him.
Laundry was the only person interested in the matter. His parents’ lawyer had said that they had asked the authorities to look for him in the reserve.
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