According to FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael McPherson, investigators also found a backpack and a notebook belonging to the 23-year-old’s laundry near suspicious remains during a search of the Carlton Reserve in North Harbor. On Thursday morning, several K-9 units and off-road vehicles were seen entering the reserve to further search the area.
He said Wednesday night, “It’s quite sad, you can imagine, as a parent, finding your son’s belongings with some remains. It’s heartbreaking. And I can tell you his heart.” broken.”
Laundry, who himself had returned to his parents’ home in Florida, refused to speak to investigators and then went missing in a nearby nature reserve. He hasn’t been seen since September 13.
A medical examiner arrived at the reserve on Wednesday and formal identification of the remains may take some time. A source close to the investigation told Granthshala that the suspected human remains “appear to have been there for some time.”
“Depending on the condition of the remains, official identification may take some time. It is going to be a very intensive process with a medical examiner,” the source said.
Brian Laundry’s parents were at the scene when the remains were found
Bertolino said Laundry’s family declined to speak publicly following legal advice, but had instructed officials that Laundry could remain in the reserve.
The parents – Chris and Roberta Laundry – joined the search on Wednesday morning and found a bag belonging to their son in the park, which their lawyer described as an “incident.”
According to Bertolino, Laundry’s parents informed the FBI and the North Port Police Department on Tuesday night that they wanted to go to the park Wednesday morning to look for their son.
Bertolino said law enforcement met him there and joined him as he entered the park.
“As they proceeded, Chris went off the trail in the woods. He was zigzagging in different areas, law enforcement doing the same thing. And Roberta was walking down the laundry trail,” Bertolino said. “At some point, Chris discovers what’s called a dry bag. The dry bag is a white bag, found 20 feet or more away in the woods.”
Bertolino said the dry bag was in some shacks and he didn’t want to move it because he wanted his law enforcement to see it. However, Chris Laundry couldn’t find law enforcement and didn’t want to leave the bag with a news reporter standing nearby, so he picked it up, Bertolino explained.
“He soon met with law enforcement, looking at the contents of the bag. At that point, law enforcement officers showed him a picture on the phone of a backpack that law enforcement also located nearby and some distance from the trail.” It was,” Bertolino told Granthshala.
“At that time, the laundries were informed that the backpack also had remains, and asked to leave them protected.”
North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said the suspicious remains were found “about 2 to 3 miles inside Carlton Reserve, or about a 45-minute walk” from the entrance to Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
Asked why the parents chose to visit the park on Wednesday, Bertolino said it was the first day it was reopened to the public.
“The parents assumed that experts, the FBI, and all of the tracking teams they had would be able to locate Brian, based on the information we provided him for specific areas and trails in the park where Brian was found. Loved to go,” said Bertolino. “The park was closed to the public. There was really no other reason for the laundries to search elsewhere.”
Granthshala’s Eric Levenson, Steve Almasy, Rob Frehse, Madeline Holcombe, Rebekah Rees, Devon M. Sayers and Nick Valencia contributed.
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