Strong probability that suspected remains found in a Florida park are Brian Laundrie’s, family attorney says

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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.

The discovery occurred Wednesday morning when Laundry’s parents and law enforcement searched an area of ​​the reserve that was underwater but had recently reopened to the public. The family’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, told Granthshala’s Chris Cuomo that the remains and objects were found in the same area the parents had initially asked the FBI to look at.
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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’s exhaustive search lasted more than a month as officials tried to piece together what happened to him and Petito during their road trip through the western US this summer.
Petito, 22, disappeared on the trip amid tensions in their relationship, and her remains were later found in Wyoming, where the couple was last seen together. Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue ruled her death a homicide and said that she died of hand-throbbing.

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.

His death has not been charged, although he was charged with allegedly using two financial accounts that did not belong to him in the days following his murder.

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.

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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.”

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

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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