The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed Thursday that human remains found in Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are those of Brian Laundrie, who was Gabby Petito’s boyfriend and suspected murderer.
The information was confirmed after authorities conducted a dental records comparison. Brian Laundrie was a person of interest to authorities following the disappearance and subsequent murder of his fiancée, Gabby Petito.
“On October 21, 2021, a comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found at the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve and Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are those of Brian Laundrie,” says a tweet from the FBI’s Denver office.
This Wednesday, a high-ranking law enforcement source had reported that possible human remains were found in Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. The situation arose on the same day that Chris and Roberta Laundrie, the parents of Brian Laundrie, who was Gabby Petito’s boyfriend, were inside the park, and “some items belonging to Brian were found.”
Steven Bertolino, who represents the Laundrie family, confirmed to Fox News yesterday that the family informed law enforcement Tuesday night of their intentions to search the park and detailed that they met with officers there. Bertolino confirmed that while searching areas that Brian frequented, “some items belonging to Brian were found.”
When asked Thursday how Brian’s family received the news that his remains had been found, Bertolino said they are devastated after learning the information provided by authorities.
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the remains found yesterday in the preserve are in fact Brian’s. We have no further comment at this time and ask that you respect Laundrie’s privacy at this time,” Bertolino told CNN.
The case of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie
Since September 11, police have been investigating the disappearance of a young woman named Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, 22, who lived with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie in North Port, Florida.
Brian and Gabby had embarked on an adventure as a couple. On July 2, they set out from New York with the intention of traveling across the United States camping and touring the national parks. Their plan was to document and share their experience on social media.
Several days into the trip, Brian Laundrie returned home alone to Florida on September 1. When Gabby’s family reported her missing to authorities 10 days later, Laundrie also disappeared.
Two days after the fact, authorities found a lifeless body in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, and the body was found to match Petito’s description. The preliminary forensic conclusion, although there are no details, is that it is a homicide.