FBI says suspected human remains found near items belonging to Brian Laundrie

Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 12:09 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2021 at 4:45 PM EDT
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NORTH PORT, Fla. (WWSB) - The FBI confirms that what they believe to be human remains were found in Myakkahatchee Park near items that belonged to Brian Laundrie.

The area where the alleged remains and items, a backpack and a notebook, were found had previously been underwater, officials said. The FBI says the items were confirmed to be Laundrie’s.

The FBI said they would release more information but the investigation is still in its early stages.

The parents of Brian Laundrie returned to Myakkahatchee Park Wednesday morning and found some items belonging to him, the family’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, said.

An FBI evidence response team continues to process the scene. The park, alongside Carlton Reserve, had been closed as federal agents continued their search for Brian, the only person of interest in the disappearance and death of Gabrielle Petito. A federal warrant had been issued for his arrest for bank fraud.

”The FBI and NPPD were informed last night of Brian’s parents’ intention and they met Chris and Roberta there this morning. After a brief search off a trail that Brian frequented some articles belonging to Brian were found. As of now law enforcement is conducting a more thorough investigation of the area,” Bertolino tells ABC7.

Myakkhatchee Park will remain closed as the investigation continues.

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