Attorney: Laundrie family leaves North Port to grieve loss of son; experts weigh-in on remains.

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Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 11:47 AM EDT
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NORTH PORT, Fla. (WWSB) - Steven Bertolino, the attorney for the Laundrie family, confirms that the family is no longer in North Port.

“The family is grieving privately somewhere in Florida,’ Bertolino tells ABC7.

He also confirmed that Brian Laundrie’s cause of death has not yet been determined and that his remains have been sent to a forensic anthropologist.

After speaking with professionals such as Executive Director of NFSTC at Florida International University he said the anthropologist will look bones to see if they can determine a cause of death.

“The forensic anthropologist is going to look at the body and assemble the remains and try to get to a full skeleton and they’ll be looking for defects in the skeleton,” said Lothridge.

Lothridge also gave examples of what the anthropologist might be looking for.

“If a rib bone had a cut on it might indicate that a person may have been stabbed, if the hyoid bone is still there and it is broken you can a person was strangled or hung themselves potentially,” said Lothridge.

Laundrie was the sole person of interest in the death of his fiancée, Gabrielle Petito. Petito went missing following a cross country road trip. Brian returned to North Port with her van and then his parents told the FBI that he had gone hiking in Carlton Reserve.

His remains were found Thursday in an area that had previously been underwater. Also discovered were a backpack and notebook.

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