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On Wednesday (October 20), the FBI revealed that they had found human remains during their search for Brian Laundrie in Florida’s Carlton Reserve.
Michael McPherson of FBI Tampa also said in the press conference that along with the human remains, which they do not know who they belong to, personal belongings of Laundrie’s were found, “such as a backpack and notebook.” The area where the remains and the belongings were found had previously been underwater.
According to NewsNation correspondent Brian Entin, the reserve was closed early Wednesday (Oct. 20) due to “Items of interest [being] located…in connection with the search for Brian Laundrie.”
The day before, Laundrie’s parents Chris and Roberta Laundrie went to help in the search for their son, according to their attorney.
Authorities have been searching for Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the murder of his fiancé, 22-year-old Gabby Petitio. Petitio was reported missing on September 11, a full ten days after Brian Laundrie returned home early from their cross-country trip…without her. On September 17, Laundrie’s parents reported him missing, when they allegedly hadn’t heard from him since Tuesday, September 14 when he went for a hike and never returned.
Two days later, on September 19, a body was found in Wyoming that was believed to be Gabby Petitio’s and later, autopsy results confirmed it was her. The cause of death was strangulation and the search for Laundrie and chatter online about the case intensified.
Friends hope the human remains are not Laundrie’s so they can still get answers to their questions. While many people online think it is quite convenient that the day after Laundrie’s parents finally cooperate in the search, his belongings are found.