Human remains found in US confirmed to belong to Brian Laundrie
Brian Laundrie has been missing since mid-September
The FBI has now confirmed that the human remains discovered in a Florida swamp belong to Gabby Petito's 'missing' fiancé Brian Laundrie.
Confirming the news on Thursday (October 21), the FBI's Denver office said the dental comparison of the remains matched those of Laundrie's records. Laundrie has been missing since mid-September and had last been sighted at his family home in North Port, Florida.
Laundrie's parents have been informed of the discovery and North Port Police officers were sighted at their house on Thursday afternoon, presumably to tell them the news.
The FBI's statement reads: "On October 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."
Speaking to NBC News Now, Steve Bertolino, the Laundrie family lawyer said: "Chris had called me to let me know that police had come to his house this evening to inform them that the remains were positively identified.
"Every parent out there knows that getting the news that your child is no longer with you is sad in any circumstances.
"The fact that the Laundries have been subjected to these people outside the front of their house for the last four weeks, and they continue out there today, is just making it more difficult."
It is still unclear how long the bones had been in the area, having originally been discovered by parents Chris and Roberta Laundrie on their first day of searching.
#UPDATE: 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. @FBITampa pic.twitter.com/ZnzbXiibTM
— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) October 21, 2021
"I don't want to speculate," the family's lawyer said.
"I try not to do that. I would hope people would stop doing that as well, especially with respect to this case.
"And in respect to the cause or how Brian came to be dead I don't know."
Bertolino has also rebuked the idea that Laundrie's family had something to do with his disappearance.
The family are yet to make an official statement and the FBI is still continuing its investigation.
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