Brian Laundrie, the sole person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito, was found deceased last week by authorities.
Reports indicate that Laundrie’s remains were found last week at a park in Florida near where his parents live. A Fox News report detailed how his parents led authorities to the area near where his remains and other items were discovered.
The discovery of Laundrie’s remains took place on Wednesday at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. After spending a month searching for Laundrie, to no avail, the authorities found Laundrie’s remains after his parents led them to a particular area in the Florida park.
As NBC News reported, Steve Bertolino, the Laundries’ attorney, explained: “My understanding was it either open to the public on Tuesday or Wednesday, and Chris and Roberta decided that since it was open…they wanted to go and look for Brian by themselves. After speaking with me, I told him that I wanted to notify law enforcement so that we would have no issue.”
Initially, it was not confirmed that the remains belonged to Laundrie. The confirmation took place a day later after dental records were used to positively identify that the remains did, in fact, belong to Laundrie.
How did he die?
Authorities still do not have the answer to the question everyone is now asking. An autopsy of the remains was conducted, but it was inconclusive.
Now, according to Breitbart, Laundrie’s remains are being shipped to an anthropologist in order to determine how he died. Dr. Heather Walsh-Haney explained that “forensic anthropologists are called upon when the environment has ravaged or removed the soft tissue, Soft tissue markers that the forensic pathologist would use.”
What is known is that the particular spot where Laundrie’s remains were discovered had been underwater for some time. It was also reported that the spot would have been a habitat for alligators and wild pigs.
Along with Laundrie’s remains, authorities also found a backpack and a notebook. Authorities have not revealed the contents of those particular items.
Person of interest
Laundrie was wanted for credit card fraud, as he was suspected of using Petito’s card after she had died. He was also the sole person of interest in the homicide of his girlfriend. Petito’s remains were found at a campsite in Wyoming, and it was later determined that she died by strangulation.
Two incidents, in particular, and several details are what made Laundrie a person of interest in Petito’s homicide. During one of those incidents, Laundrie and Petito were stopped by police in Utah following reports of a man hitting a woman. The other incident took place at a diner in Wyoming, where Laundrie reportedly argued with the staff.
Laundrie returned home from their trip without Petito, but with her van. He went to his parent’s house in Florida, and not long thereafter he disappeared, leaving many to speculate about his parent’s involvement in his disappearance. A number of questions in the case remain unanswered.