Water bottle seen in video posted by Petito found near Laundrie’s body

The discovery of Brian Laundrie’s body, which was found close to where some of his personal items were discovered, continues to raise questions for many who wonder what his parents’ involvement was in the sudden discovery after over a month of searching for him.

According to a Fox News exclusive which involved following Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, as they made their way through the reserve area where their son’s body was discovered, a significant item that seems to have belonged to Gabby Petito was found near Brian’s body — a discovery made by a group of private citizens who are closely following the case.

The discovery, specifically, was a distinct water bottle with labeling from a Seattle REI Co-op. The same exact water bottle can be seen in one of Petito’s video travel blogs, inside of her van.

Who found it?

The water bottle discovery was reportedly first posted by TikTok user @chroniclesofolivia, who had reportedly returned to the area in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park where Brian Laundrie’s parents discovered a bag that belonged to their son.

Included in the groups’ discovery next to the water bottle were bone fragments, which they say authorities were much more interested in investigating than the water bottle. At first glance, that would make sense, but given that the water bottle can clearly be seen in Petito’s van, the group of private citizens thought it was bizarre that authorities left the water bottle behind.

“I feel it was very negligent, it was irresponsible,” Olivia, the TikTok user, told Fox News. “They were more interested in the bones – but they knew they were animal bones.”

News of the discovery of the water bottle quickly caught the attention of Petito’s parents and their attorney, Richard Stafford. “We have a picture that’s from before she left for her trip. It looks like that bottle. I don’t know why it would be left there,” Stafford said.

The mystery remains

While the case is all but closed from a forensic standpoint, the revelations emerging after the case continue to confuse those who followed the case from the beginning.

The common question by many on social media revolves around the circumstances in which Laundrie’s parents show up to the park, and within mere hours, remains of their son were discovered alongside several items belonging to him — which came after over a month of one of the most intensive manhunts in history.

It remains a strong possibility that we’ll never know the full story behind the twists and turns of the Petito case, but it’s a safe bet to assume that the case will be scrutinized for years to come.

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