Brian Laundrie: Latest news on search for missing man
The FBI confirmed that partial human remains were found inside the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Wednesday near where a backpack and notebook believed to have been Brian Laundrie’s were found earlier in the day.
Steven Bertolino, the attorney representing Brian Laundrie’s parents, said there is a “strong probability” that the remains belong to the 23-year-old fugitive. He said in an interview with CNN: “The probability is strong that it is Brian’s remains, but we’re going to wait for the forensic results to come in and verify that.”
The medical examiner said that identification of the partial human remains could be complete in a couple of days but may also take longer.
Shortly after an FBI press conference announcing the findings, protesters began chanting “Justice for Gabby.”
A large tent has been erected at the park where the clothes and notebook were found. The breakthrough came shortly after Mr Laundrie’s parents joined law enforcement to search the park on Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile on Wednesday afternoon, Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis called Gabby Petito’s father to express his condolences.
Onlookers arrive outside Laundrie’s parents home
A number of onlookers appeared outside Brian Laundrie’s parents home in North Port, Florida, following reports that possible human remains, a backpack and a notebook were found at the Myakkahatchee Creek environmental park.
The remains have yet to be identified, although the FBI released a statement saying: “Investigators found what appeared to be human remains, along with personal items … belonging to Brian Laundrie.”
The news comes just days after Mr Laundrie’s father appeared from his house to tear down a protest sign which, according to Fox News, read “What if it was Cassie?”
Florida governor expresses condolences to Petito’s father
The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, spoke to Gabby Petito’s father, Joe Petito, on Wednesday to offer his condolences over the loss of his daughter.
Mr DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, told Fox News: “He’s a dad as well – the governor.” She added: “He has kids. He just empathises and he wanted to reach out and express his support.
The news comes one month after the Florida governor tweeted calling for “justice for Gabby Petito” and pledging the help of “all state agencies under [his] purview” to continue the search.
Laundrie family attorney says he told them to remain silent
The attorney for the Laundrie family, Steven Bertolino, has revealed that he instructed Brian Laundrie’s parents to remain silent and told them initially not to talk to authorities.
Mr Cuomo aired his suspicions to Mr Bertolino saying: “You don’t have to be a lawyer to be suspicious when someone won’t cooperate with looking for someone they supposedly care about.
“What is the good reason that they wouldn’t want to speak to authorities or to their fiance, their son’s fiance’s family?” he added.
Mr Bertolino responded: “I can tell you the reason, I told them not to…”
He went on to explain: “Everybody has the right to remain silent, and that’s what I told my clients, and that’s what they did.”
Before adding: “This is the advice I gave them, this is the advice they’re taking, that’s on me.”
‘Justice for Gabby’: Protesters chant as FBI reveal human remains found next to Brian Laundrie’s backpack and notebook
Protesters repeatedly chanted “Justice for Gabby” as the FBI revealed it would take some time to confirm whether human remains found in a Florida nature reserve belong to Brian Laundrie.
The FBI special agent in charge of the bureau’s Tampa office, Michael McPherson, said the remains found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Wednesday were located next to a backpack and notebook belonging to Mr Laundrie.
“The team will be on the scene for several days,” Mr McPherson said, adding that law enforcement were working “diligently” to confirm the identity of the remains.
Bevan Hurley reports:
FBI agent calls Brian Laundrie a ‘person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito’
Dog the Bounty Hunter: Laundrie search ‘seems to be over’
Duane Chapman, aka Dog the Bounty Hunter, has called off his search for Brian Laundrie after the FBI announced on Wednesday that they found partial human remains and personal items believed to belong to Mr Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve.
Mr Chapman, who had launched his own hunt for the fugitive in September, told the Sun: “We are praying for Gabby’s family as yet another day ends with seemingly more questions than answers though it does seem the search for Brian is indeed over.”
He added: “There will be time to ask questions such as what was the extent of the Laundries’ involvement in aiding Brian. But now we wait.”
The attorney representing Mr Laundrie’s parents, Steven Bertolino, has said that there is a “strong probability” that the remains belong to Brian.
Florida governor calls Gabby’s Petito’s father to express condolences
Weeks after Gabby Petito’s remains were found in Wyoming, Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor, spoke with her father Joseph Petito on Wednesday afternoon to express his condolences.
Mr DeSantis’s press secretary, Christina Pushaw, told Fox News: “He’s a dad as well – the governor. He has kids. He wanted to reach out and express his support.”
On Wednesday, the FBI found partial human remains and a few personal items believed to belong to the 23-year-old Brian Laundrie. Steven Bertolino, the attorney representing Mr Laundrie’s parents, also said that there was a “strong probability” that the remains found in the Carlton Reserve could be that of the fugitive.
Last month, the governor had tweeted that “I have directed all state agencies under my purview to continue to assist federal & local law enforcement as they continue to search – we need justice for Gabby Petito.”
‘Strong probability’ remains belong to Brian Laundrie, lawyer suggests
Steven Bertolino, the attorney representing Brian Laundrie’s parents, has said there is a “strong probability” that human remains found on Wednesday belong to the 23-year-old fugitive.
Brian’s father Chris Laundrie is believed to have been the first to discover a “dry bag” belonging to his son in the Carlton Reserve in North Port, Florida.
Brian’s parents had joined the search earlier in the day, and the FBI said later at a press conference that they had found partial human remains and a number of personal items belonging to Mr Laundrie.
In an interview with CNN, Mr Bertolino said: “The probability is strong that it is Brian’s remains, but we’re going to wait for the forensic results to come in and verify that.”
Partial human remains ‘appear to have been there for a while’
A source close to the Gabby Petito investigation has revealed that the human remains found by the FBI on Wednesday inside Carlton Reserve “appear to have been there a while.”
Quoting the unidentified source, CNN reported that “based on the condition of the remains, it may take some time to officially identify. It is going to be a very thorough process with the medical examiner.”
The partial human remains were found, according to Josh Taylor, the North Port police spokesperson, about “two to three miles inside the Carlton Reserve, or about a 45-minute walk from the entrance at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.”
Meanwhile, investigators are now calling the death of Gabby Petito “murder” following the discovery of human remains believed to belong to Brian Laundrie.
Identification of partial human remains could take time
After the FBI discovered human remains and personal items in the search for Brian Laundrie, the medical examiner involved has cautioned that formal identification of the remains might take some time.
Michael McPherson, chief of the Tampa FBI office, said at a news conference that it will take time to identify the remains, which forensic teams were still examining.
The medical examiner said: “With luck it could be a day or two, but it could also be longer.”
Mr McPherson said that the team is “working diligently to get those answers for you.” He also pointed out that the FBI could yet be on site for several days.
Earlier today, the FBI found what appears to be human remains along with personal items including a backpack and a notebook that appeared to belong to Mr Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve.
Portions of Myakkahatchee Creek Park and Carlton Reserve remain closed to public
The FBI has said that “portions of the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and Carlton Reserve will remain closed to the public until further notice.”
A part of the Carlton Reserve was thrown open to the public a day before but after the FBI announced that they found partial human remains, it was closed again to the public.
FBI said: “This is an active and ongoing investigation. We ask the public to maintain distance.”
Meanwhile, at a press conference announcing the discovery at a campsite in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, FBI special agent in charge of the bureau’s Tampa office, Michael McPherson, said it would take some time to confirm whether the remains belong to Mr Laundrie.