An attorney for the Laundrie family confirmed Wednesday that authorities located objects belonging to Brian Laundrie, WTVT reports.
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie were at the reserve earlier today when human remains and some of Brian’s possessions were located in an area where they had initially advised law enforcement that Brian may be. Chris and Roberta will wait for the forensic identification of the human remains before making any additional comments,” attorney Steven Bertolino said in a written statement, according to the television station.
Earlier in the day, reports began surfacing that remains had been found at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Sarasota County, Florida.
Another statement attributed to Bertolino says that Chris and Roberta Laundrie were at the site this morning. The materials were reportedly found near a trail that Brian Laundrie was known to visit.
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie went to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park this morning to search for Brian,” Bertolino told the television station. “The FBI and NPPD were informed last night of Brian’s parents’ intentions and they met Chris and Roberta there this morning.
“After a brief search off a trail that Brian frequented, some articles belonging to Brian were found. As of now, law enforcement is conducting a more thorough investigation of that area.”
The couple has claimed that their son went hiking in the nature area, which is connected to the vast Carlton Reserve, on September 13 and never returned.
Shortly before 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, Chris and Roberta Laundrie were spotted leaving their home and went to the park, where they met up with police, according to Fox News.
The couple and one of the officers appeared to be talking about a discovery made at the park. Video obtained exclusively by Fox News appears to show the Laundries and an officer huddling and talking. The officer then told the parents, “I think we might have found something,” according to the news outlet.
After searching through brush, it appeared that Chris Laundrie found a white bag and dark-colored object, which he provided to law enforcement. It appears that these objects are separate from a backpack and notebook reportedly found, according to WFLA-TV.
On Wednesday evening, News Nation Now correspondent Brian Entin tweeted a statement attributed to Bertolino, who reportedly confirmed that Chris and Roberta Laundrie and two officers were searching on either side of a trail running through the park.
Bertolino further said that Chris found a bag that appeared to contain items from Brian, and that police found a backpack on the other side of the trail near the remains.
The couple could be seen telephoning someone and also receiving a call while on their way out of the park. A law enforcement officer later met up with them and patted Chris Laundrie on the shoulder, according to Fox.
Chris and Roberta left the park around 8:45 a.m. and returned home soon after, where they appeared to exhibit emotion upon encountering protesters.
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