FBI Confirms Partial Human Remains Found in Search for Brian Laundrie, Notebook Also Found

Update. 4: 40 p.m. ET

Special Agent in Charge of FBI Tampa Bureau Michael McPherson confirmed in a media briefing on Wednesday that “apparent” partial human remains were found in the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, alongside a notebook and a backpack believed to belong to Brian Laundrie. The remains have not yet been identified, and the investigation remains active.

“We know you have a lot of questions but we don’t have all the answers yet,” McPherson said in a prepared statement, and declined to take any questions.

CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.


The FBI will give a statement about items reportedly discovered during the search for fugitive Brian Laundrie.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, an unnamed law enforcement official said on Wednesday that partial remains were found at the Carlton Reserve, where Laundrie’s parents told police he was headed on September 13, the last day they saw him. Earlier Wednesday, the Laundrie family attorney confirmed that articles belonging to Brian Laundrie were found at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, which is adjacent to the Carlton Resrve.

The FBI Tampa bureau announced the 4:30 p.m. media briefing on Twitter, and WFLA is hosting a live stream.

As previously reported, Laundrie’s parents are believed to have found the items belonging to their son, one day after the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park re-opened to the public. There has been no confirmation that the possible human remains found on Thursday are connected to the search for Laundrie.