Florida police paid a brief visit to the Laundrie household on Thursday, a day after human remains were discovered amid the ongoing search for Brian Laundrie.
NewsNation Now reporter Brian Entin first broke the news. He tweeted that two police detectives visited the Laundries’ North Port home. The reporter said the detectives were in the home for two minutes and left.
In an update, Entin tweeted that Laundie’s parents have learned that the human remains found at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Wednesday are Brian’s.
The FBI and North Port Police Department subsequently confirmed the information.
Earlier, Entin tweeted that the medical examiner said he does not expect to have an identification of the remains on Thursday, which apparently contradicts his latest series of tweets.
The partial human remains, which have been described as skeletal, were found near Brian’s notebook and backpack at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, which neighbors the Carlton Reserve, a 24,000-acre preserve in Sarasota County. A month earlier, Laundrie’s parents claimed Brian had gone to the reserve for a hike but did not return.
#UPDATE: On October 21, 2021, a comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found at the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve and Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are those of Brian Laundrie. @FBITampa pic.twitter.com/ZnzbXiibTM
— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) October 21, 2021
Brian had not been criminally charged in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Gabrielle Petito, 22, who was found dead at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming on September 19. Officials determined she was strangled, and her cause of death was deemed a homicide.
Currently, Brian is wanted for the unauthorized use of a debit card for allegedly withdrawing $1,000 between August 30 and September 1 — when Petito, 22, was missing. Brian reportedly arrived in Florida on September 1 without Petito, and she was reported missing on September 11.
Petito reportedly spoke to her mother for the last time on August 23 or 24, when she said she and Laundrie were leaving Utah and driving to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Petito would be found dead at that park weeks later.
Brian, who was named a person of interest in Petito’s initial disappearance and murder, is believed to have left his parents’ North Port, Florida, home on September 13 or 14. His parents reported him missing on September 17.
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