The partial remains found in the area where investigators have been searching for Brian Laundrie are reportedly skeletal.
As previously reported, authorities in Florida announced on Wednesday that remains had been found in the Carlton Reserve, where investigators had been searching for the fugitive since his mid-September disappearance. A backpack and a notebook belonging to Laundrie were reportedly found near the remains, in an area that had until shortly before the discovery been underwater.
Later the same day, the FBI officially named Laundrie a person of interest in the murder of his girlfriend Gabby Petito. Laundrie had previously been named a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance, before the 22-year-old woman was found dead on September 19 in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.
News Nation Now reporter Brian Entin said on Twitter Thursday, without identifying his source(s), that the remains found Wednesday were skeletal. “Bones,” he wrote.
We have learned the remains found in the Carlton Reserve were "skeletal remains."
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) October 21, 2021
The reporter also said that a medical examiner said it could take multiple days before the remains were positively identified.
As previously reported, the Laundrie family attorney said he believes it is likely the remains are Brian Laundrie’s. The fugitive, who is facing a felony warrant charging him with unauthorized use of another person’s financial accounts, has not been seen since September 13, when he reportedly told his parents he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve and did not return.
The Teton County Medical Examiner determined that Petito died of manual strangulation.
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[Feature image: (North Port Police Department via AP]