The attorney for Brian Laundrie’s family says that the autopsy on his skeletal remains was inconclusive, and investigators were not able to determine a cause or manner of death.
Fox 5 New York’s Jodi Goldberg said in a tweet that attorney Steve Bertolino said the remains are being sent to an anthropologist for further examination.
#UPDATE: The #Laundrie family attorney tells @fox5ny, Brian’s autopsy has been completed and no matter or cause of death could be identified through his remains. Now his bones will be sent to an anthropologist to be examined. #BrianLaundrie #GabbyPetito pic.twitter.com/FoCvPJALk1
— Jodi Goldberg (@JodiGFox5NY) October 22, 2021
Laundrie’s body was found Wednesday in an area of Carlton Reserve that had been under water until recently, as CrimeOnline previously reported. Investigators matched dental records with Laundrie, to confirm his identity.
The FBI had named Laundrie a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, who was last heard from in late August after the two had been on the road in a cross-country van trip for nearly two months. Shortly after Petito’s family last heard from her, Laundrie arrived back at his home in Florida — with the van but without Petito.
Neither he nor his family responded to repeated messages from Petito’s family about the whereabouts of their daughter; her family, in fact, was unaware that he had returned to Florida on September 1 until they filed a missing person report on September 11.
Nearly a week after the missing person report was filed — with the Laundries still refusing to even speak with police about Petito’s disappearance — Chris and Roberta Laundrie suddenly called police to their home to report their son Brian missing. They told investigators he had left on September 14 — later changed to September 13 — to go hiking in the reserve but had not returned, and they hadn’t heard from him.
Two days after the Laundries reported Brian missing, investigators in Wyoming found Petito’s strangled body at a remote campsite in Bridger-Teton National Forest, adjacent to Grant Teton National Park.
Laundrie was indicted by a Wyoming grand jury on bank fraud charges for using Petito’s bank cards to withdraw money from her accounts after she was last seen.
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