Brian Laundrie’s parents have left their North Port home days after their son was found dead in a Sarasota County nature reserve, and will not be holding a funeral for their son.
Laundrie, 23, had been missing for over a month when investigators located human remains in the Myakkahatachee Creek Environmental Park, which is adjacent to the Carlton Reserve. The remains were found in an area that had been previously underwater. There has been some conflicting reporting on the nature of the remains, as the FBI said in an announcement posted to Twitter that remains were found “at the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve and Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.”
Authorities confirmed the identity of the remains by comparing them to Laundrie’s dental records. However, a medical examiner has not yet been able to determine Laundrie’s cause of death, the family lawyer told NBC News. The attorney, Steven Bertolino, told the news station that Laundrie’s parents have left their home in North Port, and told News Nation Now reporter Brian Entin that “the family is grieving privately somewhere in Florida.”
The lawyer also reportedly said that Laundrie’s parents do not plan to hold a funeral and will cremate his remains. Bertolino also told NBC News that the remains are being sent to an anthropologist for further evaluation.
Shortly before he was found dead, Laundrie was named a person of interest in the murder of his girlfriend Gabby Petito, who was found dead of manual strangulation in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Park on September 19. Petito, 22, had lost contact with her family in late August while on a cross-country road trip with Laundrie.
Laundrie arrived back in North Port on September 1. Petito’s parents were not able to file a missing persons report until September 11 — apparently due to jurisdictional issues — and reportedly tried unsuccessfully to contact the Laundrie family about Petito’s whereabouts. Brian Laundrie did not speak to Petito’s family or the police before he died.
As previously reported, a notebook was among the items found with or near Laundrie’s remains, but authorities have not yet commented on the contents.
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