Human remains have been found in the Carlton Reserve, where Brian Laundrie was feared to be hiding
The partial remains were discovered along with a backpack that contained some of Laundrie’s belongings
The park in Florida had been shut off to the public for nearly a month for the search – it reopened yesterday
Laundrie, 23, is the sole person of interest in the murder of his fiancée, 22-year-old Gabby Petito
The pair were on a cross-country camper van trip when she vanished in August and he returned to Florida
Her strangled body was found weeks later in Wyoming and Laundrie went on the run
His parents who have been admonished for their seeming lack of empathy for the bereaved family, Wednesday signaled their intention to help with the search for their fugitive son
There have also been allegations that they dropped off their son at the camping site where he may have begun his flight from the law
Human remains have been found in the hunt for fugitive Brian Laundrie, the 23-year-old fiancé of murdered Gabby Petito, five weeks after he went on the run in an alligator-infested Florida swamp.
The grim discovery was made on Wednesday afternoon in the Carlton reserve in Florida, near Laundrie’s home, along with a camping backpack.
The belongings were identified as Brian’s by his parents, who helped with the search on Wednesday after keeping to themselves for weeks. The pair have refused to speak publicly about the case and they have also refused to speak with the grief-stricken Petito family in New York.
On Tuesday, the pair were seen shopping in North Port, their hometown just 13 miles from the reserve.
Hours later, they notified police that they would join in Wednesday’s search, the first since the park reopened to the public on Tuesday.
If the remains are confirmed as belonging to Brian Laundrie, it brings an end to a hunt for a murder suspect that has captivated the nation.
Chris and Roberta Laundrie alerted investigators on Tuesday night that they intended to search Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park for their son on Wednesday morning. The FBI and North Port Police Department agreed to meet them at the park
Laundrie’s parents informed investigators on Tuesday night of their intention to search Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park for their son on Wednesday morning. The FBI and Police met up with them at the park
Brian Laundrie is the sole suspect in the murder of his fiancée of two years Gabby Petito.
Her body was found in September, weeks after she was last seen alive. She had been strangled.
The pair were on a cross-country camper van trip when she vanished and he went home in September.
Steve Bertolino, an attorney for the Laundrie family, said in a statement: ‘Chris and Roberta Laundrie went to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park this morning to search for Brian.
‘The FBI and NPPD were informed last night of Brian’s parents’ intentions and they met Chris and Roberta there this morning.
‘After a brief search off a trail that Brian frequented some articles belonging to Brian were found. As of now law enforcement is conducting a more thorough investigation of that area.’ He would not be drawn on further details.
Authorities have been searching the park for weeks, but the portion where the remains were found on Tuesday were previously underwater, according to NBC.
Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie embarked on a cross-country trip earlier this summer with a plan to document it all on film for their social media channels.
Their loved-up Instagram persona was a far cry from the combative relationship that was playing out behind the scenes.
Just a few weeks before she vanished, police in Moab, Utah, were called to the pair’s van after fellow travelers saw Brian hit Gabby.
They were separated for the night, and Gabby was deemed to be the aggressor. August 26 was the last time anyone saw or heard from Gabby.
Laundrie returned to his parents home on September 1.
At first, they told cops they last saw him on September 14. They later said it was in fact September 13, when he told them he was going on a hike in the reserve and never returned.
He has been on the run ever since and his parents refused to speak publicly about the case or help Gabby’s parents.
They retrieved her remains from a mortuary in Wyoming last week.
Later that night, they said they planned to join Wednesday’s search.
The pair were photographed on the search on Wednesday by FOX News.
They were seen walking with an officer, who was overheard saying: ‘I think we might have found something.’
The officer then emerged with a bag that contained articles belonging to Laundrie.
The FBI and North Port Police Department have closed the park, which just reopened to the public on Tuesday after being closed to the public for nearly a month due to the ongoing search for Laundrie.
The Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park is situated on 160 acres of heavily wooded land and connects to the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve.
Laundrie was reported missing by his parents on September 17 after claiming they last saw him three days prior. His whereabouts have been unknown ever since.
Federal investigators issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie on September 23 for ‘use of unauthorized access device’ last month after alleging he used a Capitol One Bank debit card that wasn’t his.
Until Wednesday, there had been no signs of Laundrie at the Carlton Reserve in Florida, the area his parents cite as the last place he was seen.
Last week, North Port police noted there was ‘nothing to suggest’ whether Laundrie was dead or alive.
Officials claimed no one had seen him in the reserve and search teams didn’t find any physical evidence of his presence in the area.