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Brian Laundrie's Parents Forced To Deny They 'Planted His Human Remains'

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Brian Laundrie's Parents Forced To Deny They 'Planted His Human Remains'

Brian Laundrie's parents have been forced to deny 'planting his remains' - or other belongings - in a Florida nature reserve.

Human remains were recovered in a reserve close to where Laundrie's belongings were found earlier this week. On Thursday, the remains were confirmed to be Laundrie.

Gabby went on a road trip with fiance Brian Laundrie (Credit: Instagram/Gabby Petito)
Gabby went on a road trip with fiance Brian Laundrie (Credit: Instagram/Gabby Petito)

Laundrie's parents, Chris and Roberta, were both at the scene when the personal belongings and human remains were found.

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Now, their lawyer Steven Bertolino has rubbished claims that the couple 'planted' their son's remains or personal items, with Steven describing this as 'hogwash'. He said Chris had found Brian's bag in front of a reporter.

Speaking to NBC News, Steven explained: "Chris didn't want to pick the bag up because he wanted law enforcement to see it. This was caught on camera.

"Chris couldn't find the law enforcement because they were then out of sight, because Chris had been in the woods, so he didn't want to leave the bag there with the news reporter standing nearby, so he picked it up.

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"At that point, the Laundries were notified that there was also remains near the backpack and they were asked to leave the reserve."

Remains of Laundrie's body were found during a search of Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port, Florida.

Laundrie, who returned to his home in Florida from a cross-country road trip on August 31 without fiancé Gabby Petito, had been cited as a 'person of interest' in the case.

The FBI had also lodged an arrest warrant against him, claiming he used someone else's credit card to buy goods while Petito was missing.

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His parents, Christopher and Roberta, said they hadn't seen their son since 14th September when he reportedly left the family home.

Laundrie was a 'person of interest' in the case (Credit: Moab City Police Department)
Laundrie was a 'person of interest' in the case (Credit: Moab City Police Department)

Investigators had previously searched a Florida nature preserve to find Laundrie, but did not find him, saying they "exhausted all avenues in searching the grounds" of the 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County.

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Topics: News

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