Human Remains Found In Park Belong To Brian Laundrie, FBI Confirms
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The FBI have confirmed that human remains found in a Florida nature reserve are Brain Laundrie's.
Found during a search of Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port, Florida, FBI special agent Michael McPherson confirmed the discovery of human remains and personal items and the items were believed to have belonged to Laundrie, 23, on Wednesday.
Laundrie, who returned to his home in Florida from a cross-country road trip on August 31 without 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.
His parents, Christopher and Roberta, said they hadn't seen their son since 14th September.
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.
Human remains found in a national park in Wyoming in late September were confirmed to be Petito's. Preliminary examinations have pointed towards Petito's cause of death being homicide.
Laundrie previously refused to cooperate with the police about his last sighting of her.
The news comes about Petito's family appeared on Dr. Phil, and urged Laundrie to come home.
Gabby’s father Joe Petito, her step-mother Tara, her mother Nichole Schmidt and her step-dad Jim all sat down with the American talk show host to discuss the pain and horror of Gabby’s death.
The family, who all wore green ribbons, said Laundrie needed to turn himself in.
Speaking directly to the camera, her mum Nichole said: “We want to know the truth.”
“You’re only making it worse, for us and for himself and for his family,” stepfather Jim said. “Let us have some closure. Let us bring an end to this tragic period, and just be able to move on and remember Gabby and all the wonderful memories we had with her, and not looking at a TV screen everyday wondering if he was going to be found. Just turn yourself in.”
Step-mother Tara added: “If you truly loved her, you should turn yourself in.”
The case of Petito's disappearance and subsequently Laundrie's disappearance, has captured attention worldwide, with people across the globe following the case on social media.