FBI Finds Skeletal Remains of Brian Laundrie in a Florida Park

Bryan Dijkhuizen

A set of human remains discovered in a Florida nature preserve on Thursday have been recognized as those of Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the murder of his girlfriend Gabby Petito when the duo was on a cross-country road trip, according to the FBI.

According to a press release from the FBI's Denver office, a comparison of dental records verified that the bones belonged to Laundrie.

Steve Bertolino, a lawyer for his parents, acknowledged in a statement that they had been informed that the bones were those of their son, who died in a car accident.

The cause of death was not specified in the FBI statement. It was unclear how long the remains may have been immersed in water before being discovered.

Law enforcement officials told NBC News that the bones were characterized as skeletal and contained a part of a head.

The inquiry into Petito's death, on the other hand, has not yet been completed. Laundrie, on the other hand, is the only individual who has ever been named as a person of interest in the case by law enforcement.

The remains were discovered on Wednesday when investigators focused their efforts in the adjacent Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, where they discovered a Ford Mustang that Laundrie had driven into the woods.

That park is immediately next to the Carlton Reserve, both of which are located about 35 miles south of the city of Sarasota in Florida.

Laundrie was charged with illegal use of a debit card in a federal Wyoming indictment. The indictment said that Laundrie used a Capital One Bank debit card and someone's personal identifying information to make fraudulent withdrawals or charges totaling more than $1,000.

However, there is no indication as to who the card belongs to or what kind of transactions were made.

If Laundrie had survived, the indictment would have provided the police with the information they needed to apprehend him.

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