After the FBI confirmed that the remains found in a federal reservation in Florida belonged to Brian Laundrie, it was expected that the doubts about Gaby Petito's case would begin to be clarified, however, there are still many unanswered questions.
Why, how and even when Laundrie disappeared are some of the doubts that both the authorities and the community hope will be resolved in the coming weeks.
The 22-year-old's parents , Chris and Roberta Laundrie, are a key player in the investigation, but their version of events has come into conflict with the evidence recovered by the authorities.
"He has behaved in a very strange way that has generated a lot of suspicion from the beginning," former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told CNN .
Laundrie, 23, and Petito, 22, had been traveling in a white van from New York through the western United States during the summer.
The couple became popular on social media because they shared many details of their trip, which caused suspicion when these posts were stopped at the end of August.
The young man returned alone to his parents' home in North Port, Florida, on September 1.
After receiving no response to Petito's whereabouts, his family reported him missing on September 11, and his body was found on September 19 in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest. A coroner ruled that he died from strangulation.
During those nine days after Petito's disappearance report, Laundrie refused to discuss the case with the police and even the investigators were never able to speak with him directly.
On September 13 Laundrie said he was going to the Carlton Reservation and his parents have not seen him since. According to the family's attorney, Steven Bertolino, that night his father went looking for him when he did not return home.
The next day they returned to the park and found the family's Ford Mustang with a notice that the vehicle had been abandoned. It was not until the night of the 14th that the police learned of the youth's disappearance.
The parents returned the next day, September 15, to retrieve the vehicle.
The police tried to communicate in various ways with the relatives without success.
The North Port Police Chief held a press conference on Sept. 16 where he said he had information that Laundrie may be in Tampa. However, the family's lawyer said he had no knowledge of it.
Police thought Laundrie was at her parents' home until September 17, when Laundrie's parents finally agreed to speak with the police. That same day, North Port police were notified that Laundrie was "potentially missing."
Experts have found it curious that Chris and Roberta Laundrie were involved in the investigation and discovery of their son's remains. It was the young man's father who found the backpack, which he later turned over to the authorities.
"The idea of family members participating in a search and then being the ones to actually find the evidence, and then collect the evidence and take it to the police is really quite unusual," said FBI veteran Mary Ellen O ' Toole.
On Wednesday they found human remains in the reservation, which the FBI later confirmed was Laundrie.
"Parents are key to determining how he died and whether it was by his own hand or accidental," Jim Clemente, the retired FBI profiler, told CNN on Thursday.
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