Following the finding of Brian Laundrie remains, and considering all the other information and evidence that could be gathered so far, official and expert sources agree that this could be a case of murder-suicide and that the case will be ruled on fairly quickly and closed, The sun reported.
Law enforcement sources confirmed Wednesday, Oct. 20, that they found ‘human remains’ near some belongings of fugitive Brian Laundrie wanted for the possible murder of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, in Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
Police officials confirmed to the news outlet that hunting dogs, trained to track dead bodies, found what appear to be human remains on the same day and within hours of Brian Laundrie’s parents attending the scene with police officers. The Laundries recognized some of their son’s belongings, his backpack, and notebook.
The FBI on Thursday, Oct. 21, confirmed the partial human remains belonged to fugitive Brian Laundrie, 23, who had been missing for more than a month.
The deceased Brian Laundrie, Petito’s boyfriend, remains as the only person of interest in her death.
Petito, 22, was travelling cross-country with her fiancé, Laundrie, in a converted white Ford Transit to tour the country’s national parks. Petito dreamt of becoming a vloger influencer.
However, on Sept. 1, Laundrie returned to his North Port home without his fiancé.
On September 19, investigators searching the area in and around Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park discovered Petito’s remains. A coroner later ruled that she’d been strangled to death by “human force” three to four weeks earlier.
Police have not yet identified the person responsible for her death, but Brian Laundrie was the only person of interest in the case. Police indicted him for unauthorized use of a debit card to withdraw more than $1,000 during the time Petito went missing.
Dr. Erin Kimmerle, a South Florida-based forensic anthropologist, told The Sun exclusively: “There seems to be an overwhelming amount of evidence linking the two cases, including a history of domestic violence.
“Add to that witnesses who place them together, the well documented timeline, GPS data from their cars, and cell phone records.
“It seems there is a strong circumstantial case for a murder-suicide.”
Discussing Laundrie’s autopsy results, she stated: “Time since death is estimated as the last time the person was seen alive.
“The question is, is the level of decomposition consistent with that time frame. And in this case, it is.”
After his remains were found, police used his dental records to identify him, which Dr. Kimmerle believes can happen in any “John or Jane Doe case where dental records for the missing person are available.”
“It’s a quick and easy, yet very accurate, method to positively identify someone,” he said.
Dr. Kimmerle added: “Authorities are going to want to know what exactly happened and the timeline of the involvement of the parents.
“However, since both individuals are deceased in this case I think it will be ruled on fairly quickly and closed.”
The initial autopsy inspection could not produce any conclusive answer about the manner, cause, and time of death, Steven Bertolino–Laundrie’s family attorney—said earlier on Monday.
As the bones have been sent to an anthropologist for evaluation, the attorney told Fox News the process could take between two to three weeks for any result to come out.
Yet, the stakes remain that the forensic anthropologist, who would also perform DNA tests on Laundrie’s remains might not be able to identify his cause of death either.
“We will see,” Bertolino told Fox News Digital.