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, Fox News reported.
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 Laundrie’s attorney confirmed to the press that on Tuesday afternoon, Brian’s parents informed local authorities of their intention to go to Myakkahatchee Park to look for their son, as they knew the places he frequented.
The Laundrie’s began their search early Wednesday, escorted by police officers and plainclothesmen, and found their son’s backpack and notebook.
In response, police ordered an intensive area search, closing the park to the public and the press. As a result, Myakkahatchee Park was closed for two weeks until Tuesday as authorities searched for Brian.
Sarasota County’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Russell Vega, showed up at the scene after being summoned by police to confirm that human remains were found.
Brian’s parents left the park before 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
Chris and Roberta Laundrie said Brian, 23, left his family’s home in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 13 to hike to Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, located adjacent to the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Preserve.
Since that day, they haven’t seen nor contacted him.
Brian and Gabby Petito had embarked on a trip together through the country’s wilderness parks in mid-June. They were both living at Brian’s parents’ home in North Port, Florida.
Brian returned home on Sept. 1, but without his girlfriend.
Gabby’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, reported her daughter missing on Sept. 11.
On Sept. 19, police found Gabby’s lifeless body in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Petito died from manual strangulation, forensic authorities said.
The case gained notoriety because police stopped the couple as they drove down the road after someone reported seeing them hitting each other.
Police questioned both at the scene.
In the more than half-hour video, Petito is seen emotionally affected and Brian trying to downplay the incident.
The public heavily criticized the police for not arresting Laundrie at the time, given the alleged danger to his girlfriend.
Since the appearance of Gabby’s body, Brian has been intensely sought by different agencies, including the FBI, because he is the only person of interest in the murder.