The FBI on Thursday, Oct. 21, confirmed the partial human remains collected a day earlier belonged to fugitive Brian Laundrie, 23, who went missing more than a month ago.
His identity was confirmed through dental records.
“On Oct. 21, 2021, a comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found at the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve and Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are those of Brian Laundrie,” the FBI said in a tweet.
After an inconclusive autopsy, Brian Laundrie’s bones will be sent to an anthropologist, who will try to figure out how he died since the manner and cause of death were undetermined.
“I can confirm that the remains were being sent to an anthropologist for further evaluation,” Steve Bertolino, the Laundrie family lawyer, told DailyMail.com.
The Carlton Reserve was the center of a nearly five-week manhunt after Laundrie’s Ford Mustang was found parked there, and he was known to go hiking in the area.
Brian Laundrie previously informed his parents he was going hiking at Carlton Reserve on Sept. 13, the last time he was seen by them. The incident comes after Gabby Petito was discovered dead after apparent human strangulation on Sept. 19 in Wyoming.
Laundrie’s remains—said to include part of a skull—were found underwater in a swampy area of the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, with abundant alligators and wild pigs.
Because his body had apparently lain in the water for some time, it was expected that pinpointing his cause of death would be difficult.
“Forensic anthropologists are called upon when the environment has ravaged or removed the soft tissue.
“Soft tissue markers that the forensic pathologist would use.” Dr. Heather Walsh-Haney told WPBF News.
Petito’s death had to be determined by a forensic anthropologist as well.
According to New York Post, protesters and Petito’s Long Island family have blamed the Laundries for failing to provide information on their son’s missing person case or about his slain 22-year-old fiancé. Bertolino stated they remained silent at his request and did not assist their son in evading the police.
“Whatever happened or whatever didn’t happen … this is tragic for two families. “And anybody with a child, and anybody with a sense of humanity can understand the frustration that both families feel on that point,” the lawyer said.