The FBI announced that human remains “along with personal items, such as a backpack and notebook belonging to Brian Laundrie,” were found Wednesday, Oct. 20 while searching the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.

Steven Bertolino, Laundrie’s family attorney, confirmed that Chris and Roberta Laundrie “were at the reserve earlier today when human remains and some of Brian’s possessions were located” while they were searching along a trail that their son was known to frequent. 

Brian Laundrie informed his parents he was going hiking at Carlton Reserve on September 13, the last time he was seen by them.

On Sept. 18, the FBI conducted a search of the area in order to question the 23-year-old about the disappearance and death of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, a Long Island native.

Petito’s remains were found on Sept. 19, several days after Laundrie vanished. An autopsy revealed she had been strangled by human force.

While the FBI confirmed remains found were those of Brian Laundrie, 23, he had been a “person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito,” many questions remain about how and why she was strangled in Wyoming.

According to a close friend, Gabby Petito’s distraught family thinks that her fugitive boyfriend’s death means they will never get “closure” with explanations as to why she was murdered.

“She’s gone now. He’s gone. Who’s really got closure?” a Petito family friend told

“You don’t get closure because you don’t know what happened,” she added.

“You don’t know—did they get in a fight, did he kill her? There’s no answer,” said a male former Bayport-Blue Point High School classmate of the two.

“Brian’s not here, so has justice been served?” he asked.

The lawyer representing Laundrie’s parents Chris and Roberta, Steven Bertolino said “There are parents that are suffering. Now, I understand that 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.”

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