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 October 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.
The human remains were discovered in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, North Port, Florida, where his parents suggested to the authorities he may have been.
Officials also found his submerged notebook and backpack nearby. It had not been made clear what may have been written in the notebook.
Attorney for the Laundrie family, Steven Bertolino, said parents of Brian Laundrie, fiance of strangled to death Gabby Petito, 22, initially looked for their son in the area back on Sept. 14.
They recalled the place was waist-deep in water or higher back at the time.
“The FBI confirmed that yesterday that that area until recently had been flooded with water. When that water receded, obviously more things were accessible,” the lawyer told Fox News.
Two senior law enforcement officials told NBC New York the remains uncovered included part of a human skull and bones.
Laundrie came back home from a cross-country trip without his fiance on Sept. 1. He disappeared on Sept. 13, two days after a missing report for Petito was filed to the law enforcement by her family.
Petito’s body was discovered in a Wyoming park on Sept. 19. Her death was ruled a homicide and a coroner this month reported she died of manual strangulation.
Laundrie was the only person of interest in her case and has only been charged by the FBI for using her debit card shortly after she disappeared.