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Remains Found At Carlton Reserve Are Those Of Brian Laundrie, Confirms FBI

The FBI on Thursday said the human remains found a day earlier in a nature reserve park in Florida were those of Brian Laundrie, who went missing more than a month back. He was the primary suspect in the murder of his fiancée Gabby Petito, CNN reported.

FBI authorities used Laundrie’s dental records to confirm identification.

On Wednesday, North Port police found skeletal remains belonging to a human in Carlton Reserve. Authorities also found clothes believed to be the ones Laundrie, 23, was wearing when he left home on Sept. 13.

The remains were found inside Carlton Reserve which is about 2 to 3 miles from the entrance at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.

Within a week of Laundrie being declared missing, police found Petito’s body in a national forest in Wyoming. According to the authorities, she died due to manual strangulation, and her death was ruled as “homicide.”

Investigators Wednesday also found a backpack and a notebook belonging to Laundrie near his remains.

According to police, the notebook hasn’t been opened and its contents will need to be processed.

Search Conditions Treacherous

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said search conditions were treacherous, including nearly chest-high water full of alligators and snakes.

“These are very difficult conditions. You can’t just walk in and look around. The area is huge and it is covered with water,” Marceno said.

The search for Laundrie went on for over a month as investigators tried to solve the puzzle of what actually happened during the road trip Laundrie and Petitio, 22, set out on through the western U.S. in the summer.

FILE: Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito in happier times.

Petito never returned alive from the trip. Her remains were later found near where they were last seen together.

Laundrie returned to his parents’ house in Florida but he refused to talk to police and then set off for the nature reserve to hike, never to return. Though not charged with his fiancee’s death, he was indicted for using her debit card days after her death.

Laundrie’s parents refused to talk publicly but they directed investigators where their son might be staying at the reserve. The parents even joined the search Wednesday morning and found the bag belonging to Brian.

After a while, officers showed them a picture on their cellphone of a backpack that authorities had located some distance off the trail. They were also told that there were human remains near the backpack.

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