Officials have found "what appears to be human remains" in a Florida nature reserve during today's search for Brian Laundrie, FBI Tampa Division will be Special Agent in Charge Michael McPherson announced.
Laundrie, the fiancé of Gabby Petito, was last seen by his parents 37 days ago. His disappearance came after Petito was reported missing in the wake of a road trip through the Western US. Her body was found last month.
Here's what you need to know about today's discovery and the case:
- Items found in a previously underwater area: McPherson said investigators found what appear to be human remains, along with personal items, such as a backpack and notebook, belonging to Brian Laundrie, in a Florida reserve. The items were found in an area that, up until recently, had been underwater.
- Laundrie's parents were on the scene: Laundrie's parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, were in the park when the discovery took place, family attorney Steve Bertolino said. "Chris and Roberta Laundrie were at the reserve earlier today when human remains and some of Brian's possessions were located in an area where they had initially advised law enforcement that Brian may be," Bertolino said. "Chris and Roberta will wait for the forensic identification of the human remains before making any additional comments."
- How we got here: Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, traveled around the western US in a white van this summer, all while regularly posting photos and stories to their social media pages. Those posts abruptly stopped in late August, though, and Laundrie then returned by himself to their home in North Point, where they lived with his parents, on Sept. 1. Laundrie declined to cooperate with the investigation into her whereabouts, and soon after, he also went missing. Petito's remains were found in a national forest in Wyoming on Sept. 19 near where the couple had last been seen together. Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue ruled her death a homicide and said that she died by manual strangulation.