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Miami, Oct 21 (EFE) .- The human remains found last Wednesday in a natural park in Florida (USA) belong to Brian Laundrie, the only “person of interest” in the case of the disappearance of the young Gabrielle Petito, found dead in September on a Wyoming state national reservation, the FBI reported.
“A comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found at T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve and Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are those of Brian Laundrie“, Said this Thursday the US federal agency in its Twitter account.
The remains were found in the so-called “Carlton Reserve” (west Florida) this Wednesday after more than a month of searching for Laundrie, 23, who was declared a person of interest in the disappearance of Petito (22) before that his body was found in the state of Wyoming.
According to the FBI’s Tampa office, the remains were found along with personal items, such as a backpack and a notebook, belonging to Laundrie, Petito’s boyfriend and with whom he undertook a trip to natural parks in the United States last July.
Petito and Laundrie traveled across the country, chronicling their trip in their truck on social media, before Laundrie returned to her parents’ home in North Port, Florida without her on September 1 and then disappeared.
“These items were found in an area that until recently had been underwater,” Michael McPherson, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Tampa office, said Wednesday.
According to the authorities, Several articles that would be Laundrie’s were found this Wednesday by the young man’s parents, who had reported that they would do a search in the area of interest, in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, in the city of North Port, where they live.
This is an area where a family vehicle had already been found abandoned a few weeks ago and which was also attended yesterday by officials, including forensics from Sarasota County, on the west coast of Florida, after the discovery of the human remains.
The park was closed Wednesday when the Laundrie’s parents found items belonging to their son in a previously flooded area, said the family’s attorney, Steve Bertolino.
The young man is a fugitive from justice in a case for alleged fraud for the use of the young woman’s bank cards after her disappearance.
According to Wyoming coroners, Petito, 22, died of a homicide when she was strangled approximately a month before his body was found on September 19 after disappearing since the end of August. EFE
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.