Brian Laundrie’s family lawyer said the “probability is strong” the remains found in a Florida park are likely the man who has become the focus of a nationwide search.
“The probability is strong that it is Brian’s remains, but we are going to wait for the forensic results to come in to verify that,” Steven Bertolino said on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time.”
The FBI hasn’t confirmed the identity of the remains found. But agents said at a press conference the remains were found near a backpack and notebook owned by Laundrie. Federal officials said it will take days to review the evidence found in the park near North Port, Florida, where Laundrie lived.
On Oct. 20, federal officials along with Laundrie’s parents searched the park and located the items and the remains.
The finding — if confirmed to be Laundrie – would close the month-long manhunt for the man wanted in connection to the death of Gabby Petito.
Petito lived in Florida with Laundrie and the two embarked on a cross-country trip over the summer. They chronicled their adventures of so-called “van life” as they visited various national parks and locations. The couple posted seemingly loving photos and videos of their trip.
In early September, Laundrie returned to Florida without Petito. More than a week later, Petito’s family in New York reported her missing. A massive manhunt by police in Florida, the FBI and social-media sleuths unfolded.
Officers in Florida named Laundrie as a person of interest and said they wanted to speak to him about Petito’s disappearance.
On Sept. 19, FBI officials announced they found Petito’s remains in Wyoming. Her death has been ruled a homicide and her cause of death was strangulation.
There is an active warrant for Laundrie’s arrest as federal officials accused him of using Petito’s debit card after her death.