Gabby Petito case Brian Laundrie found? How the survey rebounded spectacularly
Human remains were found by the FBI in a park in Florida, next to cases belonging to Brian Laundrie, the number one suspect in the murder of American influencer Gabby Petito.
The manhunt of , the main suspect in the disappearance of influencer Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito , found dead on September 19 in a park in Wyoming, has just come to an end ? “Human remains” and items belonging to Gabby Petito's fiancé, who had been missing for weeks, were found in a Florida nature reserve. A spectacular discovery that took place on Wednesday , the same day the Laundries, who were also harassed by the media, took part in the search to find their son.
Where did this discovery happen?
The discovery took place at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on the west coast of Florida, roughly halfway between Orlando and Miami. The area was "until recently underwater," said Michael McPherson, special agent for the federal police, in a short speech broadcast live by US media.
This area is near the Carlton Reserve, where searches have been carried out since the parents declared their son missing on September 17. "This is the same area that we had reported to the FBI as being the one in the park where there was the highest probability that Brian is," said Steven Bertolino, the lawyer for the Laundries.
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What exactly have we found?
There, the FBI found items belonging to Brian Laundrie: a backpack and a notebook. Investigators have also identified what amounts to "human remains".
A source close to the investigation told CNN that these alleged human remains "appear to be there for some time." The source said that "given the condition of the remains, their official identification may take some time. It will be a very in-depth process with the forensic pathologist ”.
Is it Brian Laundrie's body?
Unable to answer at this time. "I know you have a lot of questions, but we don't have all the answers yet," the investigator said. The forensic scientists will stay there "probably for several days".
For the lawyer of the parents of Brian Laundrie, the probability that these remains are those of Brian Laundrie is "strong", but that it was necessary to await the conclusions of the investigation to pronounce with certainty. “Brian's parents were heartbroken” by these findings, according to the lawyer.
What role did Brian Laundrie's parents play?
The parents had alerted the FBI of their intention to go search, this Wednesday, an area still unexplored. The Laundries explained that this was a new path Brian loved to hike , he had previously brought his father there and the two had done the route together.
The FBI and the police were waiting for the parents in the early hours of the morning, to participate in the search with them.
Family attorney Steve Bertolino confirmed on CNN that Laundrie's parents, who had been to the park for the first time since it reopened, were instrumental in the find. "Chance wanted them to fall on these objects," he said. The area where the remains were found is "the very area of the park that we initially informed law enforcement about," he said.
Is the manhunt over?
No, until the remains have been formally identified, the hunt for Brian Laundrie continues. The area where the discovery took place is closed to overflight until the end of the week, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Before that, helicopters from local news stations provided live aerial imagery.
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