Investigators have confirmed that human remains found at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida are those of fugitive Brian Laundrie, who was wanted in connection with Gabby Petito’s death
Human remains found in Florida have been identified as Gabby Petito’s fiance Brian Laundrie, the FBI has confirmed.
Laundrie, 23, disappeared early last month after returning from a road trip without his partner Gabby, 22, and refusing to cooperate with an investigation into her disappearance.
Gabby’s body was then discovered in a remote area in Wyoming on September 19, and a post-mortem confirmed she had been strangled.
The FBI launched a manhunt for Laundrie, 23, and named him as a person of interest in Gabby’s death.
Gabby was last seen on August 27, when she apologised to restaurant staff after Laundrie argued with them.
Laundrie then briefly returned to his parents’ home in Florida on September 1 before he vanished, supposedly telling his parents he was going hiking.
Human remains were found alongside a backpack and notepad belonging to Laundrie at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Wednesday.
The FBI said: “Investigators found what appeared to be human remains, along with personal items … belonging to Brian Laundrie.”
The FBI today said they were able to identify Laundrie through dental records.
Before the body was confirmed to be Laundry, family lawyer Steven Bertolino told CNN: “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.”
Gabby and Laundrie embarked on their trip in early July from New York’s Long Island, where her parents live.
As they traveled through Kansas, Colorado, Utah and points west, Gabby documented their “van life” on social media.
She posted her final photo to Instagram on August 25, the same day she last spoke to her mum by phone.
They were seen quarrelling in August, with police in Utah releasing a video showing Gabby tearfully describing a dispute she had had with Laundrie.
He was later named a person of interest in her disappearance, and on September 23 a federal grand jury in Wyoming indicted him on a charge of fraudulently using Gabby’s bank debit card.
It was alleged he spent $1,000 or more between August 30 and September 1,.
He had not been charged in relation to Gabby’s death.
Earlier this week Gabby’s mum said she had concerns for her daughter, but thought Laundrie would “take care” of her.
Nicole Schmidt told 60 Minutes Australia : “I felt safe because she was with Brian, and I felt like she would be okay … I thought that he would take care of her.”
She said she suspected Laundrie’s parents may know what happened to Gabby, saying: “Silence speaks volumes.”
She added: “I believe they know probably, if not everything, they know most of the information. I would love to face-to-face ask, ‘Why are you doing this?'”
She also said in the interview she supported her daughter’s choice to travel with Laundrie, and described him as ‘polite and quiet’.
Gabby’s stepdad, Jim Schmidt, said Laundrie was ‘hiding’ from the authorities, and told the interview he and his wife ‘want vengeance … and justice.’