The Laundrie family lawyer has responded to “hogwash” theories emerging after Gabby Petito’s fiance’s remains were uncovered on Friday.
Brian Laundrie’s bones were found in an area where his parents told FBI detectives to search a month ago, the family’s attorney has said.
Cops were able to positively identify skeletal remains found in Florida’s Carlton Reserve using the fugitive’s dental records – exactly a month after his fiancée Gabby Petito’s remains were confirmed.
Steve Bertolino, the Laundrie family lawyer, told NewsNationNow’s Brian Entin on Wednesday: “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.”
The 23-year-old’s cause of death has not been revealed.
Details regarding the condition of the remains have not been disclosed.
Bertolino told The Sun that the remains and notebook were unearthed by law enforcement while Chris Laundrie found a dry bag.
Laundrie allegedly told his parents that he was going for a hike at the alligator-infested reserve on September 13 – which was the last time they saw him.
Bertolino shared the distraught mindset Laundrie was in before he left the family home for the last time.
The attorney told NBC: “I can tell you Brian was very upset when he left. Chris conveyed to me several times he wished he wouldn’t have let him go but he couldn’t stop him.”
The remains, and the articles belonging to Laundrie, were found in a stretch of land inside the 24,000-acre park that until recently had been submerged in floodwaters.
Tom Joyce, a retired NYPD commander, exclusively told The Sun that the remains have likely suffered “a lot of post mortem predation.”
He said: “If the remains are skeletal, that means the tissue has been pulled away from the bones.
“Most likely by alligators, crabs, fish, and stuff like that.
“That‘s what it sounds like to me because it’s definitely not long enough time for it to go naturally.”
Web sleuths have already circulated theories about what may have happened to Laundrie as some claimed that he was eaten by an alligator.
A notebook and backpack were also unearthed as cops, FBI agents, and cadaver dogs combed through the park.
Bertolino branded it “hogwash” to suggest the parents planted Brian’s possessions in the swamp, explaining that they were both being shadowed by reporters and police.
Following the FBI’s discovery, the manhunt to find Laundrie is now over after it had entered its fifth week.
Gabby and Laundrie were on a cross-country road trip when she mysteriously vanished.
The pair toured America’s midwest visiting canyon ranges and national parks in Colorado, Utah, Kansas, and Wyoming.
It‘s reported that Gabby last spoke to her family on August 25 and was spotted in a Tex Mex restaurant with Laundrie just days later.
It‘s believed to be one of the final sightings of the YouTuber.
On September 19, FBI detectives found the vlogger’s remains at a Wyoming campground and days later, a preliminary autopsy ruled the manner of her death to be a homicide.
Weeks later, coroners revealed that Gabby had died from strangulation.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission