On Wednesday, human remains, a backpack and a notebook belonging to Brian Laundrie were discovered in the park where authorities believed he was hiding out in. On the same day, Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta, showed up to help search for their fugitive son.
While authorities have not yet said if the remains belong to the 22-year-old person of interest, in the Gabby Petito murder investigation, a representative for the family said on late Wednesday that the probability is strong.
Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino made the shocking statement in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, but added that “we are going to wait for the forensic results to come in to verify that.”
Bertolino told Cuomo that the findings were made near a bridge that connects the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and adjoining Carlton Reserve.
“This is the very area of the park that we initially informed law enforcement on, I believe it was Sept. 17, that Brian would be most likely in the preserve in this particular area,” the lawyer said.
“It was quite near the entrance,” the lawyer said, “about 30 minutes in.”
The remains were discovered near a bridge connecting the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and Carlton Reserve, according to Bertolino.
A backpack belonging to Laundrie was discovered near the area where the remains were found.
The parents filed a missing persons report on Sept. 17 after Brian apparently failed to return home after going for a hike in the park.
The FBI explained at a Wednesday press conference that the area where the remains and items were found had “up until recently been underwater.”
Brian, 23, has been the subject of a massive police and FBI manhunt since he went missing and was named a “person of interest” in the murder of his 22-year-old girlfriend, Gabby Petito.
Petito’s remains were found on Sept. 19 in a Wyoming park and her death was later ruled a homicide by strangulation.