Brian Laundrie – update: Gabby Petito memorial removed as forensic anthropologist results may take weeks

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Brian Laundrie – update: Gabby Petito memorial removed as forensic anthropologist results may take weeks

A memorial to Gabby Petito has been removed from in front of Brian Laundrie’s parents’ home by North Port city officials, almost two months since she was first reported missing.

Meanwhile, a forensic anthropologist who is analysing Mr Laundrie’s remains may take “two to three weeks” to discover how he died, the Laundrie’s attorney Steven Bertolino has said.

Police investigating the deaths of Ms Petito and Mr Laundrie have denied “false reports” that the DNA of human remains found in Florida last week did not match the young man’s. A spokesman for the North Port police department also said there was a “very good possibility” that Mr Laundrie was dead two days after Ms Petito was reported missing.

A medical examiner has confirmed the remains were Mr Laundrie’s, and no DNA analysis has been conducted yet, said North Port Police in a statement posted to Twitter.

The FBI confirmed Mr Laundrie’s identity through dental records, suggesting he had been dead for a significant period of time before his remains were found. His belongings, which include a notebook and a backpack, were described as “salvageable” and may yet provide further clues.

Meanwhile, Steven Bertolino, the lawyer for Chris and Roberta Laundrie said Mr Laundrie would be cremated without a funeral. His parents acknowledged the death of their son in a short and unemotional statement, released through their lawyer, and asked for privacy.

The Petito-Schmidt family attorney, Rick Stafford, has said they would not make any statements on the identification of Ms Petito’s fiance until they were “emotionally ready”.

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Key Points

  • Police refute ‘false reports’ that remains found in search for Brian Laundrie did not match his DNA

  • Gabby Petito memorial removed outside Laundrie family home

  • Anthropologist examining Brian Laundrie’s remains may have results by end of November

  • No funeral for Brian Laundrie, who will be cremated, lawyer says

  • Laundrie attorney Steven Bertolino denies deal with FBI and insists parents not facing charges

  • ‘I’m upset, I’m angry’: Brian Laundrie’s lawyer Steven Bertolino’s TV outburst

  • Brian Laundrie search: Did parents lead FBI to spot where remains and Brian’s notebook were found?

Brian Laundrie’s parents reveal final moments with him: ‘He was visibly upset’

13:20 , Eleanor Sly

Brian Laundrie’s parents have said he was “very upset” before he left his home and his father felt helpless when he could not stop him from leaving, according to their family lawyer.

Recounting the moments before Laundrie left his house for Florida’s Carlton reserves, Steven Bertolino told NBC News that Laundrie’s father wished he “did not let him go”.

“Brian was very upset when he left and Chris conveyed to me several times that you know, he wish he did not let him go but he could not stop,” Mr Bertolino said.

Namita Singh writes:

Brian Laundrie’s parents reveal final moments with him: ‘He was visibly upset’

Where did Brian Laundrie’s Mustang go?

12:55 , Eleanor Sly

Authorities this week admitted to having confused Brian Laundrie for his mother, Roberta Laundrie, after Gabby Petito was reported missing.

According to authorities, they spotted Mr Laundrie leaving home on 13 September in a red Mustang.

Two days later the car returned, with authorities suggesting that they thought Mr Laundrie had come home with it.

The Laundrie’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino criticized the authorities saying: “It was [North Port police] that put the ticket on the Mustang at the park and if they saw Brian leave on Monday in the Mustang, which is news to me, then they should have been watching the Mustang and the park starting on Monday and they would have known it was Chris and Roberta that retrieved the Mustang from the park.”

He went on to add: "Now to be clear, none this may have made a difference with respect to Brian’s life but it certainly would have prevented all of the false accusations leveled by so many against Chris and Roberta.”

Could Brian Laundrie’s notebook found by FBI explain what happened to him?

12:20 , Eleanor Sly

Following the FBI’s announcement that a notebook of Brian Laundrie’s has been found, criminologists suggest it could contain answers about what happened to his fiancé Gabby Petito.

A number of items including a backpack and the notebook were located near human remains from the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park by investigators on Wednesday.

“Earlier today investigators found what appears to be human remains along with personal items, such as a backpack and notebook, belonging to Brian Laundrie,” said Tampa-based Special Agent Michael McPherson during a media conference that afternoon, explaining: “These items were found in an area that up until recently had been underwater.”

Helen Elfer explains:

Could Brian Laundrie’s notebook found by FBI explain what happened to him?

Police confusing Laundrie and mother may have lengthened search

11:55 , Eleanor Sly

Investigators confusing Brian Laundrie and his mother could be to blame for a long search which was estimated to have cost more than $1.2 million at the end of September.

North Port Police Department spokesperson, Josh Taylor defended the police’s mistake suggesting that Brian and Roberta are “kind of built similarly.”

The Laundrie family lawyer, Steve Bertolino, did not however agree with Mr Taylor’s statement.

He said: "Everyone makes mistakes. But Brian and Roberta are not ‘built’ the same.”

The attorney added that had the police watched the park and followed the Mustang, "it certainly would have prevented all of the false accusations leveled by so many against Chris and Roberta with respect to ‘hiding’ Brian or otherwise financing an ‘escape.’"

Florida farm creates corn maze tribute to Gabby Petito

11:35 , Eleanor Sly

A farm in Bradenton, Florida, has created a tribute to Gabby Petito in its corn maze.

The message mown into the field of corn at Hunsader Farms, reads “RIP GABBY” and is accompanied by a cross and a heart.

Gabby Petito: Everything we know about YouTuber’s murder on ‘dream’ road trip

11:15 , Eleanor Sly

Gabby Petito, 22, an aspiring social media star who went missing in late August during a “dream” cross-country road trip from New York to Oregon with her fiancé, was strangled to death, and her body found in a Wyoming national park.

More than a month later, skeletal human remains found inside the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida were confirmed to be those of her fiancé Brian Laundrie. There had been no trace of him throughout a weeks-long hunt.

“The FBI and our partners remain dedicated to ensuring that anyone responsible for or complicit in Ms Petito’s death is held accountable for their actions,” special agent in charge Michael Schneider said.

Read more here:

Everything we know about Gabby Petito’s murder on ‘dream’ road trip

Dog the Bounty Hunter’s daughter reveals number of tip offs received in the hunt for Laundrie

10:50 , Eleanor Sly

Dog the Bounty Hunter’s daughter, Lyssa Chapman, posted a screenshot on Twitter illustrating just how many tip offs they received during the hunt for Brian Laundrie.

The image revealed an inbox full of 3400 emails and 1060 texts.

Referring to the leads received, Ms Chapman wrote: “We did our best to follow up with every single one.”

She added: “It didn’t have the ending we anticipated but I’m so proud of my dad for helping.”

‘We’ve had literally no cell phone service for the last hour’ says news reporter retracing Petito’s journey

10:25 , Eleanor Sly

News reporter, Brian Entin, from NewsNation Now, Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie’s journey, commented on the lack of mobile phone signal on the route.

Mr Entin explained: “We’re right now on the Wyoming Idaho border really in the middle of nowhere in the middle of this national forest… I mean there’s snow out here it’s very very cold.”

He added: “We’ve had literally no cell phone service for the last hour or so just driving through the national forest.”

The reporter went on to comment about the beauty of the scenery and route, highlighting how “you can totally tell when you take this route why Gabby Petito wanted to do this.”

He said: “It really is magical and beautiful out here and you can totally tell when you take this route why Gabby Petito wanted to do this and the van life culture out here is very much a thing.

“You see people living in vans all throughout the entire area.”

Editor’s letter: How the media broke the news of Gabby Petito’s body being discovered

10:00 , Eleanor Sly

It is usually the case that journalists like to be first with the news.

Everybody loves a scoop. It’s good for you, it’s good for your news organisation and there is the quiet, sometimes smug satisfaction of having beaten your rivals.

Yet, we know, especially in the digital era, with the constant barrage of information being bombarded not just at the public but at journalists, there are real perils attached to this endeavour. Namely, that in the rush to be first, you end up getting things wrong.

Andrew Buncombe writes:

Editor’s letter: How the media broke the news of Gabby Petito’s body being discovered

Moab is a “very quiet place” normally

09:40 , Eleanor Sly

Moab police launch investigation into the handling of Laundrie Petito Moab incident

Moab police have launched an investigation into the way in which the incident between Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito was handled.

An outside agency is now investigating whether or not police officers handled the incident in the correct way amid divided opinions.

In an interview with NewsNation Now, Moab Police Assistant Chief Braydon Palmer said: “No matter what incident we’re responding to, we’re always looking at ways we can handle it better and that’s really what I think our focus is moving forward right now is being better.”

He added: “We can’t change what happened yesterday, but what we can change is the way that we approach situations moving forward.”

Does Brian Laundrie’s family deserve privacy?

09:15 , Eleanor Sly

The discovery last week of Brian Laundrie’s remains in a Florida nature park only deepened the mystery surrounding the death of his fiancée, Gabby Petito, and Laundrie’s role in it. So far, forensic examination has not identified the cause of Laundrie’s death, and authorities have not revealed the contents of a notebook and backpack found at the scene.

Laundrie and Petito had set off on a cross-country trip together over the summer from which Gabby never returned. Laundrie traveled back to his parents’ home without her at the beginning of September, only to go missing himself two days later. Petito’s disappearance and death and the strange circumstances of Laundrie’s return quickly became one of those headline-grabbing crimes that galvanize the nation’s attention.

Laundrie’s parents, anticipating a media circus at any funeral they might hold for their son, released a statement this week through as family attorney that his body would be cremated and his ashes returned to them. They appealed for privacy so that they could mourn the death of their son privately, but do they deserve it asks Austin Sarat.

Does Brian Laundrie’s family deserve privacy?

North Port Police Department seeks to dispel rumors that DNA of remains did not match Laundries

08:47 , Eleanor Sly

The police department of North Port, Florida is dispelling suggestions that the DNA of human remains found at the Carlton Reserve on 20 October did not match that of Brian Laundrie.

Writing on Twitter, the North Port Police Department said: "We have received a number of inquiries Tuesday about a false report of DNA not matching Brian Laundrie.”

The statement said: "The identity of the remains found at the Carlton Reserve on Oct. 20 was confirmed by comparison to known dental records of Brian Laundrie."

It added: "No DNA analysis has yet been performed on the remains."

It is expected that samples will be submitted for DNA testing once the medical examiner’s office has finished analyzing the remains, the statement explains.

Internet obsessives scour Florida reserve for Laundrie clues showcasing possible ‘gator bones’ on social media

08:40 , Eleanor Sly

After the partial skeletal remains of Brian Laundrie were found in a park connected to the Carlton Reserve, internet-obsessed sleuths have been scouring the area searching for additional clues.

Mr Laundrie was the person of interest in the disappearance and death of his fiancé, Gabby Petito. Ms Petito’s body was found on 19 September and was ruled a homicide from manual strangulation. Mr Laundrie’s remains were found just over a month later on 20 October. The Sarasota County medical examiner used dental records to confirm the skeletal remains were those of Mr Laundrie.

One woman, whose Twitter name is just “Olivia”, claimed she found bones 60 yards from the spot where Mr Laundrie’s remains were located. She shared imaged of the bones, which included long spikes along their edges.

Graig Graziosi has more here:

Internet obsessives scour Florida reserve for Laundrie clues

Moab residents’ mood “anxious and guarded”

08:14 , Eleanor Sly

Residents of Moab are “anxious,” News Nation Now’s Brian Entin has said.

Moab is a city in eastern Utah where police were called following a dispute between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie in August.

More recently it has been the centre of a media storm due to the murders of Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner.

Mr Entin explained: “Murders are extremely unusual here. Let alone a double murder.”

He added: “Many are apprehensive to talk about Gabby because they are overcome with fear and anxiety over the murder of Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner.”

Petito’s father wants to make a difference to domestic violence problems

07:51 , Eleanor Sly

Gabby Petito’s father Joe has said that he wants to put meaning behind his daughter’s death, which would mean making a difference to domestic violence problems.

Speaking to TMZ, Mr Petito said that it was “insane” to see that one in three women in the United States have experienced domestic violence.

He added how he wants focus to shift onto how to avoid another incident such as his daughter’s death and suggested that he would like to see a societal shift from shaming the victim to shaming the abuser.

Mr Petito also explained how he wants to see more resources made available for victims of domestic violence.

Anthropologist examining Brian Laundrie’s remains may have results by end of November

07:32 , Eleanor Sly

Steven Bertolino, the attorney representing the Laundrie family, said that the results of a forensic anthropologist’s examination of Brian Laundrie‘s remains are expected by the end of November.

Laundrie was a person of interest in the disappearance and death of his fiancée, Gabby Petito. His remains were found in the Carlton Reserve, a protected swamp, on 20 October, more than a month after he went missing. Ms Petito’s remains were found on 19 September. Her death was ruled a homicide by way of manual strangulation.

Mr Bertolino told Fox News that he believed the forensic anthropologist’s examination will conclude within two to three weeks.

Graig Graziosi reports:

Anthropologist examining Brian Laundrie’s remains may have results by end of November

Gabby’s father says Brian’s ‘notebook won’t bring my daughter back’

06:17 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Joseph Petito, the father of Gabby Petito, has revealed that he does not expect any closure from Brian Laundrie’s notebook that investigative officials have said is “salvageable.”

He told TMZ that “nothing in Brian’s notebook is going to bring my daughter back” and “whatever’s in there won’t explain how her tragic death could have been avoided.”

Brian Laundrie’s skeletal remains were found on 20 October at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Sarasota County.

The authorities also found a dry bag and a notebook.

Mr Petito said that he won’t be “obsessing” over what was written in the notebook.

Gabby Petito memorial removed outside Laundrie family home

05:57 , Maroosha Muzaffar

A memorial dedicated to Gabby Petito outside Brian Laundrie’s parents’ home has been removed by North Port city officials, the family’s lawyer Steven Bertolino said.

Around 8.00pm local time, the officials arrived outside Laundrie’s house and removed the memorial, Fox News quoted Mr Bertolino as saying.

“They removed the entire memorial. Everything is gone,” he said.

“I am the only one here. No photographers. No other video people. Just me,” Mr Bertolino added.

Brian Laundrie’s skeletal remains were found on 20 October and the FBI later confirmed that they belonged to the 22-year-old.

Focus shifts to missing Irish hiker at Grand Teton National Park

05:45 , Maroosha Muzaffar

After Gabby Petito’s homicide and the subsequent death of her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, the focus has now shifted to a 27-year-old Irish hiker who went missing in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming earlier this year.

Cian McLaughlin’s family and friends have renewed efforts to find him, it was reported. Mr McLaughlin was last seen on 8 June.

One of the hiker’s friends, Max Newman told the Irish media that Mr McLaughlin always wanted to move to America. He said: “He was in his element out there and had been living there for a year, working on a ski resort as a snowboard instructor.”Mr Newman was quoted as saying by the Independent.ie: “He was super-fit and really outdoorsy and he knew the trails in Grand Teton quite well, as he was always up there. He was having a good summer and was taking it all in his stride.”

The Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming hit the headlines last month after 22-year-old YouTuber Gabby Petito’s remains were found there.

Lawyer uncertain over forensic anthropology results

05:26 , Maroosha Muzaffar

A forensic anthropologist who is analysing Brian Laundrie’s skeletal remains is likely to take “two to three weeks” to find out the manner and cause of his death, the lawyer Steven Bertolino has said.

“We will see,” Mr Bertolino, however, told Fox News when quizzed whether the anthropologist will be able to conclusively determine the cause and manner of Brian Laundrie’s death within this time frame.

After the medical examiner conducted an autopsy on the partial remains found in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and the results were inconclusive, the remains were sent to a forensic anthropologist.

After a comparison of dental records, the FBI confirmed that the remains belonged to Brian Laundrie.

Brian Laundrie: Everything we know so far

02:00 , Nathan Place

From when he went missing to where his remains were found, here’s everything we know so far about Brian Laundrie, the person of interest in the death of Gabby Petito:

Everything we know about Brian Laundrie as his remains are identified

Moab community shaken by Petito case and double homicide

Thursday 28 October 2021 00:30 , Nathan Place

The community of Moab, Utah is still traumatized not only by the death of Gabby Petito, but by the murders of Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner as well, NewsNationNow reporter Brian Entin says.

“I did not fully realize until being here that while the cases are very different – and law enforcement says not related – to the people here it is all part of one devastating time period over the last several months,” Mr Entin writes.

Forensic expert examining Laundrie’s remains may have results by end of November, lawyer says

Thursday 28 October 2021 00:00 , Nathan Place

Steven Bertolino, the attorney representing the Laundrie family, said that the results of a forensic anthropologist’s examination of Brian Laundrie’s remains are expected by the end of November.

Mr Bertolino told Fox News that he believed the forensic anthropologist’s examination will conclude within two to three weeks.

The lawyer said the results of the anthropologist’s exam would likely reveal Mr Laundrie’s time of death. When asked if it would reveal his cause of death, he said “we’ll see.”

Read more here:

Anthropologist examining Brian Laundrie’s remains may have results by end of November

Police installed hidden cameras around Laundrie house, reporter reveals

Wednesday 27 October 2021 23:30 , Nathan Place

According to NewsNationNow reporter Brian Entin, police set up hidden cameras to monitor the Laundrie family’s house after Gabby Petito went missing.

Mr Entin says some of the cameras went up before Brian Laundrie went missing, and some went up afterward.

Read the medical examiner’s full statement on Brian Laundrie’s remains

Wednesday 27 October 2021 22:38 , Nathan Place

Despite rumors to the contrary, the medical examiner who identified Brian Laundrie’s remains says they are definitely his.

“The identity of the remains found at the Carlton Reserve on October 20th was confirmed by comparison to known dental records of Brian Laundrie,” Florida’s District 12 Medical Examiner said in a statement. “No DNA analysis has yet been performed on the remains. Samples will be submitted for DNA testing once the examination of the remains by the medical examiner’s office is complete.”

Locals reveal spot where Brian Laundrie remains found is full of alligators and ‘evil’ wild pigs

Wednesday 27 October 2021 22:10 , Graig Graziosi

Locals living near the Florida reserve where the remains of Brian Laundrie were found have said it is full of alligators and “evil” wild pigs which wouldn’t have left any flesh for investigators to identify.

Several locals have told media outlets that the 25,000-acre Carlton reserve is full of hungry wetland creatures which would have eaten any flesh found there.

“I walk there all the time and there won’t be much of the remains left,” John Widmann, who lives about a mile from the reserve, told the New York Post.

The Independent’s Stuti Mishra has more in the story below...

Locals reveal spot where Brian Laundrie remains found is full of ‘evil’ wild pigs

Internet obsessives scour Florida reserve for Laundrie clues showcasing possible ‘gator bones’ on social media

Wednesday 27 October 2021 21:40 , Graig Graziosi

After the partial skeletal remains of Brian Laundrie were found in a park connected to the Carlton Reserve, internet-obsessed sleuths have been scouring the area searching for additional clues.

One woman, whose Twitter name is just “Olivia”, claimed she found bones 60 yards from the spot where Mr Laundrie’s remains were located. She shared imaged of the bones, which included long spikes along their edges.

The Independent’s Graig Graziosi has more on the strange discovery in the story below...

Internet obsessives scour Florida reserve for Laundrie clues

Forensic anthropologist examining Brian Laundrie’s remains may have results by end of November

Wednesday 27 October 2021 21:11 , Graig Graziosi

Steven Bertolino, the attorney representing the Laundrie family, said that the results of a forensic anthropologist’s examination of Brian Laundrie‘s remains are expected by the end of November.

Mr Bertolino said the results of the anthropologist’s exam would likely reveal Laundrie’s time of death. When asked if it would reveal his cause of death, he said “we’ll see.”

The Independent’s Graig Graziosi has more in the story below...

Anthropologist examining Brian Laundrie’s remains may have results by end of November

Police say ‘very good possibility’ Brian Laundrie was dead two days after Gabby Petito was reported missing

Wednesday 27 October 2021 20:30 , Graig Graziosi

A spokesman for the North Port police said that there was a “very good possibility” that Brian Laundrie was dead two days after Gabby Petito was reported missing.

North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor made the claim to PEOPLE while discussing a blunder the department made misidentifying Mr Laundrie.

The Independent’s Graig Graziosi has more in the story below...

Police say Brian Laundrie likely died two days after Gabby Petito went missing

Change.org petition calls for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to investigate North Port police handling of Gabby Petito case

Wednesday 27 October 2021 19:57 , Graig Graziosi

A Change.org position with 2,000 signatures is calling on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to open an investigation into the North Port police department’s handling of the Gabby Petito case.

The user that posted the petiton, Gabby’s Safe Haven 2.0, wrote that they wanted to “request a formal internal investigation into the missing person and person of interest in Gabby Petito’s death, Brian Laundrie’s case. Specifically the handling of the case by the North Port Police Department, City of North Port Public Information Officer Josh Taylor and North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison.”

The petition claims the department was incompetent in their search for Mr Laundrie after he disappeared into the Carlton Reserve.

The creator said the petition is “is solely to get Governor DeSantis to start an internal investigation into this case, but the bigger picture is to bring about change. Police deal with citizens on a daily basis, and the actions of incompetence can have tremendous, life-altering effects on numerous people in their communities. What happens when you have a department that’s full of incompetence? Well Governor DeSantis, this case right here is what happens.”

People in Moab, Utah, reluctant to discuss Gabby Petito case after grisly double murder in the town

Wednesday 27 October 2021 19:30 , Graig Graziosi

News Nation Now’s Brian Entin traveled to Moab, Utah, where Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito had a fight that resulted in a police stop in August.

Mr Entin said that people in the town are reluctant to discuss the Petito case due to the looming dread associated with the still unsolved double murder of Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner, who were found murdered at a campsite near the town.

North Port police admit there is a “very good possibility” Brian Laundrie was dead two days after Gabby Petito was reported missing

Wednesday 27 October 2021 18:20 , Graig Graziosi

North Port police spokesman Josh Taylor told PEOPLE that there was a “very good possibility” that Brian Laundrie was dead two days after his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, was reported missing.

Mr Laundrie left his home “very upset” on 12 September, according to the family’s attorney, Steven Bertolino. Ms Petito was reported missing on 11 September.

Mr Taylor said it was likely that Mr Laundrie was dead by 13 September, four days before police began searching for him at the Carlton Reserve.

“Other than confusion, it likely changed nothing. There is a very good possibility that Brian was already deceased. He still needed to be found. We just wanted people to better understand why we thought we knew Brian was in his home,” he said.

ICYMI: Early police ‘sighting’ of Brian Laundrie was actually his mother in a baseball cap, force admits

Wednesday 27 October 2021 18:01 , Graig Graziosi

North Port police confirmed that they mistook Roberta Laundrie for her son, Brian, when they reported that the man was at his house.

This blunder led North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison to tell the press on 16 September that he knew where Mr Laundrie was located.

A spokesman for the department said that officers saw Ms Laundrie in a baseball cap and mistook her for her son, as she had been driving his silver Mustang earlier that day.

The Independent’s Graig Graziosi has more below...

Early police ‘sighting’ of Brian Laundrie was actually his mother in a baseball cap

Gabby Petito’s father says he expects no closure from Brian Laundrie’s notebook

Wednesday 27 October 2021 16:58 , Graig Graziosi

Joe Petito, Gabby Petito’s father, told TMZ that he does not think he will find any closure in the pages of Brian Laundrie’s notebook, should it be salvaged by law enforcement.

Mr Laundrie’s notebook was found along with a drybag and his skeletal remains in the Carlton Reserve on 20 October.

Mr Petito said that nothing in Mr Laundrie’s notebook would bring his daughter back, or help alleviate his grief. He also doubts it will shed any significant light on how his daughter’s death could have been avoided.

Forensic anthropologist examining Brian Laundire’s remains should know time, manner of death in a few weeks, attorney says

Wednesday 27 October 2021 16:33 , Graig Graziosi

Steven Bertolino, the attorney representing the Laundrie family, told reporters that the forensic anthropologist examining Mr Laundrie’s remains should have answers about the man’s death soon.

Mr Bertolino told Fox News that the anthropologist should have additional information detailing the time and possibly manner of Mr Laundrie’s death sometime in the next two to three weeks.

The skeletal remains found in the Carlton Reserve on 20 October were confirmed as Mr Laundrie’s through the use of dental records. The North Port Police Department confirmed Tuesday that the remains have not undergone DNA testing yet, but will in the near future.

The Sarasota County medical examiner’s officer could not determine Mr Laundrie’s cause of death, after which the remains were sent to the anthropologist.

Police refute ‘false reports’ that remains found in search for Brian Laundrie did not match his DNA

Wednesday 27 October 2021 14:00 , Jon Sharman

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The North Port police department has denied ‘false reports’ that DNA results did not match Brian Laundrie’s remains that were found in a Florida park last week, writes Sravasti Dasgupta.

In a post on Twitter, the department posted the medical examiner’s statement which said that the FBI had confirmed that the remains found last week belonged to Mr Laundrie and that no DNA analysis has been conducted on the remains yet.

Police refute reports on remains not matching Brian Laundrie DNA

Analysis: The sad, twisting saga of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie – and what it tells us about America

Wednesday 27 October 2021 13:02 , Jon Sharman

It began with the most modest of announcements, writes Andrew Buncombe.

“Blue Point Woman Reported Missing,” the Suffolk County Police Department tweeted on 13 September.

The day before, the force had revealed that its first ever pick-up basketball game had “been a success”. The following day, it provided an update about traffic work on the Long Island Expressway.

The sad saga of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie – and what it tells us about America

Opinion: Does Brian Laundrie’s family deserve privacy?

Wednesday 27 October 2021 12:01 , Jon Sharman

The discovery last week of Brian Laundrie’s remains in a Florida nature park only deepened the mystery surrounding the death of his fiancée, Gabby Petito, and Laundrie’s role in it. So far, forensic examination has not identified the cause of Laundrie’s death, and authorities have not revealed the contents of a notebook and backpack found at the scene.

Laundrie and Petito had set off on a cross-country trip together over the summer from which Gabby never returned. Laundrie traveled back to his parents’ home without her at the beginning of September, only to go missing himself two days later.

Petito’s disappearance and death and the strange circumstances of Laundrie’s return quickly became one of those headline-grabbing crimes that galvanize the nation’s attention, writes Austin Sarat.

Does Brian Laundrie’s family deserve privacy?

How were Brian Laundrie’s remains missed for 33 days but then found by his parents in a few hours?

Wednesday 27 October 2021 11:14 , Jon Sharman

#icymi

Wednesday, 20 October, began like every other in the 33 days since Brian Laundrie had been reported missing, writes Bevan Hurley.

Then, around midday, came a flurry of news. Chris and Roberta Laundrie were at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and had contacted law enforcement the night before to ask them to accompany them to the site.

Within minutes, a “dry bag” containing personal items belonging to Mr Laundrie had been recovered.

How were Brian Laundrie’s remains found by his parents in a few hours?

Initial post-mortem examination results on Laundrie’s remains inconclusive

Wednesday 27 October 2021 10:01 , Jon Sharman

The initial autopsy on the remains of Brian Laundrie did not uncover a cause of his death and a more intensive examination will be done, a lawyer for his family has said.

Mr Laundrie's skeletal remains found in a Florida nature preserve were identified last week using dental records, according to the FBI.

Mr Laundrie was the subject of a manhunt for more than a month as investigators searched for clues in the slaying of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, during their cross-country van trip together.

Steve Bertolino, the Laundries' attorney, said in text messages that he was told by police the autopsy by the Sarasota County medical examiner did not produce concrete results on Brian Laundrie's death.

"I was told the manner and cause of death were not determined and the remains were sent to an anthropologist (for) further evaluation," Mr Bertolino said.

The medical examiner's office declined comment Monday, as did the FBI office in Denver that is leading the probe.

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