The FBI confirmed the human remains recovered in Florida were fugitive Brian Laundrie’s.
A comparison of dental records confirmed Laundrie’s identity, according to the FBI.
Petito family released a statement on confirmation of Brian Laundrie’s remains found in swamp:
“Gabby’s family is not doing interviews or making a statement at this time,” Petito-Schmidt family attorney Rick Stafford said in a statement to Fox News correspondent Laura Ingle.
“They are grieving the loss of their beautiful daughter. Gabby’s family will make a statement at the appropriate time and when they are emotionally ready.”
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the remains found yesterday in the reserve are are indeed Brian’s,” Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino said in a statement to Fox News.
“We have no further comment at this time and we ask you respect the Laundrie family’s privacy at this time.”
These remains were found “along with personal items” of Brian Laundrie including “a backpack and notebook.”
Laundrie’s parents were seen alongside investigators at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, presumably assisting with identifying items in the search.
“These items were found in an area that, up until recently, had been underwater,” special agent Michael McPherson said.
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“Our evidence response team is on scene using all available forensic resources to process the area,” he added.
“It’s likely the team will be on scene for several days.”
Laundrie is now identified specifically as “a person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito.”
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McPherson is no stranger to the case. He was seen Sept. 20 at the Laundrie’s North Port home as agents executed a search warrant.
In response to the update, Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino told Fox News Digital Chris and Roberta Laundrie “were at the reserve earlier today when human remains and some of Brian’s possessions were located.”
Bertolino said the findings were discovered “in an area where they had initially advised law enforcement that Brian may be.” He added: “Chris and Roberta will wait for the forensic identification of the human remains before making any additional comments.”
The FBI’s announcement came hours after Bertolino revealed that “some articles belonging to Brian were found” while the Laundries and law enforcement were searching within the park along a trail that their son was known to frequent.
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