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Brian Laundrie – update: Police deny ‘false reports’ that DNA of remains did not match Gabby Petito fiance

Latest updates as investigation continues

Graig Graziosi,Graeme Massie,Maroosha Muzaffar
Wednesday 27 October 2021 14:00
'Bones' found at North Port reserve belong to Brian Laundrie: FBI

Police investigating the deaths of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie have denied “false reports” that the DNA of human remains found in Florida last week did not match the young man’s.

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

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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

North Port police say no DNA analysis has been conducted on Brian Laundrie’s remains yet

Jon Sharman27 October 2021 14:00
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Analysis: The sad, twisting saga of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie – and what it tells us about America

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 

Many questions remain unanswered, but the case is a tragedy for all concerned, writes Andrew Buncombe

Jon Sharman27 October 2021 13:02
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Opinion: Does Brian Laundrie’s family deserve privacy?

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?

Families of those suspected of terrible crimes pay their own price. As one father of a murderer said, ‘No one is interested in hearing that there was anything remotely good about a killer, so you soldier on in a private battle devoid of public sympathy’

Jon Sharman27 October 2021 12:01
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How were Brian Laundrie’s remains missed for 33 days but then found by his parents in a few hours?

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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?

Brian Laundrie’s parents told law enforcement where to look, how did they miss it?

Jon Sharman27 October 2021 11:14
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Initial post-mortem examination results on Laundrie’s remains inconclusive

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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Jon Sharman27 October 2021 10:01
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Laundrie’s parents decline to comment as they return home

Brian Laundrie’s parents maintained their silence as they returned home from a two-day trip to “grieve privately” following the discovery of their son’s remains.

The couple were approached by Mail Online on Tuesday afternoon but did not comment, according to the website.

Jon Sharman27 October 2021 09:27
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Early police ‘sighting’ of Brian Laundrie was actually his mother in a baseball cap, force admits

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North Port police have admitted they mistook Roberta Laundrie for her son, Brian Laundrie, which is why the department's chief claimed he knew where the man was even though he had been missing for several days.

On 16 September, five days after Gabby Petito was reported missing, North Port Police Chief Tedd Garrison told reporters he knew where Laundrie was located.

In reality, Laundrie had already left his home for the last time, disappearing into the Carlton Reserve, where he would eventually be found dead. It is possible Laundrie was already dead at the time of Mr Garrison's press conference.

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

Laundrie disappeared on 12 September, four days before the police chief claimed to know his location, and may have been dead at the time of the press conference

Jon Sharman27 October 2021 09:07
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Police refute ‘false reports’ that remains found in search for Brian Laundrie did not match his DNA

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.

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Police refute reports on remains not matching Brian Laundrie DNA

North Port police say no DNA analysis has been conducted on Brian Laundrie’s remains yet

Maroosha Muzaffar27 October 2021 07:03
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Mother of missing hiker appeals to ‘bring Cian home’

Gráinne McLaughlin, whose son Cian has been missing in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming since 8 June, has appealed to the public to help her find her son.

The mother of the Irishman, Cian McLaughlin, who was hiking in Grand Teton National Park — where Gabby Petito’s remains were found — urged anyone who may have been in the Wyoming park at that time to help “bring Cian home.”

The official search has been scaled back but the family members of Mr McLaughlin have continued to hike trails to find him. The mother told RTE News: “Cian was an outgoing guy who loved the outdoors.”

She added: “This is not a rescue, it is a recovery but I’d like to bring him home. I know he is up there somewhere.”

An ex-FBI agent, Jennifer Coffindaffer, retweeted the mother’ appeal and said: “Please spread the word. It is hoped that like the discovery of Gabby’s van lead to finding her, someone has seen something that will lead to Cian’s recovery”

Maroosha Muzaffar27 October 2021 07:02
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Conspiracy theorists running wild

Since the skeletal remains of 23-year-old Brian Laundrie were found on 20 October in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, the internet has been flooded with conspiracy theories about the cause of his death.

Some propose that he died by suicide and others theorise that he could yet still be alive.

There was a suicide note circulating online recently and several observers attributed that to Brian Laundrie, saying that he “never intended for any of this”.

However, there has been no word or confirmation from the authorities to give any suggestion that the note is genuine.

Police said that the autopsy results of Brian Laundrie’s remains were inconclusive.

Maroosha Muzaffar27 October 2021 06:13