Police deny ‘false reports’ about Brian Petito’s DNA – latest updates

Police shut down search of Florida reserve for Brian Laundrie

‘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”.


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.

Jon Sharman27 October 2021 10:01


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


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

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.

Jon Sharman27 October 2021 09:07


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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Maroosha Muzaffar27 October 2021 07:03


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


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


Brian’s parents had no idea why their son fled, lawyer says

Brian Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, have no idea why their son fled the last time he left home in September, according to their attorney.

Steven Bertolino told TMZ that Brian Laundrie’s parents felt that he was “out of sorts” when he left for Carlton Reserve to hike alone last month.

The parents reported him missing on 17 September. And soon the FBI and police launched a massive manhunt in the wildlife reserve.

Mr Bertolino said that the police has not yet told them about the contents of a diary that was found near where Laundrie’s remains were found but said that come of its contents may not be “salvageable.”

Brian Laundrie’s parents have decided not to hold a funeral for their son, his attorney said last week.

Maroosha Muzaffar27 October 2021 05:31


Parents maintain silence after return to Florida home

Brian Laundrie’s parents returned to their North Port, Florida home on Tuesday and maintained strict silence on their son’s death.

Their lawyer, Steven Bertolino, had said that the couple was “grieving privately” away from their home after the remains of their son were found at the Carlton Reserve.

The police, meanwhile, has confirmed that DNA analysis on Brian Laundrie’s remains has not been performed yet but said that the now-deceased fugitive was identified using dental records that matched those of the skeletal remains found in the Florida nature reserve.

Outside Chris and Roberta Laundrie’s home, a number of media persons and protesters have been camping out for weeks.

Maroosha Muzaffar27 October 2021 04:44


Police say ‘very good possibility’ Brian Laundrie was dead when they misidentified mother

North Port police do not believe that the confusion they made in confusing Brian Laundrie with his mother had any major impact on the investigation.

“Other than confusion, it likely changed nothing. There is a very good possibility that Brian was already deceased,” he said. “He still needed to be found,” North Port Public Information Officer Josh Taylor told WFLA.

Graeme Massie27 October 2021 03:00


Petition asks Governor Ron DeSantis to investigate North Port police

The online petition at Change.org asks Mr DeSantis to launch an official probe into the North Port Police Department and has received more than 1,000 signatures.

The petition was seemingly launched by the Facebook group called “Gabby’s Safe Haven 2.0” and is asking for a review of the department’s handling of the case.

“I would like 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 inconsistencies that the public has recieved [sic] in this case is beyond baffling, even before Gabby Petito was offically reported missing,” the petition states.

Graeme Massie27 October 2021 02:00

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