The Sarasota County coroner has been called to a Florida park after articles of clothing and a backpack belonging to fugitive Brian Laundrie were found.
The medical examiner's office confirmed it had been called by the North Port Police Department to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, located on 160 acres of heavily wooded land that connects to the Carlton Reserve, indicating an important discovery may have been uncovered after the Sarasota County Medical Examiner and a cadaver dog located articles of Laundrie's clothing and other belongings.
Partial human remains have also been found in a location at the reserve that had been previously underwater, NBC News reported.
The remains were allegedly found near a backpack that resembled one belonging to Laundrie, a senior law enforcement official told the outlet.
Laundrie's parents directed the FBI and North Port police to the location where "some articles belonging to Brian were found," according to a statement by Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino.
"Chris and Roberta Laundrie went to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park this morning to search for Brian," he said. "The FBI and NPPD were informed last night of Brian's parents' intentions and they met Chris and Roberta there this morning. After a brief search off a trail that Brian frequented some articles belonging to Brian were found. As of now, law enforcement is conducting a more thorough investigation of that area."
Laundrie, the only person of interest in the homicide of Gabby Petito, has been at large for weeks. His parents told police they last saw their son on Sept. 13, two days after Petitio's parents, who live in New York, reported her missing. Laundrie's parents purportedly told authorities their 23-year-old son may have been headed to the Carlton Reserve, a 24,000-acre wildlife preserve near their Florida home, to go camping.
After a nationwide manhunt, Petito's remains were found at a Wyoming national park in September. Last week, the Teton County coroner revealed the 22-year-old travel blogger died from strangulation.
Dr. Brent Blue estimated Petito died three to four weeks before her body was found on Sept. 19 in Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie during the road trip in which she went missing. Courtesy of Rick Stafford / Find Gabby
Petito first went missing over the summer during a cross-country van trip with Laundrie. The young couple stopped at various national parks along the way, posting about their "van life" adventures on social media. They started their summer trip in New York on July 22, making stops in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah.
On Sept. 1, Laundrie returned to his home in Florida without Petito. Her parents filed a missing person's report on Sept. 11. Authorities tried to ask Laundrie questions about Petito's disappearance, but he was uncooperative.
Washington Examiner Videos
Original Author: Barnini Chakraborty
Original Location: Coroner called to Florida preserve after Brian Laundrie's clothes found