Authorities have reportedly discovered human remains in the Carlton Reserve, where Brian Laundrie was believed to have gone missing when he fled his parent’s Florida home five weeks ago.
A senior law enforcement official told NBC News they had located partial human remains in the vast, alligator-infested swampland in a location that had previously been under water.
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There has not yet been any official confirmation that the remains belong to Mr Laundrie.
Authorities told NBC News a backpack consistent with one belonging to Mr Laundrie had been found near the remains.
A bag containing personal items belonging to Brian Laundrie is removed from the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Wednesday morning
Mr Laundrie had been the subject of an intensive nationwide manhunt since the remains of his girlfriend Gabby Petito were discovered in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming on 19 September.
On Wednesday morning, Mr Laundrie’s parents Chris and Roberta Laundrie went to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park this morning to search for Brian.
They located items belonging to Mr Laundrie, and the family lawyer Steve Bertolino put out a statement soon afterward to say they had found Mr Laundrie’s personal belongings.
Roberta and Chris Laundrie speak to a law enforcement officer on Wednesday
“The FBI and (North Port Police Department) were informed last night of Brian’s parents’ intentions and they met Chris and Roberta there this morning,” the statement said.
“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.”
Footage shot by a news helicopter above the reserve showed a tent has been erected in the location where Mr Laundrie’s items were believed to have been discovered.
The Sarasota County Medical Examiner has been called out to the nature reserve to examine the items.
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