'Bones' found at North Port reserve belong to Brian Laundrie: FBI
Steven Bertolino, the lawyer for Chris and Roberta Laundrie, has reportedly said Brian Laundrie will be cremated when the time comes — and without a funeral.
His parents acknowledged the death of their son in a short and unemotional statement on Thursday, released through their lawyer Mr Bertolino, asking for privacy.
Mr Bertolino wrote on behalf of the Laundrie’s: “We have no further comment at this time and we ask that you respect the Laundrie’s privacy at this time.”
The Petito-Schmidt family attorney Rick Stafford said they would not make any statements on the identification of Gabby Petito’s former fiance until they’re “emotionally ready”.
The FBI confirmed Mr Laundrie’s remains through dental records, suggesting he had been dead for a significant period of time before his remains were found.
It was revealed earlier that the remains found were bones and that it might take some time to make a positive identification.
His belongings, which include a notebook and a backpack, where however described as “salvageable” and may yet provide further clues.
“A comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found at the T Mabry Carlton Jr Memorial Reserve and Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are those of Brian Laundrie,” investigators said in a statement.
No funeral for Brian Laundrie, report says
Chris and Roberta Laundrie will reportedly cremate the remains of Brian Laundrie when the time comes, their lawyer Steven Bertolino has said.
Mr Bertolino told Fox News’s Claudia Kelly-Bazan that there will be no funeral for the 23-year-old either.
It remains unclear when FBI investigations and an anthropological examination will conclude.
Indigenous women condemn media for ignoring ‘epidemic of violence’
Revisit The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe on the striking imbalance – something that was was termed “missing white woman syndrome” by the late Black broadcaster Gwen Ifill in 2004 – of rates of violence against and media coverage for missing women of colour and cases like Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie.
“As native people, we already know we come up against racism on a daily basis, and also a sense of not being important,” said Lynnette Grey-Bull, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. “We understand that if we don’t have blonde hair, or blue eyes, we don’t get to make it on the six o’clock news or front page of the morning edition. These things don’t happen for us.”
Campaigners not angry with family of Gabby Petito but wish their own daughters received some coverage, writes Andrew Buncombe
Last photo of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie together emerges as he is confirmed dead
A photographer who didn’t know the couple snapped Laundrie and Petito together in Utah in the summer. It may be the last candid pictures of them ever taken.
“They stood out because they had the ‘van life’ look to them, and I remember feeling envious because they seemed like enthusiasts,” the photographer told Fox News.
A photographer captured the pair exploring in Utah
Laundrie attorney Steven Bertolino denies deal with FBI and insists parents not facing charges
Gabby Petito’s body was discovered on 19 September in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Her death was ruled a homicide by manual strangulation.
Brian Laundrie left home on 12 September without speaking to police and disappeared. A search for him began on 17 September, but his remains were not located until 20 October after water in the Carlton Reserve receded.
Steven Bertolino, the attorney representing the Laundrie family, told NBC News that charges were discussed but that there was no “threat, no coercion, and no deal was cut” with the FBI.
More from his revealing interview here:
The attorney said he was “a little bit angry” about conspiracy theories claiming the Laundries planted items in the Carlton Reserve
How were Brian Laundrie’s remains missed for 33 days but then found by his parents in a few hours?
Wednesday, 20 October, began like every other in the 33 days since Brian Laundrie was reported missing.
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.
The Independent’s Bevan Hurley on the discovery of Mr Laundrie’s remains:
Brian Laundrie’s parents told law enforcement where to look, how did they miss it?
Can investigators determine if Laundrie killed Petito?
DNA matching to determine if Brian Laundrie killed Gabby Petito may also prove difficult to prove, because of both the nature of the remains that were recovered and that there romantically involved, forensic experts told The Associated Press.
“Reconstruction experts can do amazing things, so I would not be surprised if at some point we got a definitive, or near-definitive, conclusion that Laundrie was the killer,” said Bob Jarvis, a law professor at Florida’s Nova Southeastern University.
How did Brian Laundrie die?
Determining how Brian Laundrie died could be challenging for investigators handling decomposed remains. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that,” retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente told CNN this week. “But what it does mean is that it’s going to be much more difficult to make a good, solid determination as to the cause and manner of death.”
He added: “Unless there’s some kind of major, serious trauma to the skull that can be identified, there might not be a way to determine how he died ... If he drowned, for example, there wouldn’t be any evidence of that on a skeleton.”
Brian Laundrie autopsy fails to establish cause of death
Catch up with the latest: An autopsy on the remains of Brian Laundrie were inconclusive, according to his family’s attorney, and will now be sent to an anthropologist for further examination.
More from The Independent’s Gino Spocchia:
Family of 23-year-old await further clues as to how he died
Brian Laundrie’s parents reveal final moments with him
Brian Laundrie’s parents have said he was “very upset” before he left his home and his father felt helpless when he could not stop him from leaving, according to their family lawyer.
Recounting the moments before Laundrie left his house for Florida’s Carlton reserves, Steven Bertolino told NBC News that Laundrie’s father wished he “did not let him go”.
“Brian was very upset when he left and Chris conveyed to me several times that you know, he wish he did not let him go but he could not stop,” Mr Bertolino said.
Family lawyer says father Chris Laundrie wished he ‘did not let him go’
Laundrie’s remains sent to anthropologist
An autopsy on the remains of Brian Laundrie were inconclusive, according to his family’s attorney, and will now be sent to an anthropologist for further examination.
The body of the missing 23-year-old was found on Wednesday by investigators looking with his family in Carlton Reserve, a 25,000 acre wildlife park in Florida.
It was confirmed as being Mr Laundrie a day later, with family attorney Steven Bertolino telling FOX 13 and other outlets that an autopsy failed to find an official cause of death.
His remains, which North Port police described as “bones”, will now be sent to an anthropologist for further examination, Mr Bertolino said.
Family of 23-year-old await further clues as to how he died
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