Brian Laundrie Case Live Updates: Family Lawyer Defends 'Hogwash' Claims Against Parents

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The FBI has confirmed that human remains discovered at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida belong to Brian Laundrie, who was missing for several weeks.

His parents were called to the park on Wednesday after reportedly leading investigators to his body - close to the Carlton Reserve where Laundrie had allegedly gone for a hike and did not return.

The family lawyer, Stephen Bertolino, was forced to defend the parents on national TV last night amid criticism of the parents' behavior - blasting claims that they planted evidence as "hogwash" and explaining why the couple chose not to cooperate with the authorities at the beginning of the investigation.

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50 Cent: 'Gabby got everybody skeletons coming out'

The rapper highlighted on his Instagram page that the search for Brian Laundrie and the wider investigation into Gabby Petito's death has led to the discovery of at least nine remains of missing people in recent weeks.

How did investigators confirm the remains were Brian Laundrie?

Much speculation mounted yesterday as forensics teams analyzed the body discovered at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Wednesday.

But after a day of examination, the FBI confirmed last night that dental records were able to reveal that the skeletal remains belong to Laundrie, bringing weeks of searching for the person of interest to an end.

Florida cops deny claims Laundrie's parents planted evidence

North Port police spokesperson Josh Taylor aimed to shut down speculation last night amid claims of suspicious activity from the parents.

He said rumors the pair planted evidence discovered at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Wednesday are "completely untrue", backing suggestions by the family's lawyer that the claims were "nonsense" and "hogwash".

More Questions Arise From Brian Laundrie's Confirmed Death

The Sarasota County medical examiner didn't expect to identify skeletal remains so soon. But just one day after human bones were found in a Florida preserve, the FBI confirmed that they were those of Brian Laundrie, who was a "person of interest" in the death of Gabby Petito.

The FBI confirmed the news shortly after two police officers were seen leaving the Laundrie's Florida home.

Authorities matched Brian Laundrie's dental records on Thursday to a portion of a human skull found in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. Following the announcement, the family's attorney Steven Bertolino said they would not be providing further comments. Gabby Petito's family also declined to release a statement.

The case of Gabby Petito's death doesn't seem to be closed or still open after the announcement of Laundrie's death. Here are some questions still lingering:

  1. Is the case open or closed?
  2. Was Brian Laundrie ever a suspect in Petito's death?
  3. When will Gabby Petito's parent's speak?
  4. What was the cause of Brian Laundrie's death?
  5. What did Laundrie's parents know, that they aren't saying?
  6. What did the Laundrie family attorney know through his conversation with Brian before the disappearance of Brian?

Bertolino on Thursday night appeared in a NewsNation interview, which was recorded around the same time the announcement was made but aired in the evening, to criticize the public's response to his clients and protestors who gathered outside of the Laundrie's home.

The Laundrie family provided investigators with items belonging to Brian to assist with DNA testing, their attorney said. He also said he had two privileged conversations with Brian on September 12 and September 13, just before he disappeared. Bertolino never saw Laundrie in person after he returned to Florida on September 1.

Following the announcement of Laundrie's death, Bertolino said that while the family didn't necessarily think that he was alive over the past five-week search, they remained optimistic he was.

He said that as each day passed, the family began to understand there may be a grim reality coming.

"Those were confirmed today," Bertolino said.

Laundrie Family Was 'Hopeful' Brian Was Alive: Lawyer

Brian Laundrie's family did not necessarily believe that their son was alive over the past five weeks, but they remained optimistic that he was, their attorney said.

My full interview with Steve Bertolino, attorney for the Laundrie family just moments after the Laundrie parents learned the remains found in the reserve belong to their son #brianlaundrie on #newsnationprime tonight https://t.co/qS1DkTWJDV

— Marni Hughes (@MarniHughesTV) October 22, 2021

"We were hopeful that he was alive, um, because we had not heard from him and there was no sign of him after all of the search efforts that law enforcement had made," Steven Bertolino told NewsNation Reporter Marnie Hughes on Thursday evening. "Obviously each passing day, into a week, we understood that there might be a grim reality coming in the future."

He added, "Those were confirmed today."

Bertolino's comments come after the reporter questioned him on whether he or the Laundrie family had any contact with Brian after he left his home on September 13 to go for a hike but never returned. His parents, Chris and Roberta, reported him missing on September 17.

Laundrie Family Provided Items to Help With DNA Testing

The Laundrie family provided investigators with items belonging to Brian to assist with DNA testing, their attorney said on Thursday.

Steven Bertolino said his clients were not asked to identify the human remains located in Florida because they had "previously provided items for DNA testing and confirmation."

"It's my understanding that's what was used to identify the remains," Bertolino said on NewsNation.

Investigators announced on Thursday that a portion of a human skull was among the skeletal remains found in the search for Brian Laundrie. Using dental records, the FBI was able to confirm the bones belonged to Laundrie.

The Sarasota County medical examiner initially said an ID could take one to two days but didn't expect to have any announcements on Thursday. Hours later, federal investigators confirmed the remains found at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park were of Brian Laundrie.

Laundrie family lawyer blames protestors for causing "ruckus" outside his client's home

Laundrie family lawyer Steven Bertolino blamed protestors outside of his client's Florida home for causing a "ruckus."

Bertolino said the situation has become a "circus" and said he doesn't understand all of the questions coming from the public during a Thursday evening interview on NewsNation.

The attorney added that he wants all of the protestors to go away so that the Laundries can grieve. Earlier today, the FBI announced that skeletal remains found Wednesday belong to Brian Laundrie.

Bertolino was also critical of the public's response to the case and the troubling accusations that have been made regarding his clients. He said during the interview that he was frustrated and angry.

Protestors have regularly gathered outside of the Laundrie's Florida home to display signs, chant and ask questions.

Brian Laundrie Had Privileged Conversation With Lawyer Before Disappearing

Brian Laundrie had two privileged conversations with his family's lawyer just before he disappeared, according to the attorney on Thursday night.

Attorney Steven Bertolino said he last spoke with Brian Laundrie on September 12 and September 13, but said that the conversation is privileged—a legal rule that protects communications between certain types of relationships such as attorneys and their client or prospective client.

The lawyer had been friends with Brian's father, Chris Laundrie, for more than 25 years and was happy to assist him legally, Bertolino said during a Thursday night interview.

Bertolino added he's spoken with Chris and Roberta Laundrie at least twice a day for the past two months, but that had not seen Brian in person following his return to Florida on September 1.

Laundrie was reported missing by his parents on September 17. They initially said their son left the house to go hiking on September 14 but later corrected the date to September 13.

Laundrie Lawyer Calls Evidence Planting Rumors 'Hogwash'

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said anyone thinking that his clients planted their son's personal belongings during Wednesday's search is "hogwash."

#NewsNationPrime: Bertolino states anyone thinking the #Laundrie’s planting items is “hogwash”.

— JusticeforGabbs (@GabbsJustice) October 22, 2021

Bertolino expressed his anger and frustration over the accusations and used the word because he didn't want to say "bullsh*t" during the NewsNation Prime interview. However, he added that it is.

Chris and Roberta Laundrie, accompanied by law enforcement, assisted with the search in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park when authorities located items belonging to Brian Laundrie near skeletal remains now identified as his.

During the search, Chris located Brian's white bag on one side of the trail while authorities located his son's notebook and backpack on the other.

Bertolino previously dismissed rumors that his clients planted evidence in the Florida reserve.

How to Watch Interview with Brian Laundrie's Lawyer

The attorney for Brian Laundrie's family will discuss the case on NewsNation on Thursday night.

Steven Bertolino's interview with NewsNation Prime reporter Marni Hughes is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. ET. It can be streamed on YouTube TV, Hulu, fuboTV, Vidgo, Sling and DirecTV Stream.

Viewers who have a television provider can log into newsnationnow.com to connect to the live TV service or utilize the organization's free NewsNation Now app.

Just moments after learning remains found in FL reserve are #brianlaundrie - I speak with the Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino. My full interview tonight on #newsnationprime at 9/8c. I ask about search in the reserve, the parents, #GabbyPetito & ethical questions. pic.twitter.com/4aS9531lMk

— Marni Hughes (@MarniHughesTV) October 21, 2021

To find the NewsNation channel on an actual television, visit newsnationnow.com/channel-finder/ and input your zip code.

The lawyer's conversation will focus on the search in the SW Florida reserve, Laundrie's parents, Gabby Petito and ethical questions surrounding the case.

Starting at 11 p.m., the channel's shows are rebroadcast.

Laundrie Family Lawyer to Discuss Case This Evening

Steven Bertolino, the family attorney for Brian Laundrie's family, will appear on NewsNationNow for an interview this evening.

Just moments after learning remains found in FL reserve are #brianlaundrie - I speak with the Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino. My full interview tonight on #newsnationprime at 9/8c. I ask about search in the reserve, the parents, #GabbyPetito & ethical questions. pic.twitter.com/4aS9531lMk

— Marni Hughes (@MarniHughesTV) October 21, 2021

The interview with Marni Hughes is set to air at 9 p.m. ET and will focus on the search in the SW Florida reserve, Laundrie's parents, Gabby Petito and ethical questions surrounding the case.

NewsNation is available for streaming available on YouTube TV, HULU, fuboTV, Vidgo, Sling and DirecTV Stream. Viewers can also watch the interview by logging into newsnationnow.com with their television provider.

Reporter Brian Entin said on Twitter that there will be "a lot of new nuggets" in his coworker's interview with Bertolino.

Petito Family Will Not Release Statement Following Death of Brian Laundrie

Gabby Petito's family will not issue a statement after the FBI confirmed skeletal human remains found on Wednesday belong to Brian Laundrie.

From the Petito Family attorney: “Gabby’s family is not doing interviews or making a statement at this time. They are grieving the loss of their beautiful daughter. Gabby’s family will make a statement at the appropriate time and when they are emotionally ready.

— Kristin Thorne (@KristinThorne) October 21, 2021

"Gabby's family is not doing interviews or making a statement at this time. They are grieving the loss of their beautiful daughter. Gabby's family will make a statement at the appropriate time and when they are emotionally ready," lawyer Richard Stafford said.

The FBI confirmed human remains found at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are those of Brian Laundrie after comparing his dental records with a portion of skull recovered.

FBI Confirms Human Remains Are Brian Laundrie

Steven Bertolino, the family attorney for Brian Laundrie's family, confirmed to reporters that the remains found on Wednesday belong to Brian.

Bertolino confirmed the news after two police officers were seen leaving the home on Thursday evening.

"Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the remains found yesterday in the reserve are indeed BRian's. We have no further comment at this time and we ask that you respect the Laundrie's privacy at this time," a text from the attorney read.

The FBI also confirmed the remains belonged to Brian Laundrie.

FBI confirms remains found are #BrianLaundrie’s 👇🏽 https://t.co/stCVuLm3Az

— Jossie Carbonare (@JossieCarbonare) October 21, 2021

Human Skull Among Partial Remains Found in Laundrie Search

A part of a human skull is among the partial skeletal remains located Wednesday in Florida's Carlton Reserve.

A "portion" of a human skull is part of the skeletal remains found in the search for #BrianLaundrie, according to sources talking to @PeteWilliamsNBC

From #WFLANow today: if a skull was found, dental records could be an additional means of confirming the identity of the remains.

— J.B. Biunno (@WFLAJB) October 21, 2021

Two senior law enforcement officers told NBC News that a "portion" of a skull was among the human remains found by the FBI. The remains were previously described as "skeletal" but investigators did not provide further details about the bones.

Depending on what part of the skull was found, dental records could be used to help identify the remains. Forensic testing is currently ongoing but the Sarasota County medical examiner didn't expect to have an ID by Thursday.

Chris Laundrie accepts delivery to home

The Laundrie family brought a gift delivery inside their home, something that rarely happens, according to a Florida reporter.

Chris Laundrie came outside for a bouquet of flowers w/ a balloon that was delivered to the home about an hour before. I've been out here more than a dozen times and haven't really ever seen him grab the delivery before. Usually they go to waste outside @winknews pic.twitter.com/MhfZwYzVfR

— Dannielle Garcia WINK News (@Dannielle_Garci) October 21, 2021

Brian Laundrie's father Chris exited his home to bring in a bouquet of flowers with a yellow heart balloon around an hour after it was delivered, according to WINK News reporter Dannielle Garcia.

Garcia said that she's been outside of the Laundrie's home more than a dozen times and she's never really seen Chris Laundrie accept a delivery.

"Usually they go to waste outside," she tweeted.

Laundrie's Parents Likely Struck Deal with Investigators: Ex-FBI Agent

A former FBI agent thinks that Brian Laundrie's parents probably struck a deal with investigators to avoid criminal charges in the death of Gabby Petito.

Stuart Kaplan, who now works as a criminal defense attorney, told the Daily Mail authorities likely issued the Laundries an ultimatum that forced them to help police locate their son or face charges related to obstruction of justice.

"There's no doubt that Brian Laundrie's parents are fully engaged with law enforcement," Kaplan said. "I do believe that there was some sort of agreement where they accepted immunity in exchange for their full cooperation."

Kaplan added that if the parents mislead federal agents or gave them false information, they could be prosecuted for obstruction of justice and spend five years in prison.

"I think from the very beginning that Brian Laundrie's parents were torn between wanting to protect their son and not wanting to cross a line that would put them in the crosshairs of law enforcement," said Kaplan.

The Laundrie family's attorney, Steve Bertolino, said his clients Chris and Roberta were assisting investigators in the search for Brian on Wednesday when they located a white bag belonging to him. Police also discovered a backpack and notebook belonging to Brian near unidentified skeletal remains.

Laundrie Family Attorney Won't Comment on Brian's Innocence

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino won't say whether or not he thinks Brian is innocent.

When asked if the #Laundrie’s believe Brian is innocent, Bertolino said “I can’t comment on that.”
 
However, he said “this is a tragic event a series of events at this point two families have been destroyed, two young lives have been lost & it’s just a tragedy all around.”

— Jossie Carbonare (@JossieCarbonare) October 21, 2021

Bertolino was asked whether he believes Brian Laundrie is innocent during an interview with a WPBF. He replied, "I can't comment on that."

The lawyer continued, "this is a tragic event a series of events at this point two families have been destroyed, two young lives have been lost and it's just a tragedy all around."

Bertolino previously said that "the probability is pretty high" that skeletal remains located in Florida's Carlton Reserve belong to Laundrie, the medical examiner has not yet identified them.

No timeline set for identification of human remains

The skeletal remains found are currently being worked on by the medical examiner, a timeline has not been set for a release of an identification.

"I don't know when the ID process will be complete," Dr. Russell Vega told Florida news outlet, WFLA.

Brian Laundrie search: 'Skeletal' remains found in Carlton Reserve being worked on, no timeline set for ID https://t.co/ubcWVvZgIO pic.twitter.com/vzzNV2DNo7

— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) October 21, 2021

K-9 handler weighs in on cadaver dogs used

K-9 handler and former police officer, Kyle Heyen, tells News Nation Now it is "highly suspicious" that cadaver dogs may have missed the skeletal remains that were recently found, even if they were underwater.

"If the body had been there, when they went by with cadaver dogs, and the body had been there for more than two or three minutes, the odor would have come through the water," Kyle Heyen said.

He continued to say, "If the dogs are well trained, well maintained, and we're in that area, then yeah, they should have smelled the odor of the human".

Search for evidence continues near Carlton Reserve

The helicopter for local news station, WFLA, shows the closed off reserve as law officials continue to investigate the area.

.@WFLA The search for evidence continues.@WFLAJB #BrianLaundrie #GabbyPetitoCase #wfla pic.twitter.com/moHoYEgppz

— Eagle 8 WFLA (@8_plamison) October 21, 2021

While the temporary FAA flight restrictions are still in place, the helicopter has to stay above 3,000 feet within a five-mile radius, the pilot said on Twitter.

Remains found are reportedly skeletal remains

The remains found at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are described as "skeletal remains and bones", according to News Nation Now reporter Brian Entin.

We have learned the remains found in the Carlton Reserve were "skeletal remains."
"Bones."

— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) October 21, 2021

Medical examiner doesn't expect to have an ID on human remains today, reports say

The Sarasota County medical examiner does not expect to have an identification today for the human remains found at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, according to News Nation Now reporter Brian Entin.

NEW: The medical examiner says he does not expect to have an identification of the remains today.

— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) October 21, 2021

Woman sues Chris Laundrie for removing a sign she made in protest

A Florida woman is suing Brian Laundrie's father for removing a sign she made and placed outside his home as part of a protest.

Andra Griffin filed a complaint with the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court in Sarasota County Monday claiming Chris Laundrie "walked up to the sign, stole it and walked back onto his property" on October 16.

The sign read "What if it was Cassie?," referring to Brian Laundrie's sister.

Griffin asked the court to order Laundire to reimburse her $40 "plus court fees, any other costs and for such other and further relief deemed just and proper."

She claims she "contributed funds" and helped construct the sign as part of "peaceful protests" in response to the ongoing investigation into the death of Gabby Petito and the search for Brian Laundrie.

News helicopter flying over Carlton Reserve

The WFLA Eagle 8 news chopper is flying over Carlton Reserve.

While the temporary FAA flight restrictions are still in place, the helicopter has to stay above 3,000 feet within a five-mile radius, the pilot said on Twitter.

.@WFLA Flying to Carlton Reserve now …. @WFLAJB @BrianEntin #BrianLaundries pic.twitter.com/hzhuWbEVym

— Eagle 8 WFLA (@8_plamison) October 21, 2021

WFLA reporter J.B Biunno said the cloud cover and temporary flight restriction "are complicating things considerably."

#Eagle8HD is up over the reserve where the human remains were found in the #BrianLaundrie search, however, cloud cover and the TFR are complicating things considerably.

We're working on a stream; I'll tweet out when our coverage is set to begin.

— J.B. Biunno (@WFLAJB) October 21, 2021

Lee County Sheriff describes "treacherous" conditions of reserve

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno spoke to the media Thursday afternoon after his first visit to the reserve.

He described the "treacherous" conditions, including chest-deep water, rattlesnakes and alligators, that law enforcement has endured since the search for Brian Laundrie began.

Marceno offered no new information pertaining to the search.

He told reporters that he will "never jeopardize the investigation" and will give information "when the time is right."

His remarks were brief and left without taking any questions.

North Port Police reportedly set to join press conference

Media teams are gathering outside the entrance to Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park await a press conference from local law enforcement.

There are some reports that North Port Police will also join the briefing.

We’re awaiting a news briefing with @SheriffLeeFL and @NorthPortPolice. Updates and stream on @mysuncoast FB page pic.twitter.com/659ZRimfGy

— Daniela Hurtado (@DaniCHurtado_) October 21, 2021

Lee County Sheriff working with North Port Police

The Lee County Sheriff Office confirms Sheriff Carmine Marceno will soon provide a statement to the press.

Sheriff Marceno is expected to make a statement shortly. Please stay tuned to our social media for updates.

— Lee County Sheriff (@SheriffLeeFL) October 21, 2021

Lee county sheriff to hold press conference

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno was spotted on the scene at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park working with North Port Police.

Marceno will hold a press conference at the park soon, according to local reports.

#MomentsAgo Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno on-scene. He spoke with members of the @NorthPortPolice.@SheriffLeeFL have been aiding in search efforts for #BrianLaundrie. When asked why he was here at the park he said this was, “one family, one team.” #GabbyPetito @Fox4Now pic.twitter.com/X6H6fxUwQ0

— Calvin Lewis (@CalvinLewisTV) October 21, 2021

Basket of dirty laundry placed outside Laundrie home

A basket of dirty laundry was placed outside the Laundrie home along with a memorial for Gabby Petito, according to reporters at the scene.

"Dirty laundry" has been used as a nickname for Brian Laundrie and his parents by people who believe the family is concealing information from the police about Gabby Petito's death.

A basket of “dirty laundry” outside the Laundries’ home. As well as a memorial to Gabby Petito. #nbc4ny pic.twitter.com/25je6Wqfox

— Pei-Sze Cheng (@PeiSzeCheng4NY) October 21, 2021

The environment may make it difficult to identify cause of death of recovered remains

A forensic pathologist says that it will be difficult for officials to determine the cause of death of the human remains found in Carlton Reserve Wednesday.

Dr. Michael Baden told Fox & Friends Thursday that this determination will depend on the environment and wildlife in the reserve.

"The most important thing will be what kind of animal activity there was during the past, perhaps, five weeks that he has been missing," he said. "Remember, they have insects, rodents and alligators there, so that won't affect the identification, but will affect the cause of death and that is what the medical examiner in Sarasota will be working on for the next couple of days."

More K9s 'sent out to Carlton Reserve' - reports

A reporter from Florida station WPBF25 News received a text message confirming that separate units were being sent to the area for further searches.

Carlton Reserve is attached to Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, where belongings thought to belong to Brian Laundrie were recovered by the FBI yesterday.

JUST IN: I’m told more human remains detection K9’s from Pasco County Sheriff’s Office have been sent out to the Carlton Reserve in addition to the one already sent out yesterday to help after human remains were found near #BrianLaundrie’s backpack and notebook. pic.twitter.com/kSjt0G15vj

— Jossie Carbonare (@JossieCarbonare) October 21, 2021

Florida farm spells out 'RIP Gabby' in its corn maze

Hunsader Farms, based in Manatee County, has created the gesture to "pay tribute" to her and the Petitio family.

With this being so close to home and heavy on our hearts, we wanted to pay tribute to Gabby and her family. This National story has not just helped find Gabby, but has helped find other missing persons. To Gabby's family: our thoughts and prayers are with you!

No fly zone over Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in place until Friday

The restrictions put in place by the FAA - a temporary suspension on flights over the park - are set to last until 5pm EDT/4pm CDT/2pm PDT.

It means planes, helicopters, and drones are not allowed to fly in a five-mile radius up to 3,000 feet above the park while the investigator.

Flight ban in place at Myakkahatchee Creek
The entrance to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on October 20, 2021 in North Port, Florida Mark Taylor/Getty Images

'Probability is strong' that human remains found are Brian Laundrie's

The Laundrie family's attorney, Steve Bertolino, told CNN that it was likely the remains discovered yesterday, alongside items of clothing, was that of the person of interest.

The probability is strong that it is Brian's remains, but we're going to wait for the forensic results to come in and verify that.

The results are expected in the coming days as speculation mounts about Laundrie's whereabouts and how much his parents are involved in the case.

WATCH: Brian Laundrie's parents at scene park where

Footage captured by a Fox reporter shows Christopher and Roberta Laundrie at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on the same day the FBI discovered items of clothing belonging to their son and human remains.

The footage - and the discoveries - have raised serious questions about what the parents could know and may be withholding from investigators.

The parents of fugitive Brian Laundrie, ventured into Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park today, where Fox News Digital saw an officer apparently tell parents that law enforcement "might have found something." @FoxNews @FoxNewsDigital #gabbypetitio #BrianLaundrie pic.twitter.com/KNo9WZyM5a

— Laura Ingle NOT Ingraham (@lauraingle) October 20, 2021

Nine bodies found since spike in missing person cases interest

The Gabby Petito case has seen a renewed interest in many missing person cases in the U.S. which many people believe had not received enough attention.

The national manhunt for Brian Laundrie has uncovered several other tragic victims - including the remarkably similar case of 22-year-old Emily Ferlazzo, who was reported missing by her parents on Monday after her husband, Joseph Ferlazzo, returned to her parent's house in New Hampshire to tell them he had not seen his wife for several days.

The remains of Sara Bayard, 55, were also found just off a highway in El Paso County, Colorado, where Petito and Laundrie had visited on their travels, the Mail Online reports. Josue Calderon, 33, was too discovered stabbed to death along the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina.

What do psychologists and criminologists think about Brian Laundrie?

Dr. James Huysman, a Florida-based psychologist and Cheif Compassion Officer for WellMed, told the Sun newspaper earlier this week that he "sees plenty of personality disorders in Laundrie after watching footage of the police bodycam after officers were called to a domestic incident between him and fiancée Gabby Petito.

This is pretty much something that happens in America and around the world, pretty much under the radar.

Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Ralph Cilento, told Insider he believed police hadn't charged Laundrie in Petito's death because then he would have the absolute right to counsel, so are instead looking to arrest him on the basis of bank-card-fraud after he used Petito's card following her death.

The reason why they did it for that and not the homicide is because if you swear a warrant out for him for homicide - and you indict him for that - you can't talk to him if absolute right to counsel attaches.

Laundrie family attorney forced to defend parents

Steven Bertolino told CNN last night that he instructed Brian Laundrie's parents to remain silent and not to talk to authorities initially.

"You don't have to be a lawyer to be suspicious when someone won't cooperate with looking for someone they supposedly care about," host Chris Cuomo said, "what is the good reason that they wouldn't want to speak to authorities or to their fiance, their son's fiance's family?"

Mr Bertolino responded bluntly, saying "I told them not to".

Everybody has the right to remain silent, and that's what I told my clients, and that's what they did. This is the advice I gave them, this is the advice they're taking, that's on me.

Spotlight turns to actions of Brian Laundrie's parents

Questions are now being asked about why the person of interest's parents did not cooperate with the authorities at the outset of the investigation into the murder of Gabby Petito.

Speaking to reporters, former U.S. marshall Lenny DePaul said there are actions that "just don't make sense" and that he believes Laundrie's parents helped him.

I think Brian's parents did help him. Gabby lived in Florida with them, they got engaged, he shows up in the van without her. What does he tell his parents? 'So we broke up, I left her out there I just decided to drive the van back home and, you know, let's go camping.

FBI gives hardly any clues to Brian Laundrie's whereabouts as new evidence emerges

The FBI announced Wednesday that partial human remains were located near Brian Laundrie's personal belongings in Florida's Carlton Reserve.

Although authorities have not yet identified the remains, they said Laundrie's backpack and notebook were discovered by police, and they officially named him a person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito.

Steven Bertolino, the Laundrie family attorney, said his clients called him to say they wanted to help search the reserve in an area where they previously advised police their son may be. The couple was on the scene when the remains were found, and Chris Laundrie even located one white bag that belonged to Brian in addition to his son's backpack and notebook discovered by investigators.

The remains were found "about 2 to 3 miles inside the Carlton Reserve, or about a 45-minute walk" from the entrance of the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, according to North Port Police Spokesperson Josh Taylor. The area of the park was previously underwater and Taylor described the terrain of the search area a month ago as "rough" and "unforgiving."

Experts including a former federal prosecutor, a former New York Police Department chief and a former D.C. homicide detective all stated the remains likely belonged to Laundrie, and they hoped the recovered notebook would provide insight into the details surrounding Petito's death.

Bertolino told CNN's Chris Cuomo that he initially instructed Brian's parents not to speak with authorities or Gabby Petito's family, but that his clients would probably make a statement after the remains have been identified. The medical examiner said it could take one or two days to identify the remains, but it may take longer.

Former D.C. homicide cop says the unidentified human remains in Florida are not likely intact

A former homicide detective from Washington D.C. told Fox News that the unidentified human remains found Wednesday by the FBI in Florida are not likely intact.

Ted Williams said that it's unlikely the partial remains were well preserved due to the area being underwater for a time before they were located.

He continued, "We ... know that they brought out today ... cadaver dogs. That leads me to believe that the body itself may not have been completely intact, and they were using cadaver dogs to find perhaps [additional] ... body part[s]."

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office confirmed Wednesday that a canine detected human remains on the reserve near items belonging to Brian Laundrie, but they could not say for sure that they were his remains. A Sarasota County medical examiner was also called to the scene.

If the body does belong to Brian Laundrie, Williams also questioned how the 23-year-old died.

"It is more likely than not that if this is Brian Laundrie, I would have to believe that he died, perhaps as a result of a gunshot wound ... Let's say maybe he took some medicine in, you know, conked out in that way. But the most likely source would perhaps be that he would be by gunshot, and I'm sure they are looking to see if, in fact, they can find a weapon in that whole area right now," he said.

Following the discovery of the remains, the FBI confirmed that "items of interest" were found in connection to the search for Laundrie.

Laundrie family lawyer told them not to speak with authorities

Steven Bertolino, the Laundrie family attorney, told CNN's Chris Cuomo that he initially instructed Brian's parents not to speak with authorities or Gabby Petito's family.

Cuomo questioned the lawyer about what good reason Chris and Roberta Laundrie would have for declining to speak with police in the search for Gabby Petito.

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino says he instructed Brian’s parents initially not to speak to authorities or Gabby Petito’s family.

“I can tell you the reason,” he tells @ChrisCuomo. “I told them not to…Everybody has the right to remain silent.” pic.twitter.com/tQ5iDYMmtn

— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) October 21, 2021

"You can label it good reason but I can tell you the reason," Bertolino said. "I told them not to."

Cuomo then asked why the family wouldn't speak if they have nothing to hide.

Bertolino replied that people have a number of individual rights and, as a defense attorney, he told his clients that "everyone has the right to remain silent, and that's what they did."

The reporter pushed back, saying that having the right to do something, and it being the right thing to do, are different.

When asked whether Brian Laundrie's parents will reveal what they know if the human remains discovered by the FBI are identified as his, Bertolino said it's not the right time to discuss that.

"It may come out in the future, it may not. Right now we are just going to wait for the forensic results," Bertolino said before adding that they may come back to the subject sometime in the future.

Former NYPD Chief calls latest updates 'quite strange'

A former New York Police Department chief called the latest findings in the search for Brian Laundrie "quite strange."

Former NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said the latest involvement of Brian's parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, is too strange not to believe "that something is amiss here," during a Wednesday interview with WABC-TV.

"The day the park reopens, they go into this specific area ... they go to this exact spot and they find the backpack and they identify the backpack from what I understand and the notebook in this particular area, so it's quite strange," Boyce said, before continuing that a lot of things don't add up.

He continued, "So, they go to this one location, this remote location where it's a path where people go by ... and they're being told by the FBI agent that all of a sudden we found something, we found the remains ... so there's a lot of things here that don't add up to coincidence, so you wonder how they got there and what they knew all along."

The former chief added that his gut tells him Laundrie's parents received a tip from someone and he expects more information will be revealed in the next few days.

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said his clients called him Tuesday to say they wanted to help search the reserve, which had previously been underwater, and law enforcement met them at 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Bertolino said the couple was walking on a trail with two officers on either side when Chris found a bag containing some of Brian's belongings and police found his backpack near the unidentified remains.

Prior to the search, the Laundrie family had been criticized for their perceived lack of cooperation with law enforcement.

Gov; Ron DeSantis spoke with Gabby Petito's father prior to FBI announcement

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke with Gabby Petito's father Wednesday afternoon prior to the FBI's announcement about the discovery of unidentified human remains in Carlton Reserve near items belonging to Brian Laundrie.

DeSantis previously directed all state agencies to help local and federal authorities in locating Laundrie.

"We need justice in this case. This is somebody who, this beautiful young girl and to just see her murdered like that...we need answers 100%," DeSantis said.

After the governor's meeting with Petito's father, the FBI announced partial human remains had been found in the area where they had been searching for the 23-year-old.

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said Brian's parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, were on the scene assisting with the search when the remains were found along with a number of Brian's personal items.

Chris located a bag containing some of his son's belongings on one side of the trail while police found a backpack on the other side close to the remains, according to Bertolino.

Family, investigators find separate belongings to Brian Laundrie

Brian Laundrie's parents recovered some of his items during Wednesday's search in addition to the backpack and human remains located by law enforcement.

More: Bertolino says his clients called him yesterday and said they wanted to search the reserve since it was back open. Bertolino says he called police and told them the Laundries would be at the reserve at 7am today. He says police met them out here. https://t.co/6cYE5Y4FXr

— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) October 21, 2021

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said that Chris and Roberta Laundrie called him yesterday to say they wanted to help search the reserve—which had previously been underwater. The lawyer then called police to say his clients would be at Carlton Reserve around 7 a.m. this morning, and law enforcement met them there.

Two separate bags were found, according to a report.

Bertolino said the couple and two officers were spread out on either side of the trail. At one point, Chris Laundrie found a bag containing some of his son's items.

Later, police found Brian's backpack, which was mentioned during the FBI press briefing, on the other side of the trail near the unidentified human remains.

Bertolino previously told reporters that Laundrie's parents assisted during the search when the remains were located but the couple would not be providing commenting until they are identified.

Flowers delivered to Laundrie home after FBI announcement that human remains were found

Flowers were delivered to Brian Laundrie's home in Southwest Florida following an FBI announcement that unidentified human remains were discovered with items belonging to the 23-year-old.

The package was delivered to Chris and Roberta Laundrie around 4 p.m. on Wednesday according to a reporter on the scene. The delivery occurred less than an hour before the FBI provided an update on the case.

Flowers just delivered to #BrianLaundrie’s house pic.twitter.com/DxCag95bb8

— Shannon Clowe (@ShannonCwtsp) October 20, 2021

FBI Special Agent in charge Michael McPherson said that police located partial human remains in Carlton Reserve near a backpack and notebook that belonged to Laundrie, though the remains have not been confirmed as his. The area had been underwater until recently, investigators said.

The FBI also announced that Laundrie was named as a person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito, rather than a suspect in her disappearance.

Questions abound over what was in Brian Laundrie's notebook

With the discovery of partial human remains and personal items belonging to Brian Laundrie, experts believe a notebook will answer some lingering questions in the case.

Criminologist Casey Jordan said during a CNN interview that if Laundrie died by his own hand, there may be an explanation or note of regret inside the notebook that would give answers to investigators and Gabby Petito's family.

"I think that if that notebook is there, there's a very good chance there could be a note," Jordan said. "We the public may never know the content, I'm not sure that we get to know."

Jordan continued to say it's likely the notebook will contain some answers, but that if it doesn't, "we may never know the exact answers of what happened to Gabby."

Jordan added that scenario would likely be very hard for the family to deal with.

Neama Rahmani, a former assistant U.S. Attorney, offered a similar analysis. He told Newsweek that if the remains belong to Laundrie and he died by suicide, it's "more likely" the notebook contains details about what happened to Petito.

Former federal prosecutor says human remains found "likely" are Brian Laundrie

Human remains discovered in Florida's Carlton Reserve "likely" belong to Brian Laundrie and indicate that the case may be concluding, according to a former federal prosecutor.

"Law enforcement found a backpack and notebook, that's key evidence. It's certainly likely that those human remains they found belong to Brian Laundrie, unless he was trying to plant evidence next to someone else's remains to throw law enforcement off his tracks," Neama Rahmani, a former assistant U.S. Attorney and the current president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, told Newsweek in a statement.

Rahmani continued that if the remains do belong to Laundrie, he was either killed by an animal or person, or he died by suicide.

"If he killed himself, it's much more likely that he wrote something in the notebook about Gabby. That's what people who kill themselves often do, they open up about everything so their family and friends know what they had been dealing with before their death," the lawyer said.

Closure in the case and for Petito's family may be more difficult to come by if Laundrie is deceased, Rahmani added.

"But there's no question that Gabby was killed and by far the most reasonable explanation is that Brian Laundrie did it," he said.

FBI says Brian Laundrie a 'person of interest' in Gabby Petito murder

Brian Laundrie has been named as a person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito.

The FBI's announcement came after partial human remains were discovered Wednesday in a search area of the Carlton Reserve that had been underwater until recently. Investigators also discovered a backpack and notebook that they believe belonged to Laundrie.

"As you're aware, the FBI and the North Port Police Department and our state and local law enforcement partners have been searching the area of the Carlton Reserve for Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito," FBI Tampa Division Special Agent in Charge Michael McPherson said.

A federal arrest warrant for Laundrie was issued last month in relation to the 23-year-old's "activities following the death of Gabrielle Petito," but not for her actual death. The FBI alleged that Laundrie "knowingly and with intent to defraud, used one or more unauthorized access devices, namely a Capitol One Bank debit card" and personal identification numbers for two accounts.

"The FBI is focusing on locating Brian and when that occurs the specifics of the charges covered under the indictment will be addressed in the proper forum," the family's attorney Steve Bertolino said.

Laundrie was previously considered a person of interest in Petito's disappearance prior to today's announcement. He was reported missing by his family on September 17.

Protestors have gathered outside of Brian Laundrie's house following the FBI's announcement that unidentified human remains were located in the search area for the 23-year-old.

Protestors back at #BrianLaundrie’s house pic.twitter.com/YwTuO2lKrY

— Shannon Clowe (@ShannonCwtsp) October 20, 2021

Since the news of Gabby Petito's disappearance broke, groups have regularly protested outside of the Florida home Petito shared with the Laundries. Others have expressed their condolences for the young woman's death by leaving flowers and handwritten signs.

Brian Laundrie's parents, Chris and Roberta, were present during law enforcement's search of Carlton Reserve today when the remains were located near other items believed to belong to Brian.

The family's attorney, Steven Bertolino, said that the possessions, including a backpack and notebook, were located in an area where the family told authorities Brian may be.

"Chris and Roberta will wait for the forensic identification of the human remains before making any additional comments," Bertolino said in a text to reporters.

Brian Laundrie's Parents Present When Remains Were Found

Brian Laundrie's parents were present when authorities found human remains, according to the family's attorney Steven Bertolino.

Steven Bertolino told reporters that Chris and Roberta Laundrie were present during the search of Carlton Reserve today when law enforcement located unidentified human remains near some of Brian's backpack and notebook.

#BrianLaundrie attorney Steven Bertolino on FBI presser revealing unidentified human remains found near Brian’s backpack & notebook 👇 pic.twitter.com/CMCLzQyHS4

— Jossie Carbonare WPBF25 (@wpbf_jossie) October 20, 2021

"Some of Brian's possessions were located in an area where they had initially advised law enforcement Brian may be," the text from Bertolino read. "Chris and Roberta will wait for the forensic identification of the human remains before making any additional comments."

The statement comes the same day as an FBI announcement stating that human remains were found in the reserve, but they were yet to be identified.

FBI Special Agent in charge Michael McPherson said law enforcement doesn't have all the answers but response teams will be processing the scene and the reserve will remain closed to the public.

FBI confirms human remains found near Brian Laundrie's belongings

FBI Special Agent in charge Michael McPherson said law enforcement found unidentified human remains in the park near a backpack and notebook belonging to Brian Laundrie.

"We don't have all the answers yet," McPherson said.

The FBI did not confirm if the remains belong to Laundrie.

Response teams will be processing the scene for the next few days and the reserve will remain closed to the public.

He took no questions and after the brief update, protestors chanted "Justice for Gabby."

WATCH: FBI delivers statement on Laundrie search

The FBI will hold a media briefing outside of the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park soon "concerning today's developments in the search for Brian Laundrie."

The press is currently setting up microphones outside the park entrance.

You can watch live on WFLA's stream.

WATCH LIVE. We will air the FBI news conference for you live at 4:30 p.m. on all platforms we stream on or at https://t.co/FSPJY5Ciub @WFLA

— Josh Benson (@WFLAJosh) October 20, 2021

Flight restriction issued over Florida Park

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a temporary flight restriction over the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park where articles belonging to Brain Laundrie were found.

Aircrafts, including drones, are not allowed to fly in the area above the park. The restriction is set to expire on October 22 at 4 p.m. ET, according to the FAA website.

The flight restriction alert says it was put in place for "Special Security Reasons."

This will prevent news helicopters from getting footage of the search area where tents are set up in the park.

Area where remains were found was previously underwater

The area of Carlton Reserve where human remains were found was previously underwater, a senior law enforcement official told NBC.

Police have searched this area in September when the reserve was flooded and muddy. North Port Police Public Information Officer Josh Taylor described the terrain of the search area a month ago as "rough" and "unforgiving."

A closer look down. pic.twitter.com/YlfJtEGWLO

— Josh Taylor (@JoshTaylorPIO) September 24, 2021

Personal items belonging to Brian Laundrie were found Wednesday in Myakkahatchee Environmental Park.

Myakkahatchee Environmental Park was briefly re-opened to the public Tuesday after being closed for nearly a month as law enforcement looked for Brian Laundrie.

Carlton Reserved continues to be closed to the public.

FBI to provide update at 4:30

The FBI is set to provide an update at 4:30 p.m. after partial human remains were found in Carlton Reserve near items confirmed to belong to Brian Laundrie.

#BREAKING: FBI to hold press conference at 4:30 p.m. after partial human remains found during search for Brian Laundrie https://t.co/zmC8WiehfO pic.twitter.com/BdgJocyyVa

— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) October 20, 2021

FBI confirms items found at reserve belong to Brian Laundrie

The FBI office in Tampa confirmed on Twitter that an evidence team is processing the scene at Carlton Reserve where "items of interest" in connection with the search for Brian Laundrie were found.

UPDATE: Items of interest were located at the Carlton Reserve this morning in connection with the search for Brian Laundrie. An #FBI Evidence Response team is processing the scene. The reserve is closed to the public and no further details are available at this time. @FBIDenver pic.twitter.com/itOYRpY6fp

— FBI Tampa (@FBITampa) October 20, 2021

A tent and police tape are being used to corner off an area in the reserve, according to the WFLA stream of chopper video.

Second tent -- and crime scene tape up around an area within the Carlton Reserve. pic.twitter.com/0JwFQu22YU

— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) October 20, 2021

Human remains found at Carlton Reserve

Remains were found at Carlton Reserve, according to several reports.

WTVJ reporter Nicole Lauren said a senior law enforcement official said "partial human remains" have been found at Carlton Reserve in an area that was previously underwater.

According to NBC's Pete Williams, the remains were found near a backpack "consistent with items Brian Laundrie may have had."

A medical examiner and human remains detection K9 teams are on the scene.

The medical examiner could not confirm to Newsweek that any remains were found.

Cadaver dog called to park where police found Laundrie's belongings

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office confirms a human remains detection K9 was dispatched to the reserve where articles belonging to Brian Laundrie were found.

This comes after a county medical examiner was also called to the search area.

Medical examiner called to Carlton Reserve

A Sarasota County medical examiner was called to the site of the Brian Laundrie search in Carlton Reserve, the office confirms to local news.

This comes after articles belonging to Laundrie were found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
"Chris and Roberta Laundrie went to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park this morning to search for Brian. 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," Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said in a statement. "After a brief search off a trail that Brian frequented some articles belonging to Brian were found."

He said law enforcement is conducting a "more thorough investigation" of the area.