FBI agents remove evidence from the family home of Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the death of Gabby Petito. Laundrie’s remains were found in Sarasota County Oct. 20. His attorney says the FBI has everything it needs to investigate his death. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
NORTH PORT, FL — The attorney for the family of Brian Laundrie, whose remains and belongings were found two weeks ago in two Sarasota County parks, said the FBI has all the information it needs to complete an investigation into his disappearance and death.
“I was informed by the FBI that they have all the information they need for this investigation. You would have to confirm with them if the matter is closed,” Steven Bertolino texted ABC 7.
Laundrie was a person of interest in the strangulation death of Petito, his fiancée, whose body was found near a Wyoming national park Sept. 19.
Patch has contacted the FBI to inquire about the status of its investigation.
Bertolino told Fox News Oct. 27 that the anthropologist’s report — hopefully including Laundrie’s cause and time of death — should be completed within two to three weeks.
During a panel of local law enforcement leaders speaking on a range of topics — including Laundrie and Petito — at Friday’s South County Tiger Bay Club meeting in Venice, Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt Hoffman said Laundrie likely took his own life.
Laundrie’s skeletal remains, including a portion of his skull, were found Oct. 20 in the Carlton Reserve and the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, along with several of his belongings, after more than a month of searching for him. The FBI used dental records to match the remains to Laundrie.
No cause of death could be determined after an Oct. 22 autopsy, and Laundrie’s bones were sent to a forensic anthropologist for further examination.
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“That guy went out there and by all accounts probably committed suicide and he was right out there where we thought he was,” Hoffman said, according to the Independent.
Laundrie and Petito, both Long Island, New York, natives living with his family in Florida, were traveling across the country visiting national parks this summer when she disappeared at the end of August. Her body was found weeks later near Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.
Laundrie returned home alone to Florida in Petito’s van Sept. 1 and was reported missing by his parents Sept. 17.