Brian Laundrie's mother wipes tear off husband Chris's face after son's belongings found
After human remains that could possibly belong to Brian Laundrie were found in the Carlton Reserve on Wednesday, October 20, the 23-year-old's mother, appeared to wipe away a tear from his father's face while speaking to police.
Laundrie, Petito's boyfriend, has reportedly not been seen since September 14 and was confirmed 'missing' on September 17. This led police to search the nearby Carlton Reserve for Laundrie, who was named a person of interest in the death of the 22-year-old vlogger, whose remains were found at a Wyoming Park by the authorities. The case began drawing national interest after Brian returned home to Florida on September 1 without his girlfriend after a cross-country road trip. The remains, which are still to be identified, were discovered shortly after Brian's father, Chris Laundrie, handed a white bag filled with Brian's items to the police.
Roberta consoles Chris Laundrie
A number of articles belonging to Brian were found when Chris and Roberta Laundrie were at the 24,000-acre park assisting the police search. After they handed over the items to a law enforcement officer, the couple was seen speaking with the cop on a hiking trail in Myakkahatchee Creek, in a video captured by Fox News. Much of the conversation is inaudible. However, the officer at one stage seemed to tell them "we've found something" and advised the pair to go home. As if to console Chris, the officer places his hand on his shoulder during the exchange. Roberta then turns to face her husband and wipes his cheek.
Details of the items that were discovered in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, which is adjacent to Carton Reserve, are not known, except the fact that they were located in a patch of brambles near a trail, Brian was known to use. A short while later, unnamed sources told NBC that investigators had found "what appear to be human remains."
The FBI confirmed in a press conference in the afternoon that apart from human remains, investigators found a backpack and notebook that is believed to belong to Brian. "These items were found in an area that up until recently have been under water," FBI Tampa Division Special Agent in Charge Michael McPherson said.
Family lawyer releases statement
A spokesperson for the Sarasota County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed they had been called to the scene but made no further comment. Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said in a texted statement to The Sun: "Chris and Roberta Laundrie went to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park this morning to search for Brian. 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," he added.
The police have deployed mobile command units, patrol vehicles, K9 Cadaver dogs, and a helicopter in searching the natural reserve after the discovery of the human remains. The law enforcement agents also erected two tents close to where the remains are believed to have been found.