Brian Laundrie is named as a person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito by the FBI during a search update.
Brian Laundrie is a person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito, the FBI stated Wednesday afternoon.
The declaration came in response to the finding of partial human remains in an area of Sarasota County's Carlton Reserve that had been submerged until recently.
"As you are aware, the FBI, the North Port Police Department, and our state and local law enforcement partners have been scouring the area of the Carlton Reserve for Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in Gabby Petito's murder," FBI Tampa Division Special Agent in Charge Michael McPherson stated.
The FBI obtained an arrest warrant for Laundrie last month after he was previously identified as a person of interest in Petito's homicide investigation.
Laundrie's family reported him missing on Sept. 17, igniting a major search. Laundrie was last seen by family members on Sept. 13, according to North Port police.
Officials hunting for Laundrie said Wednesday that they uncovered what appear to be personal things such as his rucksack and notebook near the location of the remains.
The Sarasota County Medical Examiner's Office reported Wednesday afternoon that it had been sent to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park by police. The environmental park is connected to the Carlton Reserve through a pedestrian bridge.
For more than a month, the search for Laundrie has been concentrated on the environmental park adjacent to the reserve. Search personnel had stated that they were having difficulty traveling around the vast area due to some areas being submerged.
McPherson stated that owing to the ongoing investigation, areas of Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and Carlton Reserve will remain closed to the public. McPherson stated that evidence response teams will be on-site for several days.
"I understand you have numerous questions, but we do not yet have all of the answers. McPherson stated, "We are working diligently to obtain those answers for you."
According to Steve Bertolino, the Laundrie family attorney, both of Laundrie's parents were "in the reserve earlier today when human remains and some of Brian's possessions were discovered in an area where they had initially advised law enforcement that Brian might be." Chris and Roberta will reserve any comment until the human remains have been forensically identified."