Chris O’Meara / AP
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla .– The FBI on Thursday identified human remains found in a Florida nature reserve as those of Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the death of girlfriend Gabby Petito while the couple were traveling across the country .
The remains, a backpack and a notebook believed to belong to the laundry were discovered Wednesday in a wilderness park in Florida, according to the FBI. The area where they were found was underwater in previous searches.
The FBI office in Denver said in a press release that a comparison of dental records confirmed the remains to be a laundry.
The discovery of the remains ended a massive search involving federal, state and local law enforcement that began shortly after Laundrie’s disappearance on September 14, two weeks after the 23-year-old returned. alone at his parents’ home in North Port, Florida.
Petito’s family reported his disappearance on September 11, launching a search that garnered worldwide media attention and mainly focused on the Carlton Preserve Wilderness Park near Laundrie’s home. It is a densely forested swampy area that is home to alligators, coyotes, bobcats, snakes, and many other creatures.
The intense attention to Petito’s case has led to new calls for people to pay more attention to cases involving missing Indigenous women and other people of color.
The body of 22-year-old Petitio was found on September 19 on the edge of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, which the couple had visited. The coroner concluded that she had died of strangulation and that her body had remained where it had been found for three or four weeks.