Brian Laundrie's parents had 'advised' law enforcement to look in the location where apparent human remains were found, their lawyer says

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Police searching the Carlton reserve for Brian Laundrie. North Port Police Department
  • Steven Bertolino, the family's attorney, said Laundrie's parents advised the FBI on where to look.

  • The FBI said apparent human remains were found in the Carlton reserve.

  • Authorities also found some of Brian Laundrie's belongings, but they're still analyzing the remains.

Brian Laundrie's parents had "advised" law enforcement to look in the location where apparent human remains were found on Wednesday, their attorney Steven Bertolino told Insider.

"Chris and Roberta Laundrie were at the reserve earlier today when human remains and some of Brian's possessions were located in an area where they had initially advised law enforcement that Brian may be," Bertolino said. "Chris and Roberta will wait for the forensic identification of the human remains before making any additional comments."

Earlier in the day, the FBI confirmed that apparent human remains were found in the Carlton reserve in Florida, where Laundrie's parents, who reported him missing in mid-September, had said he was headed.

"Chris Laundrie discovered a 'dry bag' containing some of Brian's items in the woods alongside the trail, and a law-enforcement officer also found a backpack nearby on the side of the trail near the remains," Bertolino said.

Bertolino later told CNN's Chris Cuomo, "The probability is strong that it is Brian's remains, but we are going to wait for the forensic results to come in to verify that." Authorities have not confirmed whether the remains belong to Laundrie.

Michael McPherson, the special agent in charge in the Tampa division of the FBI, said the apparent remains were discovered in a previously flooded area in the Florida reserve.

"Earlier today, investigators found what appears to be human remains along with personal items, such as a backpack and notebook belonging to Brian Laundrie," McPherson said at a press conference.

Laundrie was initially reported missing on September 17 by his parents, who said he'd left the house for a hike on September 14 and never returned. His parents later changed their story, saying they last saw Laundrie on September 13.

Since then, law enforcement had been conducting a manhunt in the Carlton reserve and elsewhere for the man who is the sole person of interest in Gabby Petito's death.

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