The FBI has identified the human remains found in a Florida nature preserve Wednesday as those of Brian Laundrie, the person of interest in the death of girlfriend 22-year-old Gabriella Petito while the couple was visiting Grand Teton National Park. The remains, along with a backpack and notebook believed to belong to Laundrie, were discovered Wednesday in a Florida wilderness park, according to the FBI.
The FBI’s Denver office said in a news release that a comparison of dental records confirmed that the remains were Laundrie. Meanwhile, cadaver dogs are currently looking for more body parts. The discovery of the remains concluded a massive search involving federal, state and local law enforcement that began shortly after Laundrie disappeared September 14th, two weeks after the 23-year-old returned alone to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida without his girlfriend.
Petito was found in the Spread Creek dispersed camping area just east of Grand Teton near Moran September 19th. The FBI says the investigation into Petito’s slaying is not yet concluded. At this time, only Laundrie has ever been identified by law enforcement officials as a person of interest in the case.
Laundrie was charged in a federal Wyoming indictment with unauthorized use of a debit card, which alleged Laundrie used a Capital One Bank card and someone’s personal identification number to make unauthorized withdrawals or charges worth more than $1,000.