Brian Laundrie found: Parents may have just missed discovering son themselves


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Brian Laundry was the only person interested in the strangulation relationship of his ex-fiancé Gabby Petito.

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Unique: Brian Laundry’s parents inadvertently moved a few yards from a Florida natural preserve where police found their son’s personal belongings and remains on Wednesday morning.

When Chris and Roberta left their laundry house before sunrise on Wednesday, only two reporters were present — a Granthshala News Digital reporter who followed in a different vehicle and a Granthshala News Channel cameraman who lived across their street.


They arrived at the entrance to the Mayakahatchi Creek Environmental Park at approximately 7:25 a.m., and two members of law enforcement arrived in a separate pickup truck wearing hiking attire. One later identified himself as a member of the North Port Police Department, and the other worked for the FBI, according to Steve Bertolino, a lawyer for the Laundry family.

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The men said nothing at the park entrance and followed the laundry from a distance of less than 50 feet.

No other people were present at the time – although later that morning at least three people passed through the area – a man walking his dog, a woman walking her dog and a man on a bicycle. They all encountered under power lines outside the trail, where investigators found Brian Laundry’s remains that morning.

The parents entered the park on foot, with Roberta carrying a red bag that appeared to be filled with water bottles, the outlines of which could easily be seen protruding through the cloth. Chris’s hands were empty, and his pockets didn’t seem to be full.

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The couple walked at a steady pace toward the Live Long Trail, just off the South Powerline Trail in Big Slough Preserve in Sarasota County. Before entering there, he peeped into the nearby brush, returning empty-handed, but complained of a reporter’s presence and asked to be given at least 25 feet of space.

They then enter the Live Long Trail next to a wooden marker labeled 149 at around 7:40 a.m.—Chris steps into areas of repeated brush, exiting at least a half-dozen times.

The two law enforcement agents remained far behind, though within sight.

On Wednesday morning, Chris and Roberta were standing in the laundry area.  The bush in the lower central part of the photo can be seen to the right of Roberta in photographs taken from the ground.

Around 8 p.m., Chris splits into a field of brush and Roberta heads onto the main road. The officers chased Chris, who rejoined them without Roberta about 12 minutes later, with his pants wet to his knees.

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By then, Roberta makes her way to the edge of a clearing that the police surround after telling the parents that they have discovered human remains and some of Brian’s personal belongings.

Exclusive photos show that Chris and Roberta were just a few yards from the laundry site where police found their son's belongings and remains of Wednesday morning.

She was about 15 yards from where investigators set up a blue tent and was within a ring of yellow caution tape visible in news helicopter footage later that day.

Twenty yards away in the other direction, the police set up white tents in the brush. Investigators were seen searching both places a short distance away from the dry bag.

Chris came back and met Roberta at the edge of the clearing. They spoke in a whisper and at about 8:15 a.m. turned to the entrance of the trail

Through his lawyer, he stated that he had not seen anything in the immediate area at the time. The reporter was also not present. The parents also said that the authorities did not tell them where their son’s remains were found.

Spokesmen for both the North Port Police Department and the FBI declined to specify where Brian’s remains are and other objects of interest. But the laundry did not go to any place nor did they keep any goods on the ground in the area.

There’s a rope swing in the immediate area as well – but it looks different from the one offered by Brian Laundry with his nephew in July 2020. instagram Image taken in the field.

On Sunday, a group of people including TikTok user @chroniclesofolivia returned to the area where Chris and Roberta found the dry bag and discovered some bone fragments and a Nalgene-style water bottle with labeling from the Seattle REI Co-op . A similar bottle can be seen in Gabby Petito’s “Van Life” at 7 min 27 sec. youtube Video.

This screengrab from the Nomadic Statik YouTube video shows the same water bottle hanging on the left side of the van door.

Police collected the bones but it could not be determined at the scene whether they were human or animal. He left the bottle behind and later said none of the items found on Sunday were linked to the investigation. A department spokesperson did not immediately respond when a screengrab from Petito’s video was shown.

“I think it was very careless, it was irresponsible,” Olivia told Granthshala News. “They were more interested in bones – but they knew they were animal bones.”

Richard Stafford, an attorney for Petito’s parents, said he did not understand why police would leave the bottle behind.

“It looks like him,” he said. “We have a photo of him from before he left on the trip. It looks like that bottle. I don’t know why it would be left there.”

Laundry’s parents went to the park to search the same area on September 13 and 14, Bertolino said, but it was dark the first night and it was raining underwater the next day. He said this is the same area where he told investigators he believed his son may have gone along, and where Chris searched with police in early October.

A North Port official told Granthshala News Digital that the water level was 8 to 10 feet high at the height of the flood. And the FBI said earlier this week that officers discovered Bryan’s remains in an area that was previously under water.

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Around 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Chris led Roberta through a patch of brambles and other brush toward the edge of the clearing about 20 yards from the main road.

As the reporter followed, she put her phone away to brush the thorns aside and entered the clearing, seeing the parents picking up a white dry bag and a dark object.

The parents put the stuff in the bag. His gesture can be seen in the video shortly after this discovery – and he began his trek back to the power lines. Bertolino later said that the bag belonged to Brian, but said he could not tell what the parents found with it.

The lawyer later said that from 8:30 a.m., Chris had spoken to Bertolino twice on the phone and also to a North Port detective. Parents stood in direct sunlight under power lines until detectives found them at about 8:41 p.m.

Only a few of his conversations could be heard.

“I think we must have found something,” said the detective at one point.

Bertolino later explained that the parents were shown images of the backpack on the officer’s phone and asked to confirm whether it belonged to Brian. he said yes. The officer then informed them that human remains were found nearby and asked them to leave the park, go home and wait for updates.

Exclusive Granthshala News Digital Video captured the exchange. The officer placed his hand on Chris’ shoulder. Roberta wiped what appeared to be tears from her eyes. And both the parents were seen trembling.

They returned home a few minutes before 9 a.m.

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The detective then said that the park would be closed soon and that he was blocking the entrance to preserve the evidence. Within minutes, police came into force and officially sealed off the area.

Hours later, the FBI announced that investigators had recovered human remains as well as a backpack and notebook belonging to Brian Laundry. He confirmed the remains the next day through dental records, although as of Saturday the cause and manner of death had not yet been determined. A forensic anthropologist will assist with the investigation.

Bertolino told Granthshala News’ Claudia Kelly-Bazan on Saturday that Bryan would be cremated and the family would have a funeral.

Brian Laundry was the only person interested in the strangulation of his former fiancé, Gabby Petito, whose remains were found by investigators at a Wyoming campsite on September 19, weeks after the couple lived there.

When Granthshala News returned to the park after it reopened on Friday, there was clear evidence that officers had come and gone—cleared brush, trampled grass and fresh tire marks in the muddy field. Near the grass where the parents found Brian’s white dry bag marked in orange spray paint, brambles were cut, and flags were planted in the soil. Orange paint marked other nearby areas where the parents passed on Wednesday morning.

On Saturday, a Granthshala News drone captured images of a massive hog charging through the same clearing where Roberta had stopped in the center of the search area a few days earlier. The water in many ponds has not yet receded.

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