Brian Laundrie’s dad found his son’s dry bag in the search area, family lawyer says

KEY POINTS

  • The lawyer said the laundries informed the police of their intention to search the park
  • He said officers were closely following the couple
  • Laundries await forensic results to check remains

Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie’s family attorney claimed it was Brian’s father who found his son’s dry bag and other belongings in a park in Florida. Lawyer Steve Bertolino said the suggestion that Chris Laundrie had planted the bag dry was “hogwash”.

The FBI on Wednesday found partial human remains and some items belonging to the fugitive at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port, Florida. The park is located near the Carlton Preserve which has been the focus of research for Brian, who is the only person of interest in the death of YouTuber Gabby Petito.

Bertolino told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that Chris and Roberta Laundrie helped law enforcement find the items. “By chance, they stumbled upon these objects,” he said.

He said the remains were found in “the very area of ​​the park that we initially informed law enforcement about.”

FBI Tampa Special Agent Michael McPherson at a press conference Wednesday said the objects were “found in an area which until recently was underwater.”

Bertolino said the laundries informed law enforcement on Tuesday evening of their intention to search the park, which was reopened just a day ago. They were joined by officials from the North Port Police Department in the park on Wednesday morning, he said.

Officers were following the laundries closely and they were “certainly within sight,” Bertolino said.

“As they went further, Chris ventured off the trail into the woods. He zigzagged through different areas, law enforcement was doing the same. And Roberta Laundrie was walking the trail,” Bertolino said. . “At one point, Chris locates what’s called a dry bag. The dry bag is a white bag, lying in the woods, say about 20 feet from the trail.”

Although Chris didn’t want to pick up the bag because he wanted law enforcement to see it, he couldn’t find the officers at that time. So he decided to pick it up because there was a reporter nearby, the lawyer said.

“He met shortly after the police, they examined the contents of the bag. At that time, the police showed him on the phone a picture of a backpack that the Law enforcement had also located near and some distance from the trail, ”Bertolino told CNN.

“At this point, the laundries were informed that there were also some remains near the backpack, and they were asked to leave the reserve,” Bertolino added.

He said the family was “heartbroken”. When asked if they thought the body belonged to their son, the lawyer replied: “It is very likely that it is Brian’s body, but we will wait for the forensic results. to verify it. “

Brian Laundrie in a police body cam image released by the Moab, Utah City Police Department. Photo: City of Moab Police Department / Handout

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