Brian Laundrie’s Remains Inconclusive After Autopsy, Attorney Says

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An autopsy performed on Brian Laundrie’s remains came back inconclusive according to the family’s attorney and have now been sent to an anthropologist “for further evaluation.”

Last week, the County coroner ruled that Gabby Petito’s death had been caused by strangulation, performed by someone’s bare hands, and that she had likely died three to four weeks before her body was found on September 19 at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. Petito’s death was ruled a homicide.

Brian Laundrie was the key person of interest in Petito’s death and had been reported missing by his parents on September 17 after leaving to go hiking and not returning.

Brian Laundrie’s remains inconclusive, to be sent to anthropologist, attorney says

Last Wednesday, remains described as “skeletal” were found by the North Port Police Department and Florida’s Carlton Reserve and were believed to be that of Brian Laundrie, due to the discovery of a backpack and notebook in the vicinity, NBC reported.

On Thursday, using dental records, the FBI confirmed the remains were that of Brian Laundrie, Fox reported.

“#UPDATE: On October 21, 2021, a comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found at the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve and Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are those of Brian Laundrie. @FBITampa,” the FBI Denver wrote in a tweet.

Earlier searches of The Carlton Reserve and neighboring Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, which are connected to one another, and are short drives north of the Laundrie family home, had failed to find evidence of Brian Laundrie, leading to a nationwide manhunt. However, the area where Brian was ultimately found had been previously underwater until last week.

Brian Laundrie’s remains inconclusive after autopsy, attorney says

But following an autopsy performed on Brian Laundrie’s remains, the family’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, said in a statement to NBC, the results came back inconclusive and said the remains would be sent to an anthropologist “for further evaluation.”

Why were the remains inconclusive?

“No manner or cause of death was determined,” Bertolino stated.

Bertolino said no specific timeline was given for when the anthropologist will complete the evaluation of Laundrie’s remains.

However, Bertolino said that once the manner or cause of death is established, ultimately, the remains will be cremated. Bertolino added that Laundrie’s family has no immediate plans for a funeral, but may decide to hold a private ceremony at some later time.