The search for Gabby Petito’s killer is still underway. Brian Laundrie, her 23-year-old fiancé who was named a person of interest in the case, is still at large — though a gruesome discovery may be the end to it all.
The FBI has confirmed that human remains were found along with Laundrie’s backpack and notebook, Fox News reported. The discovery was made Wednesday in an area where the man’s parents were searching and where Laundrie was known to frequent.
The remains, which have yet to be positively identified, were found “along with personal items, such as a backpack and notebook belonging to Brian Laundrie,” the FBI said. The find occurred just after parents Chris and Roberta Laundrie were seen searching the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida.
“These items were found in an area that, up until recently, had been underwater,” FBI special agent Michael McPherson said. “Our evidence response team is on scene using all available forensic resources to process the area. It’s likely the team will be on scene for several days,” the agent, who is part of the Tampa division, added.
A law enforcement official told the news outlet that a cadaver dog came upon “what appear to be human remains” while searching an area where Laundrie was thought to be. The Sarasota County Medical Examiner’s Office was then called to the area.
Brian Laundrie was last seen on Sept. 13 heading to the park where the remains were found. The family waited four days to alert authorities that he had left and never returned.
The case made national headlines after Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, reported her missing Sept. 11. Laundrie and Petito had embarked on a road trip together earlier this summer, but Laundrie returned to his Sarasota, Florida home without Petito on Sept. 1 and in the van the couple was using.
If these remains do belong to Brian Laundrie, this would be a tragic end to an equally tragic story. Nobody except Laundrie and Petito knows what really happened, and now there’s a chance the world will never find out.