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Brian Laundrie’s backpack, notebook found in Carlton Reserve in North Port, Florida

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Brian Laundrie, 23, of North Port, Sarasota County, Florida, United States is still missing. Items belonging to him including a backpack and a notebook were found in the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve, also known as Carlton Reserve, in North Port on October 20, 2021.

Also found in the area was what appears to be human remains that has been under water until recently. Laundrie’s parents Christopher John “Chris” Laundrie, 62, and Roberta Maria Vinci Laundrie, 55, were in the Carlton Reserve when the items and the remains were found, according to the family’s attorney Steve Bertolino.

“Chris and Roberta Laundrie were at the reserve earlier today when human remains and some of Brian’s possessions were located in an area where they had initially advised law enforcement that Brian may be,” CNN quoted Bertolino as saying. “Chris and Roberta will wait for the forensic identification of the human remains before making any additional comments.”

Brian was the boyfriend of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, 22, of Blue Point, Long Island, New York, USA. In 2019, Petito moved to his family house in North Port where they lived with Chris and Roberta.

Petito and Brian started their cross-country camping trip on July 2, 2021 and travelled across the U.S. in her white 2012 Ford Transit van but on September 1, 2021, he drove the van back to North Port without her. He is accused of using her Capital One Bank debit card and personal identification number for charges over $1,000 between August 30, 2021 and September 1, 2021.

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Brian, Chris and Roberta stayed in Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, Florida from September 1-3, 2021 and from September 6-8, 2021, according to a tip Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman received on September 27, 2021. Bertolino confirmed that Brian’s sister Cassandra M. “Cassie” Laundrie, 32, also stayed at the campground for a day on September 6, 2021.

On September 14, 2021, Brian left home with a backpack to go hiking in the Carlton Reserve, according to Chris and Roberta. On September 15, 2021, the North Port Police Department named Brian a person of interest in the investigation of Petito’s disappearance.

On September 17, 2021, Chris and Roberta summoned the police to their North Port home and told them that they had not seen Brian since September 14, 2021. On September 19, 2021, Petito was found deceased at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest on the east boundary of Grand Teton National Park in Teton County, Wyoming, USA.

On October 12, 2021, Teton County coroner Dr. Brent Blue said Petito was strangled to death three to four weeks before her body was found. She is the daughter of Joseph “Joe” N. Petito, 42, and Nichole M. Durivou Schmidt, 43.

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