Crime Brian Laundrie DNA Analysis Not Yet Performed; Police Dispel Rumors
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The Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino told Newsweek that unless he is informed that Brian has died, he will "still represent him."While appearing on NewsNationNow on Wednesday night, former FBI agent Jennifer Coffindaffer was asked why she believes that Laundrie is receiving help from "allies" and that he is still alive after he has been missing for over a month.
The North PortDepartment announced on Tuesday that a DNA analysis on Brian Laundrie's body has yet to be performed and dispelled rumors that the DNA did not match his remains.
According to the North Port Police Department, they recently received numerous inquiries "about a false report of DNA not matching Brian Laundrie." The police department also posted a statement from the local medical examiner's office dispelling any potential rumors that the remains found did not match Laundrie's DNA.
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The Laundries have not been legally implicated in Petito's death, but questions have been raised around their behavior after Petito went missing.Laundrie is missing and has been named a person of interest in his girlfriend Gabby Petito's death. Petito was declared missing on September 11, 10 days after not returning from a cross-country tour of national parks with Laundrie.
The statement from the medical examiner's office said, "The identity of the remains found at the Carlton Reserve on October 20th was confirmed by comparison to known dental records of Brian Laundrie. No DNA analysis has yet been performed on the remains."
The statement continued, "Samples will be submitted for DNA testing once the examination of the remains by the medical examiner's office is complete."
We have received a number of inquiries Tuesday about a false report of DNA not matching Brian Laundrie. Below is the Medical Examiner’s statement on the matter. pic.twitter.com/tXAe63IdlC— North Port Police (@NorthPortPolice) October 26, 2021
As the medical examiner noted in the statement, thein Denver announced on October 21 that the remains found in Florida's Carlton Reserve and the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park were confirmed to be his following a "comparison of dental records."
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Partial remains belonging to Gabby Petito's fiancé were located in North Port, Florida, Wednesday following a 32-day searchMedical examiners used a comparison of dental records to positively identify the remains, the FBI's Denver Division wrote in a press release on Thursday.
Newsweek reached out to the North Port Police Department in regard to a potential timeline for when the DNA analysis will be completed by but the department's Public Information Officer Josh Taylor said that they have not received that information from the medical examiner's office.
Earlier this week, the Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino, said that an autopsy of Brian's remains came back inconclusive and were being sent to an anthropologist "for further evaluation."
"No manner or cause of death was determined," Bertolino added in the statement sent toNews.
Laundrie went for a hike in the Carlton Reserve on September 13, just two days after his fiancée, Gabby Petito was reported missing by her parents. Bertolino told officials with the FBI that Laundrie had not returned from his hike a day later but the North Port Police Department didn't learn of his disappearance until September 17.
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The parents' cooperation was essential in helping authorities find Laundrie, former police said.Investigators located partial human remains Wednesday at the Carlton Reserve, a sprawling Florida wildlife refuge that was Laundrie's last known location. The remains were identified as the 23-year-old man through dental records, the FBI field office in Denver announced Thursday.
Petito first went missing while on a road trip with Laundrie and her body was eventually found on September 19 in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. She died by manual strangulation, the Teton County Coroner's office ruled.
Laundrie was never accused of murdering Petito, but he was named a person of interest in her disappearance and death. A federal arrest warrant was also previously issued for Laundrie, accusing him of credit card fraud.
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North Port Police spokesman Joshua Taylor tells PEOPLE "this misidentification did not have a big impact on costs and the investigation"Joshua Taylor, public information officer for the North Port Police, tells PEOPLE "there is a very good possibility" that the 23-year-old fugitive was deceased two days after his fiancée, Gabby Petito, was reported missing.