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US Fact check: Remains found in Florida park ID'd as Brian Laundrie's, not a supposed twin's

04:10  30 october  2021
04:10  30 october  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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The claim: Remains found in Florida park are Brian Laundrie's twin's, not his own

Laundrie is the sole person of interest in the strangulation death of his fiance, blogger Gabby Petito. © Provided by USA TODAY Laundrie is the sole person of interest in the strangulation death of his fiance, blogger Gabby Petito.

A monthlong manhunt for Brian Laundrie, fiancé of travel blogger Gabby Petito whose disappearance and death gripped the nation, came to a close Oct. 21 when partial remains found in Florida’s Carleton Reserve were determined by the FBI to be Laundrie’s. But some on social media aren’t convinced.

“Brian laundrie has a twin I know (it)!” reads an Oct. 21 Facebook post with more than 20 shares and 70 likes in one week. “2 were born one died previously these bones are his twins. ... Don’t believe the family narrative or the media narrative this guys not dead and their (sic) is a massive massive cover up.”

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The claim that Laundrie has a twin isn’t a new one. Posts on TikTok and Twitter have made the same assertion. But there’s no evidence it’s true.

A forensic dentist told USA TODAY that dental records, which the FBI used to identify Laundrie, would be different even among identical twins. Laundrie’s only known sibling is Cassie Laundrie.

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In response to USA TODAY's request for comment, the person who made the post said over Facebook Messenger that they are a medium and determined Laundrie is alive under a new identity thanks to collusion between the FBI and Laundrie's family. There is no evidence to support these claims.

Brian Laundrie's Remains Identified After Weeks of Searching in Gabby Petito Case

  Brian Laundrie's Remains Identified After Weeks of Searching in Gabby Petito Case Petito's fiancé had been missing since the news of her initial disappearance and eventual death went viral."Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the remains found yesterday in the reserve are indeed Brian’s," the attorney for the Laundrie family, Steven Bertolino, said in a statement to ET on Thursday. "We have no further comment at this time and we ask that you respect the Laundrie’s privacy at this time.

Remains are Laundrie’s

The FBI said in a statement Oct. 21 that a comparison of dental records determined the human remains found at Carleton Reserve are those of Brian Laundrie, ending the search for the missing 23-year-old.

Forensic dentistry is often used to identify remains when decomposition or other circumstances, like fires or natural disasters, make other methods of identification impossible, according to the American Association of Forensic Sciences.

Jim Lewis, a forensic dentist, told USA TODAY that even if Laundrie did have an estranged twin, their dental records would set them apart.

"Although identical twins will be genetically the same, there will still be radiographic morphological (shape) differences in individual tooth root, pulp chamber (nerve) and tooth crown," Lewis said in an email.

He added that there would be differences in the number and location of dental restorations, like fillings and crowns, the morphology of those restorations and other anatomic features.

Brian Laundrie search: No discrepancy between FBI and parents on missing timeline, says family lawyer

  Brian Laundrie search: No discrepancy between FBI and parents on missing timeline, says family lawyer The attorney for the family of Brian Laundrie has chalked up differences in the timeline of when the Florida fugitive was reported missing to a lack of communication between law enforcement agencies and tells Fox News Digital there is "no discrepancy between the FBI and the Laundries."Steven Bertolino represents Chris and Roberta Laundrie and their son, Brian, who is a person of interest in the murder of his fiancée, Gabby Petito. Brian is also wanted on separate charges of unauthorized use of her bank card.

"With adequate dental/medical records, positive identification of even identical twins can be performed without difficulty," Lewis said.

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Laundrie’s only known sibling is Cassie Laundrie, who urged her brother to “come forward and get us out of this horrible mess” in an interview with "Good Morning America" while he was missing.

FBI Denver, which is handling the case, declined to comment. Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

Lookalike sightings frequent during Laundrie search

A number of false sightings while Laundrie was missing likely led some to believe he had a twin.

An unidentified man, who bears a striking resemblance to Laundrie, went viral on TikTok under the handle @notbrianlaundrie after asking for tips on how to tell suspicious passers-by that he isn’t the Florida fugitive.

“I would just like to put all the rumors to bed,” he said in his first video, stitched alongside another video purporting to have spotted Laundrie, presumably showing him.

EXPLAINER: Where does Gabby Petito slaying probe go next?

  EXPLAINER: Where does Gabby Petito slaying probe go next? ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Now that the decomposed remains of Brian Laundrie have been found, where does the investigation into the strangling of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, go from here? Petito, 22, was discovered slain last month on the edge of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, one of the places the young couple had visited during a cross-country van trip that ended with Laundrie mysteriously returning home alone to Florida in the vehicle. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This Aug.

Another lookalike, Severin Beckwith, was detained at a resort after a concerned Fontana Lake marina employee apparently alerted U.S. Marshals, the New Yorker reported.

But none of those individuals have been identified as blood relatives, much less twins, of Laundrie.

Our rating: False

Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that remains found in a Florida park were those of Brian Laundrie’s twin, and not his own.  There is no evidence to support this claim. A forensic dentist told USA TODAY dental records, which the FBI used to identify Laundrie, would be different even among identical twins, and Laundrie only has one known sibling.

Our fact-check sources:

  • USA TODAY, Oct. 21, Gabby Petito case: Remains found in Florida park identified as Brian Laundrie, FBI says
  • FBI Denver, Oct. 21, Tweet
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences, retrieved Oct. 24, Odontology
  • Jim Lewis, Oct. 24, Email interview with USA TODAY
  • ABC News, Oct. 5, Brian Laundrie's sister urges him to 'come forward' amid nationwide search
  • User @notbrianlaundrie//, retrieved Oct. 24, TikTok profile page
  • User @notbrianlaundrie//, Sept. 28, Video
  • New Yorker, Oct. 25, Bounty Hunting for Brian Laundrie in a Land of Doppelgängers

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Brian Laundrie's Family Attorney Says There Won't Be a Funeral as Autopsy Results Come Back Inconclusive

  Brian Laundrie's Family Attorney Says There Won't Be a Funeral as Autopsy Results Come Back Inconclusive Attorney Steven Bertolino tells PEOPLE that the 23-year-old fugitive's partial human remains — which were found earlier this week — will be crematedOn Sunday, attorney Steven Bertolino told PEOPLE that "no manner or cause of death was determined, and the remains were sent to an anthropologist for further evaluation.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Remains found in Florida park ID'd as Brian Laundrie's, not a supposed twin's

Brian Laundrie Was Likely Dead When Cops Confused His Mother for Him During Surveillance: Police .
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.

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