North Port, Fla. – The FBI confirmed Thursday that remains found in a heavily wooded Florida park are those of missing fugitive Brian Laundrie, who had been the subject of a massive manhunt following the death of his girlfriend Gabby Petito.
“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 Creed Environmental Park are those of Brian Laundrie,” the agency said in a statement.
The remains were found about a 40-minute hike into the marshy park, where Laundrie went for a walk after leaving his parents’ home on Sept. 13, North Port police spokesman Josh Taylor told The Post Thursday.
Taylor said the remains, which were found early Wednesday alongside a backpack and a notebook belonging to Laundrie, consisted of human bones.
The grisly discovery came after Laundrie’s parents were summoned to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park early Wednesday, where family attorney Steve Bertolino had confirmed that “some articles” belonging to Brian Laundrie had been found.
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the remains found yesterday in the reserve are indeed Brian’s,” Bertolino said in a statement Thursday. “We have no further comment at this time and we ask that you respect the Laundrie’s privacy at this time.”
Taylor said Laundrie parked in the Myakkahatchee park but walked into the Carlton Reserve, where his remains were fond.
The Sarasota County Medical Examiner’s Office was called to the scene shortly after the discovery was announced — but the remains were not initially identified.
Cadaver dogs and a body recovery team from the Pasto County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene shortly after the discovery.
The park is adjacent to the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve, where authorities have also searched for Laundrie since Sept. 18.
“Items of interest were located at the Carlton Reserve this morning in connection with the search for Brian Laundrie,” the FBI field office in Tampa tweeted Wednesday.
“An #FBI Evidence Response team is processing the scene,” the agency said. “The reserve is closed to the public and no further details are available at this time.”
Laundrie, 23, was the sole person of interest in the disappearance and death of his girlfriend, 22-year-old Long Island native Gabby Petito.
Petito disappeared in late August during the young couple’s cross-country trip, with her body found at a remote Wyoming campground on Sept. 19 — with her death later ruled a homicide by manual strangulation.
Laundrie, who had returned home alone on Sept. 1, had fled authorities by then.
The FBI agencies had followed up on dozens of tips that Laundrie had been spotted at far north as the Appalachian Trail near the North Carolina/Tennessee border.
Laundrie had not been charged in Petito’s death but is named on a federal fraud warrant for allegedly using his beau’s debit card during his drive home to Florida.