How long was the Brian Laundrie underwater investigation at Carlton Reserve?
ON October 20, 2021,FBI officials confirmed that the human remains foundat the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park were those of Brian Laundrie.
On November 23, 2021, officials confirmed that Brian Laundrie had died after he shot himself in the head.
How long was the underwater investigation?
The FBI and North Port Police in Florida started their search September 18, a day after Brian's parents went to police saying their son was missing.
A team of more than 50 police started searching the area of Carlton Reserve after his parents said he left home with a backpack and went to that area.
At the time, investigators only had information given from Brian's family members. Police said they confirmed Brian's car was found in front of his home, saying Brian's family likely picked it up from the reserve after saying he drove himself there.
Police also asked for the public's help to verify all information in the search for him.
Where is Carlton Reserve?
Carlton Reserve is in Sarasota County, Florida, located next to Myakkahatchee Environmental Park.
The reserve remains closed, but the city of North Port said the environmental park has now reopened after being closed for nearly a month, since the start of the investigation.
The reserve is more than 25,000 acres. Divers were brought in for the search because of the challenging environment.
Many areas of the reserve are waist-deep water which posed a risk for search crews who had to wade through gator and snake-infested swamps.
What's next in the investigation?
The FBI didn't confirm human remains were found until late afternoon on October 20.
The area where the remains were found had previously been underwater.
The medical examiner was called to the scene where investigators already met with Brian's parents.
While Brian's parents wouldn't answer questions from the media, the offered their help in combing the reservation for clues on Brian's whereabouts.
Brian's mother was seen wiping a tear off her husband's face while they met with the investigators at the reserve.
However the remains were only confirmed as that of Brian's the following day on October 21 when a dental record comparison of him matched the skeletal remains.
Prior to the confirmation being made public, police officers were seen going into Brian's parents house for approximately two minutes before leaving
In November 2021, Laundrie's autopsy results revealed Gabby Petito's fiancé shot himself in the head in suicide.
Laundrie’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino announced Laundrie's cause of death in a statement that read: "Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide.
"Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families."
Brian Laundrie timeline
Brian Laundrie has not been seen since the morning of September 13. Here is a timeline of Laundrie’s latest whereabouts:
- July 2021: Brian Laundrie and his fiancé Gabby Petito leave for a grip across the country. The couple visit numerous national parks across the way.
- August 12: Police in Utah respond to an incident involving the couple. The bodycam footage is not released for another month but it shows a visibly upset Gabby talking to police after reports of a domestic violence incident outside a grocery store.
- August 24: Gabby is seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Laundrie.
- September 1: Laundrie returns to his home in North Port, Florida without Gabby.
- September 6: Laundrie joins his family on a camping trip about 75 miles from their home in North Port.
- September 11: Gabby's family reports her missing.
- September 13: Laundrie leaves home to go hiking in Carlton Reserve, Florida. His family had initially said he departed on September 14, but revised their timeline weeks later.
- September 15: Laundrie is named a person of interest in the case of Gabby.
- September 16: Bodycam footage is released regarding the incident between Gabby and Laundrie.
- September 19: The FBI announces a body found at a Wyoming national park is believed to be that of Gabby's.
- September 23: The FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie's arrest claiming he "used unauthorized debit cards after Gabby Petito's death."
- September 26: A funeral is held for Gabby in New York.
- September 27: Dog the Bounty Hunter announces he will lend a hand and help search for Laundrie.
- September 28: Gabby's family held an emotional press conference as the search for Laundrie continued.
- October 5: Laundrie's sister, Cassie, appeared on Good Morning America and urged her brother to come forward.
- October 7: Laundrie's father, Chris Laundrie, assisted law enforcement in the search to find his son.
- October 12: Gabby's autopsy results were made public. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation.
- October 20: Laundrie's personal items were found near the Myakkahatchee Creek Park trail in Florida. The medical examiner was called to the scene to investigate.
- October 21: Reports stated the human remains found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park were bones.
- October 21: The FBI confirmed the remains found have been identified as Laundrie's.
Why was the FBI looking for Brian Laundrie?
Brian was named a person of interest after girlfriend Gabby Petito's body was found after weeks of her going missing.
In July, the couple left for a cross country road trip, only for Brian to return with no sign of girlfriend Gabby.
Brian returned alone to his parent's Florida home on driving Gabby's van.
He's was missing since 17th of September. Since then the FBI had been searching for Brian with the help of his parents whom many internet sleuth's have accused of aiding Brian.
Brian Laundrie's remains were finally found October 20 and confirmed to be his on October 21.
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