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Update 4:37 P.M.: In a press conference held in Florida, the FBI confirmed that there were in fact human remains found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Wednesday morning.
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It was also confirmed that Brian Laundrie‘s backpack and notebook were found in the same area.
The FBI explained that the area had been, up until this point, underwater, and said that the evidence response teams and forensic specialists would “likely be unseen for days” as they attempt to search and investigate the area and the evidence.
Portions of both the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and the Carlton Reserve remain closed to the public.
“This is an active and ongoing investigation,” the FBI maintained. “We have no additional comment related to today’s activities.”
A new development in the search for missing fugitive Brian Laundrie as items that reportedly belonged to the 23-year-old were found in the park where authorities have been searching for him.
Chris and Roberta Laundrie joined North Port Police and the FBI at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port, Florida on Wednesday morning to search for their son after articles were found that belonged to Brian, per the family’s lawyer.
The Laundries have maintained since the beginning of their son’s disappearance that they last saw him on September 13 when he said he was going for a walk in Myakkahatchee Creek Park.
Steven Bertolino, lawyer for the Laundrie family, said that a more thorough search of the park area is now being conducted, the park now being closed to the public.
“Some articles belonging to Brian were found,” Bertolino said.
It was later reported that the Sarasota County Medical Examiner’s Office was called to the park though no further information has been provided.
Laundrie is currently the sole person of interest in the case of his deceased ex-girlfriend, 22-year-old Gabby Petito.
Petito went missing after the couple went on a cross-country camping and hiking trip and was later found dead in Wyoming.
Laundrie is also wanted on debit card fraud after making unauthorized charges on Petito’s card after her disappearance.
The manhunt for Laundrie per that arrest warrant has been active since September 23.