Partial Remains Identified in Search for Brian Laundrie

After weeks of grueling inaction, things have really picked up in the Gabby Petito cause, but not everyone is smiling.

Petito, who was found dead in Bridger-Teton National Forest last month, was set to marry Brian Laundrie in the weeks after they took a cross-country road trip together.  Instead, she was murdered, with Laundrie remaining the only person of interest in the case.

But charging Laundrie won’t work. 

The FBI confirmed Thursday that it had found the remains of Brian Laundrie, the 23-year-old fiancé of Gabby Petito and the only person of interest in her death.

In a statement, the FBI’s Denver field office, which has been leading the investigation, said a comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found in Carlton Reserve and the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Sarasota County, Fla., on Wednesday were those of Laundrie.

But there may be some hope for some form of closure, in the contents of whatever notebook his parents found.

On Wednesday, partial human remains, as well as a backpack and notebook belonging to Laundrie, were found along a trail in the Myakkahatchee park, which is adjacent to the 24,565-acre Carlton Reserve, where Laundrie’s parents told police they believed he was headed when they reported him missing last month.

Those who have long been seeking justice for Petito were disheartened by the news, as it prevents Laundrie from facing any sort of punishment for his crimes or for his unwillingness to assist in the search for Gabby Petito after returning home to Florida.