Brian Laundrie’s autopsy results come back inconclusive
NORTH PORT, Florida– Autopsy results for Brian Laundrie’s remains came back inconclusive.
Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino told EastIdahoNews.com on Monday that he was told the manner and cause of death “were not determined, and the remains were sent to an anthropologist for further evaluation.” Bertolino said the North Port Police Department told him they didn’t know when those results would be available.
Human remains were found in Florida’s Carlton Reserve last week on Wednesday after more than a month of searching for Laundrie, who was a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancée, Gabby Petito, before her body was discovered in Wyoming. She was found strangled to death in a Wyoming national park on Sept. 19.
The human remains at the Carlton Reserve last week were identified as Laundrie’s. Law enforcement also found Laundrie’s personal items, including a backpack, a notebook, a dry bag and some clothing.
According to CNN in an article last week, determining Laundrie’s cause of death could be challenging as authorities recovered only his skeletal remains and identified him through dental records, the FBI said.
Jim Clemente, a former FBI profiler, told CNN that it’s a possibility Laundrie could have been dead for the entire month authorities have been searching for him.
“There might not be a way to determine how he died. If he drowned, for example, there wouldn’t be any evidence of that on his skeleton,” Clemente said.
Bertolino said Laundrie will be cremated once the family receives his remains and there won’t be a funeral.
There’s been a lot of speculation as to what happened and led up to Petito’s death and what may have happened with Laundrie, but Bertolino says we just don’t know.
According to Bertolino in an interview last week with EastIdahoNews.com, “Brian to my knowledge was never quote ‘suicidal,’ and ultimately he was in a bad state of mind when he left. Chris (Laundrie, Brian’s father) had conveyed that to me. Chris has said, ‘I wish I didn’t let him walk out of the door.’ But you know, he was a young adult, 22 years old, he’s certainly allowed to walk out the door.”