'Strong probability' that the remains found are that of Brian Laundrie, says family attorney

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  • The attorney for the Laundrie family said that the "probability is strong" that the human remains found on Wednesday are that of Brian Laundrie.
  • Laundrie was reported missing on 17 September.
  • The 23-year-old is a "person of interest" in the case of his fianceé, Gabby Petito, who was found dead at the Spread Creek Dispersed Campground in Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming.
  • Gabby and Laundrie were on a cross-country trip together before she went missing. 

Steven Bertolino, the attorney for the Laundrie family, has said that the "probability is strong" that the human remains found in a Florida nature reserve on Wednesday are that of Brian Laundrie.

Speaking to Chris Cuomo on CNN's Cuomo Prime Time, Bertolino described how Brian's parents, Chris and Roberta, had visited the nature reserve accompanied by law enforcement while in search of their son. 

According to the attorney, Chris stumbled upon a "dry bag" (a waterproof bag designed to keep gear dry for outdoor activities) and was later informed that police also found a backpack in the reserve as well as the human remains. Chris and Roberta were then asked to leave the reserve, Bertolino said. 

When asked about "suggestions" that Chris may have planted the evidence, Bertolino simply referred to the accusations as "hogwash", stating that authorities were with the Laundries throughout the search. 

"They [police] met them at the gate, somewhere nearby, they walked in with them, and more importantly, this is what I said, fortunately for the Laundries the press was following them in the whole time."

About whether the family believes the remains are that of Brian Laundrie, Bertolino told Cuomo: "It's not about belief, I mean, as you said at the onset, the probability is strong that it is Brian's remains, but we're going to wait for the forensic results to come in and verify that."

Brian Laundrie, who is a "person of interest" in the case of his fianceé Gabby Petito, was reported missing on 17 September.

Gabby's body was discovered on 19 September near the remote Spread Creek Dispersed Campground in Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming. A coroner's report later revealed the 22-year-old's cause of death was strangulation.

Petito, who was on a cross-country trip with Brian, was reported missing on 11 September, 10 days after Laundrie returned home without her.

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