The preliminary autopsy of Brian Laundrie’s stays didn’t uncover a cause of his death, although a extra intensive examination can be carried out, a Laundrie household lawyer stated Monday.
The inconclusive outcomes got here on the identical day Florida police admitted that officers mistook Brian Laundrie for his mom throughout the week he disappeared from his household’s dwelling.
North Port Police Department spokesman Josh Taylor stated Monday evening that within the early days of the case, they thought they noticed Brian Laundrie return within the household Mustang on Sept. 15. But it was really his mom, Roberta.
“We thought it was with him,” Taylor stated. “But it was her wearing a baseball cap, and they have a very similar build.”
Laundrie’s remains were found last week in a Florida wilderness park after a monthlong search. He was the only real individual of curiosity within the homicide of his fiancé Gabby Petito after the pair went on a cross-country street journey to nationwide parks. Petito’s body was found Sept. 19 close to a campground in Wyoming.
The case drew worldwide consideration and rogue investigations by social media customers throughout the nation, with many questioning if we’ll ever study what occurred to the couple.
Steve Bertolino, the Laundries’ lawyer, stated in textual content messages Monday that he was advised by police the autopsy by the Sarasota County medical expert didn’t produce concrete outcomes on Brian’s death.
“I was told the manner and cause of death were not determined and the remains were sent to an anthropologist (for) further evaluation,” Bertolino stated.
Laundrie’s skeletal stays present in a Florida nature protect had been positively recognized final week utilizing dental data, based on the FBI. The medical expert’s workplace declined remark Monday, as did the FBI workplace in Denver that’s main the probe.
Eventually, Laundrie’s stays can be cremated and no funeral is deliberate by his household, Bertolino stated.
No information has but been launched on what investigators present in a backpack and pocket book discovered with Laundrie’s stays.
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Laundrie was the one individual of curiosity recognized in Petito’s homicide, however he was by no means charged in connection together with her death. He was charged with unauthorized use of debit card and accounts after her disappearance.
The two had been touring across the nation in a white van collectively, and suspicion emerged after Laundrie returned to their dwelling in North Port, Florida, within the van with out her. She was reported lacking by her mother and father in New York days later, and Laundrie wouldn’t cooperate with regulation enforcement. Laundrie soon vanished as well, telling his household he was going climbing in an enormous reserve close to the house.
There has additionally been huge hypothesis concerning the situation of potential intimate associate violence within the relationship, stemming from police body camera footage from when officers in Moab, Utah, pulled the couple over Aug. 12 after a 911 name reporting that “the gentleman was slapping the girl.”
Petito’s death was dominated a homicide by strangulation. The coroner on the case stated her physique had been there for weeks earlier than it was discovered.
Some consultants have stated Petito’s homicide might find yourself a chilly case, with the one individual to have been together with her earlier than the homicide now lifeless.
“The investigation could go on indefinitely,” Steven Capriati, a former Hillsborough County prosecutor, advised native station WFLA. “If they go and decide Brian was responsible and there’s no one else they can blame, then that’s the end and the family will have to live with it and it’s a tragic incident.”
Jill Hengel, Petito’s nice aunt, stated discovering Laundrie lifeless means solutions for Petito’s homicide will tougher to get.
“I don’t consider that being justice, because the parents would never know what happened. And they want to know,” Hengel advised native CBS affiliate WTSP.
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Will we study Brian Laundrie’s cause of death?
The FBI stated Laundrie’s stays had been recognized utilizing dental data, as a result of solely skeletal stays had been discovered. That will make it tougher to find out the cause of his death.
The stays had been present in an space that had beforehand been submerged beneath water. Officials stated Laundrie’s father first noticed a bag that belonged to Laundrie, and regulation enforcement officers then found the stays and different belongings, together with a pocket book, close by – after 5 weeks of looking out by regulation enforcement.
Since an preliminary autopsy couldn’t definitively establish a cause of death, Laundrie’s stays can be examined by an anthropologist, the household’s lawyer stated Monday.
“There might not be a way to determine how he died,” Jim Clemente, a former FBI profiler, advised CNN. “If he drowned, for example, there wouldn’t be any evidence of that on his skeleton.”
Dr. Cyril Wecht, who has been concerned in high-profile death investigations, stated a key half of the investigation can be to find out how lengthy the physique had been there.
“If he shot himself, that will still be evident,” Wecht stated. “If he stabbed himself, that could be obliterated or markedly obscured by virtue of the post-mortem period and submersion in water.”
Also some extent of curiosity can be what the contents of the pocket book discovered are and whether or not it’s in-tact sufficient to learn. The contents might supply clues as to what occurred to Petito or whether or not Laundrie supposed to hurt himself.
Suicide was “always a concern” given his state of thoughts when he left for the hike, Laundrie household lawyer Steven Bertolino advised ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Will the eye simmer down?
The Laundrie and Petito case has fueled nationwide consideration, and sparked a barrage of hypothesis by so-called “social media sleuths.” They have been following each step of the investigation, and generally despatched conspiracy theories spiraling out of management.
Even after the identification of Laundrie’s stays by regulation enforcement, the conspiracy theories have continued.
Some social media customers have questioned whether or not Laundrie faked his personal death to flee prosecution for Petito’s homicide, or whether or not another person altogether killed each Petito and Laundrie. Both theories haven’t any foundation within the proof.
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Internet sleuths have additionally questioned the Laundrie household’s involvement in his disappearance. The Laundries initially didn’t converse with police, directing them to their lawyer after Petito was reported lacking, fueling suspicion about whether or not they knew something about Petito’s death. Many have accused Chris and Roberta Laundrie of masking up for his or her son. Their lawyer has firmly shot this down.
Multiple occasions throughout the seek for Laundrie, false sightings went viral on social media websites like Twitter, prompting police to place out statements disputing that Laundrie had been apprehended.
But the added consideration was credited in serving to discover the our bodies of different lacking folks. Petito’s physique was additionally found because of journey bloggers who filmed the couple’s van close by and reported the placement.
Contributing: Patricia McKnight, Sarasota Herald-Tribune; The Associated Press