Oct 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

FBI: Human remains identified as Brian Laundrie

A display in front of Brian Laundrie's home

A display in front of Brian Laundrie's home on Oct. 20. Photo: Thomas O'Neill/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Human remains found in Sarasota County, Florida, were confirmed to be those of Brian Laundrie, the FBI announced Thursday.

Why it matters: Police have been searching for Laundrie for a month. He's the only person of interest so far in the killing of his fianceé, Gabby Petito.

Driving the news: The human remains and items belonging to Laundrie were found in Sarasota County's Carlton Reserve on Wednesday, in an area that until recently had been underwater.

  • The FBI said they identified the remains by comparing dental records.
  • Officials did not release a cause of death.

Of note: While the disappearance of Gabby Petito attracted international attention, many missing person cases involving people of color and LGBTQ people are often overlooked.

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