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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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Oct 21, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

Brian Laundrie's items, possible remains found

The T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

Items believed to belong to Brian Laundrie as well as potential human remains were found in Carlton Reserve yesterday, FBI officials announced.

Driving the news: Laundrie's notebook and backpack, along with the possible partial human remains, were in an area that had been underwater until recently, FBI Tampa Special Agent Michael McPherson said at a press conference.

Biden administration makes first move on data privacy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Biden administration is launching its first big effort on privacy policy by looking at how data privacy issues affect civil rights.

Why it matters: An administration perspective on privacy policy could be key in developing a long-awaited national privacy law by putting the White House stamp on how to regulate privacy.

Axios Investigates

Exclusive: Airbnb hosts Xinjiang rentals on land owned by sanctioned group

Data: Axios research, Airbnb, Australia Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre; Map: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Airbnb has more than a dozen homes available for rent in China's Xinjiang region on land owned by an organization sanctioned by the U.S. government for complicity in genocide and forced labor, an Axios investigation has found.

Why it matters: The listings expose Airbnb to regulatory risk under U.S. law. They also land yet another American tech company in the crossfire between the U.S. and China.