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Has Brian Laundrie been found today?

As authorities continue their search for the fiance of Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old found dead last month, investigators may finally have found trace of his whereabouts.

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Has Brian Laundrie been found today?
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On Wednesday officials confirmed that human remains have been found in the same area as some possessions believed to belong to Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s fiancé who has now been missing for over a month.

A law enforcement official simply confirmed that investigators had discovered what appear to be partial human remains, but they have not yet been able to identify them. They were found in a previously submerged area in Florida’s Carlton Reserve which was flooded recently.

Special agent Michael McPherson of the FBI's Tampa office confirmed: "Earlier today investigators found what appears to be human remains along with personal items, such as a backpack and notebook, belonging to Brian Laundrie.”

"These items were found in an area that up until recently had been under water.”

Laundrie’s parents help uncover missing son’s belongings

Brian Laundrie has not been seen since leaving his family home on 13 September, and his parents told law enforcement that he left without his phone or wallet and carrying just a backpack. He reportedly told his parents that he was going to the 25,000-acre nature reserve nearby.

Since going missing, Laundrie’s parents directed FBI and police authorities to Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park as a potential area of interest. Steven Bertolino, an attorney for the Laundrie family, said in a statement on Wednesday saying: "some articles belonging to Brian were found.”

He added: "Chris and Roberta Laundrie were at the reserve earlier today when human remains and some of Brian’s possessions were located in an area where they had initially advised law enforcement that Brian may be.”

"Chris and Roberta will wait for the forensic identification of the human remains before making any additional comments."

Family unsure of Laundrie’s movements

Laundrie left his family home more than five weeks ago but his parents have since confirmed that they did not inform authorities of his absence for three days. When initially questioned by police over the disappearance of Petito, the 23-year-old had invoked his Fifth Amendment right to silence, excusing him from making any official statement.

He was designated a person of interest but was not charged with any crime, meaning that he remained out of custody. On 19 September, human remains later confirmed to be that of Petito’s were found in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest. Four days later a federal arrest warrant was issued for Laundrie, relating to the use of two financial accounts that did not belong to him between 30 August and 1 September.