Medical Examiner Called to Florida Reserve at Center of Brian Laundrie Search

The medical examiner has been reportedly called to the Florida reserve where authorities have been searching for Brian Laundrie. The news came shortly after his parents found items belonging to him during a search with authorities, according to their attorney.

A representative with the Sarasota County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed they had been called out, CBS News reported, along with several local news stations.

A white tent has been set up at the reserve, footage taken by the WFLA-TV chopper shows.

Earlier Wednesday, Chris and Roberta Laundrie went to the reserve near their North Port home to search for Brian, their attorney Steve Bertolino said in a statement.

The FBI and the North Police Department met the parents there, and after a brief search “off a trail that Brian frequented,” items belonging to the 23-year-old fugitive were found, Bertolino said.

“As of now law enforcement is conducting a more thorough investigation of that area,” Bertolino added.

The FBI later confirmed that “items of interest” were located at the Carlton Reserve in connection with the search for Brian Laundrie and a response team was processing evidence at the scene. The reserve is closed to the public, the FBI said.

Brian Laundrie disappeared shortly after he was named a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancé, 22-year-old travel blogger Gabby Petito.

Petito was reported missing by her parents Sept. 11 after Laundrie came home from a cross-country road trip without her. Her remains were found eight days later in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest. 

Petito was strangled to death three to four weeks before she was found, according to autopsy results. 

On Sept. 22, the FBI issued a warrant for Brian Laundrie’s arrest on charges of unauthorized use of a debit card. He has not been charged in Petito’s death.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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