Brian Laundrie’s family to mourn son in private, no funeral
The Laundrie family, who have been touched by protests and questions since their son’s disappearance, will mourn Brian privately after his remains are found.
Brian Laundrie’s family will mourn the death of the 23-year-old quickly and in private, after human remains found in a Florida park are confirmed to be their own.
Partial human remains were found by law enforcement Thursday in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park Reserve in Florida, the last place Brian was seen.
Dental records confirmed the remains were his a day later, signaling a tragic end to the mysterious death of Brian’s girlfriend Gabby Petito.
The couple had traveled the United States when Mr Laundrie returned home to North Port, Florida on September 1 without his girlfriend.
Ms. Petito, 22, was reported missing by her family on September 11 and Mr. Laundrie went missing from her family home on September 14.
The search for Mr. Laundrie intensified on September 19, when remains belonging to Ms. Petito were found in a Utah national park.
A coroner later confirmed that Ms Petito had been strangled to death.
Despite the best efforts of investigators, including local police and FBI agents, Mr Laundrie’s body was found last week after water from a flooded section of the Carlton reserve drained , revealing his partial remains, a backpack and a notebook.
Steven Bertolino, the lawyer for the Laundrie family, confirmed today that Brian’s parents will be saying goodbye to him in private.
Mr Bertolino told TMZ that the remains, which included part of his skull, would be cremated and kept by his family.
The Laundrie family has been affected by protests since Brian’s disappearance last month.
Protesters camped outside the family home in North Port, using megaphones to shout “justice for Gabby” and tossing laundry baskets on their lawns.
Police were called to Laundrie’s home on several occasions with Brian’s father Chris hammering a ‘no entry’ sign on his lawn over the weekend.
Speaking on NBC Top story Last week Mr Bertolino called for calm and understanding as laundries mourn their deceased son.
“Calling up the news that your child is no longer with you is sad under all circumstances,” he said.
“The laundries were also subjected to people outside their homes for four weeks and they continue today, which makes things all the more difficult.”
After Brian’s death was confirmed, Mr Bertolino urged protesters outside Laundrie’s house to return home.
“I would like America to know that Chris and Roberta are parents, they have feelings, children and one of their children has just been confirmed dead, it is sad under all circumstances,” he said .
“They are in mourning and I respectfully ask those outside their homes to come home, get a good night’s sleep, and at least for one night, leave them alone.”