Gabby Petito case: Preliminary autopsy fails to determine cause of death for Brian Laundries.


The skeletal remains of a young man found in a Florida natural reserve were identified by dental records.

The initial autopsy on Brian Laundrie's remains did not discover the cause of his death. A more intensive examination will be conducted, a lawyer for the Laundrie family said Monday.

According to the FBI, the remains of a laundry skeleton were identified positively last week using dental records at Florida Natural Resources. The laundry has been the subject of a search for more than a month as investigators tracked down the murder of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, while riding a truck together across the country.

Steve Bertolino, Laundrie's attorney, said police assured him that an autopsy by the Sarasota County Medical Examiner yielded no concrete results on Brian Laundrie's death.

They told me that the cause of death had not been determined, and that the remains had been sent to an anthropologist Bertolino said.

Eventually, Laundrie's remains will be cremated, and his family does not plan any funerals, Bertolino said.

Still, it has not released information on what researchers found in a backpack and a notebook with the remains of Laundrie.

Petito, 22, was discovered murdered last month on the edge of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, one of the places the young couple had visited on the trip that they documented through social media videos.

An autopsy in Wyoming concluded that Petito died of strangulation and that it was a homicide. Laundrie, 23, was listed as a "person of interest" in his murder but was only charged with fraudulent use of a debit card that was not his.

His remains were found in a nature preserve not far from his family's home in North Port, Florida, where he and Petito lived. Both were originally from Long Island, New York.

Laundrie came home only on September 1 from her trip with Petito. The young woman's body was found on September 19 in the Wyoming park, and authorities say she had been there for about a month.

Laundrie told her parents on September 13 that she was heading to the Carlton Reserve park in Sarasota County. That was the last publicly known contact anyone had with him.

His remains were found in the Carlton Reservation in North Port, which the young man's parents had identified as one of their favorites and where he used to spend a lot of time. On Wednesday morning, they joined the search. They found their son's backpack by "chance," according to the lawyer representing the family.

The body - or what was left of it - was found nearly three miles into the reserve or a 45-minute walk from the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park entrance. Near where he was, they also found a computer that belonged to the suspect. This finding is significant, as it could help solve the mystery that today seems far from being clarified.

"If that computer contains, for example, information that could be admissions, could be blame projection or rationalization, all that information could help in the clarification," former FBI agent Jim Clemente told CNN.

While the computer was wet when found, forensic technology experts said the information inside is "possibly salvageable." Mark O'Mara, a criminal attorney and former prosecutor, also told CNN: "I think there is going to be some great information to get out of that. Because even if there is bleeding between the ink and the pages, they have done a great job with much older articles that (the researchers) find. "

The biggest problem facing experts now is determining Laundrie's cause of death. "There may be no way to determine how he died. If he drowned, for example, there would be no evidence of it on his skeleton, "said Clemente.