The FBI has confirmed remains found at Carlton Reserve park are Gabby Petito's fiancé, Brian Laundrie, found with the help of his parents within hours of them joining the search.
Laundrie, 23, had been reported missing in mid-September after returning from a road trip without his partner Gabby, 22.
He had refused to cooperate with an investigation into her disappearance, and the YouTuber's body was later discovered in a remote area in Wyoming on September 19.
The FBI launched a manhunt for Laundrie and named him as a person of interest in Gabby's death.
It confirmed on Thursday that the remains were Mr Laundrie’s, after matching them through dental records.
On Wednesday Laundrie's parents, Roberta and Chris had joined in the search for him and within hours confirmation came that a "dry bag" containing personal items, now identified as Brian's, had been found at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
To that point, for 33 days, law enforcement had used all of the sophisticated search tools at their disposal, including sonar, drones, swamp buggies and fixed-wing aircraft, sniffer dogs and even a local rancher to try and find any trace of Brian.
Attorney Steve Bertolino released a statement, saying: "After a brief search of a trail that Brian frequented some articles belonging to Brian were found. As of now, law enforcement is conducting a more thorough investigation of that area."
Soon after, Brian's remains were found nearby under a foot of water.
Former Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce for NYPD told ABC 7’s eyewitness news that he thought something about the case was "amiss", in regards to the remains being found so soon after the involvement of Brian's parents.
Mr Boyce commented: "The day the park reopens, they go into this specific area… They go to this exact spot and they find the backpack and they identify the backpack from what I understand and the notebook in this particular area, so it’s quite strange."
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He added: "So, they go to this one location, this remote location where it’s a path where people go by and they’re being told by the FBI agent that all of a sudden we found something, we found the remains… So there’s a lot of things here that don’t add up to coincidence, so you wonder how they got there and what they knew all along."
The 23-year-old briefly returned to his parents' home in Florida on September 1, before he disappeared, with his parents claiming he told them he was going hiking.
Following the announcement, Steven Bertolino, Laundrie's family attorney has stated his parents have no further comment and asked for privacy at this time.
He told Fox News: "Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the remains found yesterday in the reserve are indeed Brian's.
"We have no further comment at this time and we ask you to respect the Laundrie family's privacy at this time."
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