Oct 20, 2021
Brian Laundrie Search FBI Press Conference Transcript: Possible Human Remains Found
FBI officials held a press conference on October 20, 2021 to discuss the finding of possible human remains in the search for Gabby Petito’s fiancee, Brian Laundrie. Read the transcript of the briefing here.
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Michael McPherson: (00:02)
Good afternoon. My name’s Michael McPherson. I’m the special agent in charge of the FBI Tampa Division. As you’re aware, the FBI and the North Port Police Department, and our state and local law enforcement partners have been searching the area of the Carleton Reserve for Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito.
Michael McPherson: (00:24)
Earlier today, investigators found what appeared 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, have been underwater. Our evidence response team is on scene using all available forensic resources to process the area. It’s likely the team will be on scene for several days. I know you have a lot of questions, but we don’t have all the answers yet. We are working diligently to get those answers for you.
Michael McPherson: (01:02)
We are grateful for the dedication and professionalism of the North Port Police Department, along with our partners from the state and local agencies. Complex investigations such as this cannot be accomplished by one agency alone, but there’s just too many agencies to name them all here today. Portions of Myakkahatchee Creek Environment Park and Carleton Reserve will remain closed to the public until further notice. This is an active and ongoing investigation, so we ask the public to maintain distance from any law enforcement personnel, equipment, vehicles, and other related activity, for the safety of the public, and to protect the integrity of our work.
Michael McPherson: (01:46)
We have no additional comment related to today’s activities. Our FBI Denver Office is the lead investigative agency, and all future inquiries should be directed to them. We appreciate the tremendous support from the public, and continue to ask for your assistance in bringing this investigation to a close. Thank you.
Speaker 2: (02:06)
Was the backpack found near the-
Speaker 3: (02:09)
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