More questions are being raised about Gabby Petito’s disappearance and death as her fiance Brian Laundrie’s remains have been found. On October 21, the FBI’s Denver office announced on Twitter that remains discovered at the Carton Reserve on October 20 are of a 23-year-old individual, who is a person of interest in Petito’s killing. 

Steven Bertolino, the Laundrie family’s attorney, stated that Chris and Roberta Laundrie were told that the remains found on October 22 in the location were, indeed, of their son. Bertolino later spoke to NBC News, adding, “Chris and Roberta Laundrie are parents; they are just people they have feelings they have children one of their children has just been confirmed as dead is sad under any circumstances.”

Gabby Petito’s family’s attorney stated that Gabby’s family was “grieving the loss of their beautiful daughter.” He added that the family would make a statement when they are emotionally ready to do so and during an appropriate time.

Investigators were led to the Carlton Reserve after Laundrie’s parents had informed them, saying their son had gone hiking there on September 13 and never came back home. The hike took place two weeks after he got home alone from his cross-country trip with Petito. 

Authorities discovered Petito’s remains at a campsite in Wyoming days after Brian went missing. According to the coroner’s ruling, Petito died due to strangulation.

Authorities said Laundrie was a person of interest in Petito’s death, and they thought he had answers to questions about his fiance’s final days. They also found a notebook along with a few belongings near Brian’s remains and hoped it would be useful to find some clues.

The FBI stated the items were located in a region that was earlier engulfed in water. Bertolino added that people with first-hand knowledge of the condition of that park mentioned that this was under 2 to 3 feet of water, and yet, John Q public can’t make sense of why these areas were inaccessible.