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Brian Laundrie Manhunt Update: Remains Found In The Carlton Reserve Are Reportedly 'Bones'

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Oct. 21 2021, Published 3:47 p.m. ET

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The remains found near Brian Laundrie's personal belongings in the Carlton Reserve are reportedly bones.

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News Nation Now's Brian Entin reported, via Twitter, on Thursday, October 21: "We have learned the remains found in the Carlton Reserve were 'skeletal remains.' 'Bones.'"

Entin's update on the hunt for Brian in the 24,565-acre reserve comes one day after the reporter confirmed items belonging to Gabby Petito's fiancé were found off a trail at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, which is connected to the Carlton Reserve.

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Brian's parents Chris and Roberta went to the park on Wednesday, October 20, to search for their missing son, as they only now revealed Brian frequented that trail.

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The FBI and NPPD were informed Tuesday night that his parents intended to search the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, and met Chris and Roberta at the location the following morning.

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Around the same time Brian's dad found a dry bag belonging to his son on Wednesday, authorities reportedly found the most wanted man in America's backpack, along with unidentified human remains.

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OK! reported only a “a small part” of a body was found, with the FBI revealing in a press conference that the remains found in the reserve were underwater due to heavy rain and flooding.

The Laundries' attorney addressed the findings Wednesday night, acknowledging: "the probability is strong that it is Brian’s remains."

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If the remains happen to belong to Brian, this would bring an end to Gabby's highly-publicized case — but it wouldn't be the result those close to the influencer were looking for.

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Friends of the vlogger are hoping the 23-year-old is still alive, so he could provide answers regarding his alleged involvement in Gabby's tragic death. Gabby's remains were found mid-September, and her death was ruled a homicide shortly after. A coroner recently confirmed she died by manual strangulation, most likely three to four weeks before her body was found.

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“If Brian is dead, the problem is that no one will ever really know what happened or why it happened,” one of the 22-year-old's pals explained. “We’ll never have answers. That’s why I want him to be alive, because we won’t get answers otherwise. It’ll be a double tragedy for him to be dead."

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Gabby was first reported missing on September 11, ten days after Brian returned home alone from the couple's cross-country road trip in his fiancée's van. Two weeks later, Brian went hiking in the Carlton Reserve and never returned home.

Chris and Roberta reported the fugitive — who is a person of interest in Gabby's homicide — missing days after they went to the reserve to search for Brian on Monday, September 13. Brian's parents reportedly only found their son's abandoned car, which they drove home.

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