"The positive ID of Brian Laundrie's remains gives some measure of closure to this case, if not to Gabby's family who will likely now never know what truly happened," the famed bounty hunter said in a statement on Friday, October 22.
"We are praying for Gabby’s family," he continued. "This outcome hopefully allows the family to now grieve in peace. Our thoughts are with them," Chapman's statement continued.
On Wednesday, October 20, unidentified human remains were discovered in the reserve along with items belong to the missing 23-year-old.
His parents Chris and Roberta Laundrie — who have previously been under public fire for appearing to not comply with the investigation — were assisting in the search on Tuesday when they came across a dry bag belonging to their son. Other items, including a notebook and a backpack, were discovered by law enforcement personnel nearby along with the human remains.
Laundrie had been missing for over a month, after he was last seen nearly two weeks after returning home from a cross-country road trip with Petito, his now-deceased fiancée.
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The Dog The Bounty Hunter star had been conducting a search for Laundrie in recent weeks, as he believed that the former fugitive was on the run following his alleged involvement in Petito's tragic death.
The TV personality claimed earlier this week that the search for Laundrie appeared to be over after the remains were found in the preserve on Wednesday.
The 68-year-old insisted that the Laundries knew where their son was, and that they have more information to provide about the circumstances surrounding Petito's death.
"There will be time to ask questions such as what was the extent of the Laundries' involvement in aiding Brian," he said at the time. "But now we wait."
On Thursday afternoon, it was revealed that the humains found in the reserve were "skeletal remains."
Hours later, the FBI confirmed that the bones were those of Laundrie, although no further details about his cause of death have been released at this time.
While it is unclear what exactly happened to Laundrie, his parent's lawyer claimed that their son was "very upset" when he left for a hike that he would never return from last month.