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The search for Brian Laundrie, the wanted boyfriend of late vlogger Gabby Petito, has ended, as remains found this week in Florida have been confirmed to be of the missing young man.
The FBI's Denver office, which has been leading the investigation into Petito's murder, announced on Thursday evening that human remains found in the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve and the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park — both southeast of Sarasota, Florida — are those of 23-year-old Laundrie.
A press release issued by the department said that the remains were positively identified using dental records.
Laundrie was last seen by his parents before embarking on a hike in the preserve on Sept. 13; the area had been searched multiple times in the weeks since. Investigators said that the area in which the remains were found this week had previously been submerged in water.
The remains were reportedly found near a backpack and notebook that Laundrie's parents identified as belonging to him. The Laundries' attorney confirmed to Oxygen.com earlier this week that the family had visited the preserve with police and identified a trail their son had been known to frequent; it was near that trail that the personal items and then the remains were later discovered.
Petito's body was discovered on Sept. 19 in Grand Teton National Park, which is the last place the couple had been known to be together during their cross-country road trip. An autopsy confirmed she had been strangled and classified her death as a homicide.
Laundrie left the Grand Teton National Park and drove to his parents' house in Florida alone, arriving on Sept. 1. Petito's mother filed a missing person's report on Sept. 11, having not heard from her daughter since a pair of text messages arrived from her phone at the end of August.
Federal authorities had issued a warrant for Laundrie's arrest on Sept. 22 — for using Petito's debit card in the days after her disappearance.
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