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Brian Laundrie’s family lawyer says reports of planted evidence are ‘hogwash’

Brian Laundrie’s items were found in Florida. But speculation continues to mount about how they got there

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Supporters of Gabby Petito gather in North Port, Florida.

Supporters of Gabby Petito gather outside the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in North Port, Fla. Brian Laundrie’s family attorney, Steven Bertolino, denied “hogwash” reports that the Laundrie family planted evidence to impact the search for their son.

Chris O’Meara, Associated Press

Brian Laundrie’s family attorney, Steven Bertolino, denied “hogwash” reports that the Laundrie family planted evidence to impact the search for their son.

On Wednesday, the FBI in Tampa, Florida, said it had found human remains with a backpack and other items that belong to Laundrie at the Carlton Reserve in Florida, per the Deseret News.

  • The discovery came as Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, visited the park to help authorities with their search.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked Bertolino Wednesday night about speculation that Chris and Roberta Laundrie had planted evidence at the Carlton Reserve. People wondered why authorities discovered Laundrie’s items on the same day that Chris and Roberta Laundrie visited the park.

  • “In nice terms, it’s hogwash,” he said.
  • “Chris and Roberta went to this area first and as happenstance was, they stumbled upon these items,” he told CNN.
  • Bertolino then told the Daily Mail in a separate interview: “Speculation is just that.”

The FBI did not confirm if the remains were Brian Laundrie’s. However, Bertolino told CNN “the probability is strong, that it is Brian’s remains” at the park.

  • Laundrie has been a missing person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito. The two went on a road trip this summer to the West. Laundrie only returned home, though, on Sept. 1, driving Petito’s van. Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11. Her remains were found in Wyoming on Sept. 19.
  • Laundrie was reported missing on Friday, Sept. 17. He allegedly left his home on Monday, Sept. 13. Authorities have been looking for him at the Carlton Reserve because he would often frequent that location.