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Thursday, October 21, 2021

The FBI's Denver office said Thursday that remains found in a Florida nature reserve are those of Brian Laundrie, who went missing last month. The FBI said dental records confirmed the identification. ... Investigators also found a backpack and a notebook belonging to Laundrie, 23, near the remains while they were searching the Carlton Reserve in North Port, according to FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael McPherson.



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Sad that this person's parents allowed him to go kill himself rather than face the consequences of his action, i.e., putting to death his travel companion. Finding him after 'a brief search' suggests that his parents knew where he was all the time, and elected to stonewall the grieving parents of this guy's victim...

#1 | Posted by catdog at 2021-10-20 06:38 PM | Reply

The Carlton Reserve just became Florida's #1 Halloween destination! Spooky.

#2 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-10-20 07:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

If he is dead, more power to him. Don't give the vultures the pleasure of picking away at his entire existence over the course of a protracted jury trial. If he is dead, it is all over now.

#3 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-10-20 08:31 PM | Reply

can we now stop pretending like the two dead people were a matter of national importance?

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2021-10-20 08:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Added to the list of graves to Piss on ... .

#5 | Posted by a_monson at 2021-10-21 04:23 AM | Reply

Hmmmmm . . . partial human remains and Laundrie's personal belongings found at the scene. And his parents directed them where to go.

We're all thinking the same thing. Staged. Right?

Not saying it's so but it wouldn't be the first time someone staged their own death to to buy get-away time.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-10-21 05:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Either the "partial human remains" can or cannot identify it as Laundrie's or not. We should not be deprivedof that information and it sort of pisses me off that authorities won't divulge whatever truth there is to that. Like Twin said, I want to know if he is dead or just faking his own death. If he is still alive he will kill again. I have believed all along that he would commit suicide rather than face the consequences for murdering his girlfriend. I am reasonably sure that this story indicates that but we still need the coroner to confirm it.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2021-10-21 08:36 AM | Reply

I posted this in the other thread but it is valid here as well.

I just have a hard time believing it is him. I really feel like the family planted items at this location, although human remains would be difficult for them to do. They just happen to notify police the night before of where they will be searching in the morning and oops there he is? I get that the area was previously under water, but it just feels off to me.

#8 | Posted by justagirl_idaho at 2021-10-21 10:35 AM | Reply

DNA will solve the identification problem. Not unusual for critters to scatter them.

#9 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-10-21 11:35 AM | Reply

The article didn't say how long the remains had been under water. Only that he had been missing for a month and the parents told them he was probably in that particular area. And the police described the bones as "apparently" human. And it's true that wild animals could have carried stuff away. I don't know what wild animals inhabit the area.

I still think there's cause for suspicion. As RIGHT/TRITE said, DNA will tell the story. His parents will have a lot of questions to answer if it turns out different.

Maybe we'll get another headline about the story.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-10-21 12:21 PM | Reply

He faked his death? They put him on a private plane to a country with no extradition treaty with the US?

Wouldn't be the first time that's happened, think Saul Shenbien, he killed his neighbor for kicks and his parents sent him to Israel for "Jewish justice" Lol.

He got a few years there, I think.

Not the life sentence Maryland was persuing.

#11 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-10-21 12:43 PM | Reply

I just heard on the news that the identity has been confirmed through dental records. It was Laundries.

#12 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-10-21 05:54 PM | Reply

I'm not suspicious of the parents because I'd have to care about this story to form an opinion on them, but I am curious about how there could be a place that (a) Brian liked to go that (b) stayed underwater for weeks.

What the hell kind of campsite is that?

#13 | Posted by rcade at 2021-10-21 05:59 PM | Reply


That's a good question. We can only speculate. The Reserve isn't all that small. It's about 80 square miles.

The Carlton Reserve is near Venice on the West Coast so parts of it could have been, not exactly underwater but maybe too "swampy" at the time to search. Swampy usually means snakes and alligators. I wouldn't go in there either but if it has "keys," it was probably not a real campsite but rather a makeshift campsite and a good place to hide.

Today's news report didn't say how long he'd been there nor the cause of death.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-10-21 06:36 PM | Reply


I dont recall where I saw it today, but the article made me feel like there wasnt much of him there, so speculation is an possible alligator attack? They may have known where he was and since they hadnt heard from him in long enough to worry they contacted the police to search with them. I still feel like the parents know way more than they are saying.

#15 | Posted by justagirl_idaho at 2021-10-21 06:58 PM | Reply

"If he is dead, more power to him. Don't give the vultures the pleasure of picking away at his entire existence over the course of just one murder."


#16 | Posted by danni at 2021-10-21 07:03 PM | Reply

BTW, I have said from the beginning that he would be found dead, his parents knew what he was going to do. I don't know what their complicity to his crime of murder should be but they should not escape any scrutiny over it.

#17 | Posted by danni at 2021-10-21 07:05 PM | Reply

Danni, it is fine to assume that he murdered her but the truth of that matter is we know nothing about the details of what happened leading up to her death. We fill in the large blanks with our own assumptions based our own deep psychological biases. This could have been manslaughter. Or perhaps there is another person involved we know nothing about. The possibilities are almost endless. But it is easier for people to create their own narratives and deny the credibility of anything else.

As a defense attorney, I see this all the time. Situations are pretty much never simple nor straight forward.

#18 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-10-21 07:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Today's news report didn't say how long he'd been there nor the cause of death.

Well they found his teeth, which means part of the head should be available to investigate (thinking gun shot to the head).

Other than that, or maybe a drug over dose, how are they going to make a determination regarding cause of death if he's severely mangled by local wildlife?

#19 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-10-21 07:11 PM | Reply


This has been my perspective from the beginning. Simply too many unverified variables to take any formal action. Unless the parents confess to what they actually know, nothing will come of this for them.

#20 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-10-21 07:13 PM | Reply

I did a quick search and learned that Carlton Reserve does have some big wetlands for fishing, canoeing and kayaking, etc. Their website also says they have "primitive campsites." I don't know what that means but it sounds like it could explain a lot.

#21 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-10-21 07:28 PM | Reply

" Their website also says they have "primitive campsites." I don't know what that means"

Those are campsites with no hookups, and not near other creature comforts, like a bathroom/shower.

#22 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-10-21 08:36 PM | Reply

Primitive camping is real camping. 80sq miles of land might even classify it as backcountry camping. You hike in, find a spot, and relax.

Opposite of car camping or glamping

#23 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-10-21 08:41 PM | Reply

Carlton's website says these "primitive campsite" have to be reserved a year in advance.

Since Laundries parents said he went there often because he liked the place I wonder if he had a standing year-round reservation. Maybe that's why they could tell the FBI where to look.

If so, the complicity thing off the table. They were being helpful.

#24 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-10-21 08:54 PM | Reply

There is still one more unresolved issue in my mind concerning Laundrie's parents. When he came home alone, how much, if anything, did their son tell them about killing Gabby prior to the discovery of her body? IOW, what did they know and when did they know it?

They could still be in jeopardy.

#25 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-10-22 04:08 AM | Reply

Odd that people talk about his parent's possible "complicity" or whatever as if they had any say over a grown@$$ man's life... even if it was their son.

Wilderness deaths are messy. All Godz creatures gotta eat. They don't call this thing we cruise around in a "meat suit" for nothing. Two or three days in the elements and the only meaningful difference between roadkills is the size.

#26 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-10-22 08:29 AM | Reply

24,000 acres is 37.5 sq. miles. Not 80. Who did the math? Still, it's a big area but less than half what you all have been saying. Tighten up,you're slipping. What else are you wrong about?

#27 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-10-23 10:39 AM | Reply

24,000 hectares is close to 80 sq. miles. That's probably the error.

#28 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-10-23 10:41 AM | Reply

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