“No trespassing” signs were placed on Saturday (October 23) around the perimeter of the Laundrie home just days after partial human remains found in a Florida wilderness were identified as belonging to Brian Laundrie, the boyfriend of murdered travel blogger Gabby Petito.
The remains were discovered on Wednesday (October 20) in the swampy Carlton Reserve not far from Laundrie’s parents’ home. Police and FBI agents had been searching for him there since his family reported him missing in mid-September.
Laundrie had been named a “person of interest” in Petito’s disappearance but was never criminally charged in her murder. A federal grand jury in Wyoming indicted him on Sept. 23 on a single count of fraudulently using her bank debit card.
Petito’s disappearance in late August during a cross-country “van life” road trip with Laundrie was followed closely by Americans as the case became an internet sensation and then a tabloid mystery.
Petito, 22, was last been seen alive on Aug. 26. Her body was discovered on Sept. 19 near the remote Spread Creek Dispersed Campground in Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming. Medical examiners found she had been strangled.
Her remains were found less than 1,000 feet (300 m) from where, on the evening of Aug. 27, another pair of travel bloggers caught video images of the couple’s 2012 white Ford Transit van parked along a dirt road.
(Production: Kristin Neubauer)