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October 21, 2021

Brian Laundrie's Body Found?

Different sources are now saying it's "highly probable" or that there's a "strong probability" that the remains are Laundrie's.

[Yesterday], the FBI has announced that they have found human remains in a Florida nature reserve where her boyfriend Brian Laundrie was believed to be hiding. Along with the remains, they also found items belonging to Laundrie.

A backpack and notebook known to be owned by Laundrie were found nearby the remains.

The remains apparently haven't been DNA tested yet which is why they aren't confirming the identity yet, but it's a good bet this is Laundrie. The fact that the material had been underwater suggests he may have died sometime during the last month and then his body was covered with water which is why law enforcement couldn't find him.

I mean... if I were writing this as a novel, that sure wouldn't really be his body. It would just be the body of a male victim helpfully wearing Laundrie's backpack.

I'd incorporate this into the plot, too.

Law enforcement officials searching for Brian Laundrie have made some disturbing findings unrelated to the case of his murdered fiancee Gabby Petito.

At least five other bodies have been found in the manhunt, according to the New York Post.

One of them was 33-year-old Josue Calderon, who was found at the Yadkin Valley Overlook in North Carolina, one of the locations where Laundrie was rumored to be hiding out.

Investigators said Calderon had been stabbed to death.

Then there was Robert Lowery, 46, who was found in Wyoming near where Peitito's remains were discovered in September.

Lowery had committed suicide, according to the Post.

The body of Sara Bayard was found in El Paso County, Colorado, where Petito and Laundrie had shared a photo of themselves the same day Bayard was reported missing.

Lauren Cho's body was discovered in Yucca Valley, California, thanks in part to the nationwide interest in the Petito case, the Post reported.

The body of a homeless man was also found in a Mobile, Alabama, dumpster the same day reports emerged that Laundrie could be in the city.

These tragic discoveries highlight how many missing people there are across the U.S. and how often they are overlooked and forgotten.

There was an anecdote in the great true crime book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. A hundred cops, mostly cadets from the police academy, were organized to do a close search of a woods to find a murder victim's body. The woods were known to be a dumping ground for murder victims.

One of the senior cops told the cadets, half jokingly (or maybe less than half), "Don't bother with any of the other bodies you find besides the one we're looking for, otherwise we'll be out here all night."

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