And so the great national tragedy comes to an unfitting and unsatisfactory end, at least so far.
Brian Laundrie, the ex-fiancé of Gabby Petito, has been found dead in the Florida swamps, just feet from where his parents had decided to go look earlier this week.
The FBI confirmed Thursday that it had found the remains of Brian Laundrie, the 23-year-old fiancé of Gabby Petito and the only person of interest in her death.
In a statement, the FBI’s Denver field office, which has been leading the investigation, said a comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found in Carlton Reserve and the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Sarasota County, Fla., on Wednesday were those of Laundrie.
The identification appeared to be fairly foolproof.
The remains were found in an area that until recently was under water, the FBI said. The Sarasota County Medical Examiner’s Office and a cadaver dog from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office were called in to assist in the investigation.
Earlier Thursday, NBC News reported that the remains were “skeletal” and included part of a human skull.
The news comes as a terrible blow to those who’ve been seeking justice for Gabby Petito.
There are still hopes that the “notebook” found near the remains of Brian Laundrie could lend some clues as to exactly what transpired between the two some 2,000+ miles away in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.