Brian Laundrie was 'VERY upset' and dad Chris 'couldn't stop him' leaving home when they last saw him, lawyer reveals

BRIAN Laundrie was "very upset" and dad Chris was powerless to stop him fleeing their home, the family's lawyer has said as he revealed the fugitive's last known moments before his disappearance and death.

Laundrie attorney Steven Bertolino recalled how Brian was so distraught on September 13, and despite his father’s pleas to stay under their North Port, Florida roof – the 23-year-old ex-fiance left for the last time.


"I can tell you Brian was very upset when he left," the attorney explained in an interview with NBC News.

"Chris conveyed to me several times he wished he wouldn't have let him go, but he couldn't stop him."

Ever since, the attorney suggested Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been agonizing since that fateful day.

"Brian is a grown man, a young man; 22-years-old," he added. 

"He wanted to walk out the door. 

“He's entitled to walk out that door.” (Brian is actually 23-years-old.)

Bertolino noted that both parents are hurting after learning on Thursday that one of their two children "has just been confirmed as dead."


The FBI confirmed Brian is dead identifying the partial skull found yesterday as belonging to the 23-year-old fugitive using his dental records.

Two detectives paid a personal visit to the Laundrie family home on Thursday evening to tell his parents that the skeletal remains found yesterday were their son.

"There are two young people that have now lost their lives,"Bertolino said during the NBC interview.

"These are parents that are suffering.

"Now, I understand that whatever happened or whatever didn't happen… This is tragic for two families.

"And anybody with a child, and anybody with a sense of humanity can understand the frustration that both families feel on that point."

The FBI also confirmed the identification in a statement.

"On October 21, 2021, a comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found at the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve and Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are those of Brian Laundrie," it read.

"The FBI is grateful for the tremendous investigative support from our partners."

Gabby Petito's family said they would not be commenting on Laundrie's death.

He was the only "person of interest" in the murder of the 22-year-old vlogger, who was found strangled to death in Wyoming last month.


Laundrie's cause of death has not been released.

The condition or specifics about the young man's remains that were found on Wednesday were unknown, only that investigators were analyzing a part of a skull.

The human remains were found near a notebook and dry bag belonging to Brian on Wednesday as his parents joined authorities to search the 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve.

Brian returned home to Florida without her on September 1 in Gabby's van before disappearing himself 12 days later.

His parents, Chris and Roberta, through claimed their son left to go on a hike at the reserve on September 13.

The parents had initially told authorities that they last saw Brian on September 14 before amending the date.

While joining the search on Wednesday, Roberta could be seen wiping away a tear from Chris's cheek while a police officer told them "we've found something" at the Florida nature reserve.


In an eerie twist, the remains of both Gabby and Brian were identified exactly one month apart.

Gabby's were confirmed to be hers by a Wyoming coroner on September 21, according to the FBI.

They narrowed down her final days to between August 27 and August 30 as they call on the public to contact them if they saw her during this time near the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Wyoming.

Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed that Gabby Petito died by strangulation during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

He added that Gabby's predicted death was three to four weeks before her body was found. The body was outside "in the wilderness" for this time.

And on Thursday, Brian's remains were officially identified.

The fugitive has been on the run since his fiancé Gabby Petito was found strangled to death in Wyoming on September 19.

The FBI issued a warrant for his arrest on September 24 for misuse of a bank card that Gabby's family confirmed belonged to her.

The discovery of Brian's remains along with his backpack and notebook culminates a five week slog of a manhunt that included a significant display of manpower, ATVs, drones and bloodhound dogs canvassing the alligator-infested Carlton Reserve.

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