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Brian Laundrie’s notebook that was found near his remains in Florida reserve ‘may be salvageable’

A water-damaged notebook found near Brian Laundrie‘s body may be ‘salvageable’, cops say, raising hopes it could yield clues to help solve Gabby Petito‘s murder.   

The FBI confirmed that a notebook, along with a backpack and dry bag, belonging to Laundrie had been found in an area of Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park that was previously underwater, not far from where they found the 23-year-old’s remains on October 20. 

The items were found by Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, who were helping police comb through the area where their son was found. 

‘As happenstance was, they stumbled upon these items,’ family attorney Steve Bertolino told CNN

It is unclear whether the notebook contains any of Laundrie’s writing or artwork, as he frequently shared drawings on Instagram, but FBI officials said the contents of the book may reveal further insight to Laundrie’s state of mind, Fox News reports.

Police and FBI officials retrieved items belonging to Brian Laundrie, including a notebook, near where his body was found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park

Chris, left, and Roberta Laundrie were at the scene to help investigators search the area where their son was found when they stumbled across the items belonging to him

Chris, left, and Roberta Laundrie were at the scene to help investigators search the area where their son was found when they stumbled across the items belonging to him

Brian Laundrie was the sole person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito

Brian Laundrie was the sole person of interest in the murder of Gabby Petito

This is the desolate swampland scene dotted with orange FBI marker paint in Florida where fugitive Brian Laundrie¿s bones were discovered, DailyMail.com confirmed on Saturday

This is the desolate swampland scene dotted with orange FBI marker paint in Florida where fugitive Brian Laundrie’s bones were discovered, DailyMail.com confirmed on Saturday

Laundrie was the sole person of interest in the disappearance and murder to his fiancée, Gabby Petito, whose body was found in Utah’s Teton National Forest on Sept. 19. 

Laundrie’s skeletal remains were found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park inside the Carlton Reserve on Oct. 20. Authorities have yet to determine a cause of death. 

A source close to the investigation told CNN that the remains ‘appear to have been there for a while’ and that ‘based on the condition of the remains, it may take some time to officially identify. It is going to be a very thorough process with the medical examiner.’ 

Bertolino said the Laundrie’s will not be holding a funeral for their son, and that his remains will be cremated and given to his parents ‘when the time comes.’ 

After learning of his son’s death, Chris told reporters stationed outside his house to ‘please let me grieve with my family.’ 

Chris and Roberta Laundrie (pictured) alerted investigators on Tuesday night that they intended to search Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park for their son on Wednesday morning. The FBI and North Port Police Department agreed to meet them at the park

The FBI and North Port Police Department have closed the 25,000-acre park, which just reopened to the public on Tuesday after being closed to the public for nearly a month due to the ongoing search for Laundrie

Chris and Roberta Laundrie (pictured) alerted investigators on Tuesday night that they intended to search Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park for their son on Wednesday morning. The FBI and North Port Police Department agreed to meet them at the park

The remains and backpack were found near a bridge between Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and the Carlton Reserve, just four miles north of Brian Laundrie's home, just a mile or two into the park. The Laundrie parents say they told the police that it's where Brian might have been, but the portion of the land was submerged in water when cops first searched it in September

The remains and backpack were found near a bridge between Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and the Carlton Reserve, just four miles north of Brian Laundrie’s home, just a mile or two into the park. The Laundrie parents say they told the police that it’s where Brian might have been, but the portion of the land was submerged in water when cops first searched it in September 

FBI officials confirmed that they had found items belonging to Brian Laundrie near his body

FBI officials confirmed that they had found items belonging to Brian Laundrie near his body

The scene is just 700 yards from the entrance to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and still has the orange and lime green marker flags placed by the FBI

The scene is just 700 yards from the entrance to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and still has the orange and lime green marker flags placed by the FBI

Brian Laundrie's father Christopher, 62, was spotted outside of his North Port, Florida, home on Saturday morning hammering a 'no trespassing' sign into the grass of his front lawn

Brian Laundrie’s father Christopher, 62, was spotted outside of his North Port, Florida, home on Saturday morning hammering a ‘no trespassing’ sign into the grass of his front lawn

The sudden discovery of Laundrie’s body inside the reserve – described as ‘like Jurassic Park’ by one search and rescue expert – came after a massive hunt for Laundrie began there on September 17.

More than 50 law enforcement officers, many in tactical gear and wielding rifles, had combed the treacherous swamp in huge all-terrain vehicles – while drones using infra-red technology covered areas they could not tackle due to flood water.

For weeks is appeared there was absolutely no evidence of him being there.

North Port police said they did cover the area where Laundrie was found, but in airboats, suggesting that his body had been submerged underwater during the initial stages of the search. 

It is not known how long Laundrie was in the reserve before he died. He fled there on September 13, two days after police arrived at the home he shared with his parents to speak with him over Gabby’s disappearance.

On Tuesday, it was also revealed that cops had mistakenly believed they were surveilling Laundrie when they were actually keeping tabs on his mother Roberta.

Officials told WINK they’d made the mistake because Roberta Laundrie was wearing a baseball cap, and had a similar build to her late son.  

Laundrie’s parents refused to let police talk to their son – and North Port Police have told DailyMail.com that officers did not actually see Laundrie that night.

He had arrived back alone in North Port on September 1 from a road trip to Utah and Wyoming with Gabby in her white 2012 Ford Transit van.

Gabby’s body was found on September 19 in a lonely spot in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. She had been strangled.

Confirmation that Laundrie was dead was issued by the FBI last Thursday.

Mourners have created a shrine to murdered Gabby Petito on the Laundrie family's lawn

Mourners have created a shrine to murdered Gabby Petito on the Laundrie family’s lawn

Minutes before the news broke, two North Port police officers arrived at the Laundrie home to tell his parents.

His father opened the door after the solemn officers knocked twice – and DailyMail.com photos show his stunned face as he confronted the reality of his son’s death.

Gabby’s heartbroken family have only recently been able to collect their murdered daughter’s ashes. Mom Nichole Schmidt, stepdad Jim Schmidt, dad Joe Petito and stepmom Tara made the devastating trip to a funeral home in Jackson, Wyoming, last week. 

It was only a few days after Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue announced Gabby had been manually strangled before being dumped close to a remote campsite in Grand Teton National Park.

The remote site where the blogger’s body was discovered has become a shrine to Petito, complete with a stone cross dotted with flowers.

Dr. Blue refused to provide additional details about the autopsy’s findings including: if her body was buried, whether any drugs were found in her system and whether she was killed in the same spot her body was found.

He did deny online speculation that Petito was pregnant when she was killed.  

The three-to-four weeks her body was believed to be in the wilderness, however, put her death around the August 27-30 period investigators believe Petito and Laundrie had traveled to the area.

Only this week, Gabby’s mom had said she wanted ‘coward’ Laundrie to spend the rest of his life ‘in a cell’.

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito are shown on August 12 after being pulled over by police in their van. The cops had received reports of a fight between the pair. Witnesses said they saw Laundrie hit Petito. She was however deemed to be the aggressor in the argument, and the pair were separated for the night

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito are shown on August 12 after being pulled over by police in their van. The cops had received reports of a fight between the pair. Witnesses said they saw Laundrie hit Petito. She was however deemed to be the aggressor in the argument, and the pair were separated for the night

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito are shown on August 12 after being pulled over by police in their van. The cops had received reports of a fight between the pair. Witnesses said they saw Laundrie hit Petito. She was however deemed to be the aggressor in the argument, and the pair were separated for the night 

Nichole, who reported Gabby missing on September 11 after losing contact with her, said she thought her daughter would be safe with Brian on their trip.

But her view has since changed, branding him a cold-blooded killer who was being protected by his parents who had refused to talk to her.

‘Silence speaks volumes,’ she told 60 Minutes Australia.

Of the parents, she said: ‘I believe they know most of the information. I would love to just face to face ask, ‘Why are you doing this? Just tell me the truth.’

‘He’s a coward. I don’t want to say he’s insane because he went home, he’s hiding, he used her credit card. That’s not somebody who’s gone crazy.

‘He knows what he is doing, he knew what he was doing. I just want to get him in a cell for the rest of his life.’

Her husband, Jim, added: ‘We want vengeance. And justice.’

‘I hope she didn’t suffer and that she wasn’t in any pain,’ added Nichole.

‘That she was in a place she wanted to be, looking at the beautiful mountains. This was evil. She was taken at somebody else’s hand. It’s not fair.’

Timeline of missing Gabby Petito’s case

July 1: Gabby Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie left Blue Point, New York for a cross-country road trip

August 12: Police in Moab, Utah respond to a domestic incident involving the couple

Aug. 17: Laundrie allegedly flies back to Florida to ‘clear out a storage unit’   

Aug. 21: Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, has his last FaceTime video call with his daughter who was in Salt Lake City, Utah 

Aug. 23: Laundrie flies back to Utah to ‘rejoin Gabby’ on their trip 

Aug. 24: Petito is last seen at a hotel in Salt Lake City with Laundrie

Aug. 25: Petito makes final call to her mother, Nichole Schmidt, saying she was in Grand Teton National Park

Aug. 25 or 26: The couple chats with the owner of a shop called ‘Rustic Row’ in Victor, Utah for about 20 minutes 

Aug. 27: Video of Petito’s van was taken by blogger Jenn Bethune around 6.30 pm at the Spread Creek Campground; Witnesses say they saw a ‘commotion’ with the couple at Merry Piglets Tex-mex restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming 

Aug. 29: The day that Wisconsin TikToker Miranda Baker claimed that she and her boyfriend were approached by Laundrie at Grand Teton National Park and asked them for a ride at 5.30pm

Aug. 30: Schmidt receives the last text from Petito’s phone: ‘No service in Yosemite’

Sept. 1: Laundrie returns to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida in a van without Petito

Sept. 6-7: Laundrie and his parents visit Fort De Soto campsite in Florida

Sept. 11: Schmidt reports Petito missing to authorities in New York; Petito and Laundrie’s van was impounded by police in Florida that same day

Sept. 12: Grand Teton National Park rangers search for Petito

Sept. 13: Laundrie’s lawyer says on October 5 that his parents now ‘believe’ this was the day they last saw him heading for a hike

Sept. 14: Laundrie issues a statement about Petito’s disappearance through his lawyer; Laundrie’s parents claim on September 17 that Laundrie left his parents’ home for a hike this day and they hadn’t seen from him since 

Sept. 15: Laundrie is officially named a person of interest in Petito’s case

Sept. 17: Laundrie family attorney confirms his whereabouts are unknown

Sept. 18: North Port police and the FBI start searching the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County for missing Brian Laundrie

Sept. 19: Bethune realizes she has video of Petito’s van around 12am and submits the FBI with the footage 10 minutes later; Officials announce a body was found near Grand Teton National Park that matched Petito’s description in the afternoon

Sept. 21: Coroner confirms remains found in Grand Tetons belong to Petito. Her death is ruled a homicide but her cause of death is still under invesetigation

Sept. 20 – 22: FBI and North Port police continue search for Laundrie in Carton Reserve 

Sept. 22: Neighbors say they saw the Laudrie family pack up their detached camper on the day Gabby was reported missing. DailyMail.com photos show the camper was back in the driveway two days later, on September 13 

Sept. 23: FBI issues an arrest warrant for Laundrie for ‘use of unauthorized access device’ for fraudulently using a Capitol One Bank debit card that was not his between August 30 and September 1 to spend $1,000; A probe is launched into the police handling of the Utah police incident on Aug. 12; Laundrie’s parents visit their attorney in Orlando 

Sept. 25: Dog the Bounty Hunter joins the search for Laundrie 

Sept. 26: A funeral is held for Petito in Holbrook, New York, and her family launch a charity to help parents find missing children 

Sept. 27: Manhunt for Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve is scaled back after 10 day search doesn’t find him. Dog the Bounty Hunter says Laundrie and his parents stayed at Fort De Soto Park from September 1-3 and September 6-8 – and that on the latter visit only the parents left 

Sept. 28: Laundrie’s mom is accused of using a burner phone to contact her son Sept. 29: Documents reveal Laundrie’s mom canceled a reservation for the Fort De Soto Park campsite for two from September 1 to 3 and booked for three from September 6 to 8; FBI seizes surveillance footage from site; FBI investigates lead Laundrie bought a burner phone on September 14;  

Sept. 30: Bodycam footage from a second officer at the August 12 incident is released showing a distressed Petito admitting Laundrie hit her; FBI agents collect more evidence from the Laundrie home 

Oct. 1: It emerges Laundrie’s sister had contact with him after she said she did 

Oct. 2: A hiker along the Appalachian Trail claims to have seen Laundrie near the border of Tennessee and North Carolina 

Oct. 3: Investigators searched the area on the Appalachian trail for any signs that Laundrie had been there  

Oct. 4: Laundrie’s sister told protestors outside her home that her family has been ignoring her after they rebuked her story and that she does not know where her brother is

Oct 5: Laundrie’s sister appeared on Good Morning America to say she would turn her brother in if she knew where he is;  

Oct. 7: Laundrie’s father Christopher joins FBI agents on the search for his son at the Carlton Reserve but the search brings up no clues 

Oct. 12: Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue announces autopsy findings which show Petito died by strangulation; No specific date of death was given – only that she was dead 3-4 weeks before her body was found 

Oct. 16: Petito’s parents are seen collecting her ashes from the Valley Mortuary in Jackson, Wyoming

October 20: Human remains found in Carlton Reserve 

October 21: FBI confirm the body found belongs to Brian Laundrie. A notebook, backpack and dry bag are also found near the body


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