NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Just hours after the FBI's Tampa field office confirmed the discovery of human remains at a Florida reserve -- as well as items belonging to Brian Laundrie -- his family's attorney said it's likely the remains are that of Laundrie.
Here's the latest:
10 p.m., Oct. 20: LAUNDRIE ATTORNEY SAYS 'STRONG' POSSIBILITY REMAINS ARE BRIAN'S
In an appearance on "Cuomo Prime Time" on CNN, Laundrie attorney Steven Bertolino said the possibility is high that the remains found Wednesday are that of Brian Laundrie.
Bertolino told Chris Cuomo that the family is heartbroken over the discovery of Brian's personal items and possible human remains, saying, "The probability is strong that it is Brian’s remains but we are going to wait for the forensic results to come in to verify that.”
As for why the parents opted to visit the reserve today, Bertolino said it was in part because it had finally become open to the public Tuesday, so they had asked and were permitted by North Port police.
Bertolino estimated the remains were located only about a mile or so from the park's entrance, and that receding water played a part in making the discovery.
He also called claims that the items were planted as "hogwash."
Bertolino also detailed that the claims of when Laundrie went missing and when the family knew he was missing as being "twisted." He also said he personally instructed Laundrie's parents to not speak to the Petito family or police.
5 p.m., Oct. 20: LAUNDRIE ATTORNEY SAYS PARENTS WERE AT RESERVE WHEN REMAINS WERE FOUND
Following the FBI's news conference revealing apparent human remains were found at Carlton Reserve Wednesday, Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino released a statement:
"Chris and Roberta Laundrie were at the reserve earlier today when human remains and some of Brian’s possessions were located in an area where they had initially advised law enforcement that Brian may be," said Bertolino. "Chris and Roberta will wait for the forensic identification of the human remains before making any additional comments."
4:30 p.m., Oct. 20: FBI CONFIRMS DISCOVERY OF HUMAN REMAINS AT FL RESERVE
FBI Tampa revealed Wednesday what they found while searching for Brian Laundrie at Carlton Reserve Wednesday.
"Earlier today, investigators found what appears to be human remains, along with personal items including a backpack and notebook belonging to Brian Laundrie," said Michael McPherson, FBI Special Agent in Charge, Tampa Field Office.
The FBI did not end up confirming the remains are that of Laundrie.
"These items were found in an area that up until recently had been underwater. Our evidence response team is on scene using all available forensic resources to process the area it's likely the team will be on scene for several days," said McPherson.
McPherson said they have no additional comment on activity in the search. Portions of Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and Carlton Reserve will remain closed to the public until further notice.
"This is an active and ongoing investigation," said McPherson. "So we ask the public to maintain distance from any law enforcement personnel, equipment, vehicles and other related activity for the safety of the public and to protect the integrity of our work."
Chants of "Justice for Gabby" rang out seconds after the press conference ended. No questions were taken.
3:30 p.m., Oct. 20: FBI SETS PRESS CONFERENCE IN LAUNDRIE SEARCH
FBI Tampa is set to make a statement to the media in connection to Wednesday's findings in the search for Brian Laundrie.