GABBY PETITO: FL police dispel Laundrie DNA rumors, blame family's 'lack of cooperation' for case mix-up

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The remains of Brian Laundrie are still in the hands of officials at this point, according to the family's attorney Tuesday. It comes after the lawyer said Monday that Brian's remains will be cremated, and no funeral service will be held for him.

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Meanwhile, Florida police are still explaining what led to them saying that they knew where Brian Laundrie was last month, when they in fact did not.

Here's the latest:

3:45 p.m., Oct. 26: FL MEDICAL EXAMINER DISPELS FALSE REPORTS ON LAUNDRIE DNA

North Port police took to Twitter to dispel rumors that the DNA of the remains found in a Florida park don't match Brian Laundrie's.

Police posted a statement from the area medical examiner, reading, "The identity of the remains found at the Carlton Reserve on October 20th were confirmed by comparison to known dental records of Brian Laundrie. No DNA analysis has yet been performed on the remains. Samples will be submitted for DNA testing once the examination of the remains by the medical examiner's office is complete."

The statement seems to be in relation to a fast-spreading, false social media post claiming that there wasn't a DNA match that has over 147,000 shares on Facebook.

2:45 p.m., Oct. 26: LAUNDRIE PARENTS RETURN HOME

Brian Laundrie's parents returned to their North Port, Florida home Tuesday afternoon, according to NewsNation Now's Brian Entin.

The parents had left Sunday to mourn at an undisclosed location. According to Fox News, Brian’s parents, Chris and Roberta met their adult daughter, Cassie, and her husband.

2:30 p.m., Oct. 26: LAUNDRIE ATTORNEY CONTINUES QUESTIONING FL POLICE

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino has continued his attack on North Port police's admission of mistakes in the surveillance and search for Brian Laundrie.

Brian Laundrie was able to escape his home, despite sizable attention on the case, and even some cameras set up by police around the home.

North Port Police Public Information Officer Josh Taylor has admitted errors in the case, including that they "missed" Brian leaving his home, which led to officials saying they knew where he was in mid-September, when they actually did not.

Taylor told WINK News "No case is perfect" and that they believed Brian returned home, when it was actually his mother, because "they’re kind of built similarly."

But Laundrie family attorney has a tough time believing this, responding in a text to Law and Crime's Angenette Levy, saying, "Everyone makes mistakes. But Brian and Roberta are not ‘built’ the same."

"Moreover, it was NPPD that put the ticket on the Mustang at the park and if they saw Brian leave on Monday in the Mustang, which is news to me, then they should have been watching the Mustang and the park starting on Monday, and they would have known it was Chris and Roberta that retrieved the Mustang from the park," said Bertolino.

1:15 p.m., Oct. 26: FL POLICE BLAME LAUNDRIES FOR MIX-UP, ATTORNEY FIRES BACK

After North Port police confirmed they misidentified Roberta Laundrie returning home in mid-September as Brian, they're now pinning some of the mix-up on the family's lack of cooperation in the case.

North Port Police Public Information Officer Josh Taylor told NewsNation Now that officers thought they saw Brian coming home Sept. 15 in a Ford Mustang, but it ended up being his mom Roberta. Taylor said because Roberta was wearing a hat, officers were confused, which led to North Port police saying the next day that they knew Brian's location.

Taylor claimed that the misidentification didn't make much of a difference in the case, telling WFLA, "Other than confusion, it likely changed nothing. There is a very good possibility that Brian was already deceased."

But Taylor did also add that, "We just wanted people to better understand why we thought we knew Brian was in his home. It was a direct result of a lack of cooperation from the family early on in this investigation."

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino fired back at Taylor in a text to WFLA, saying, "I concur with Mr. Taylor that Brian may have already been deceased when NPPD realized that they 'lost track' of him. However you can’t blame the family because the police didn’t know enough to follow someone they were obviously surveilling."

"This is a tragedy for two families and any mistakes made by anyone or any entity involved should be acknowledged and used to train or educate others so the mistakes are not repeated," Bertolino continued.

Bertolino also said that without the confusion, it could have "prevented all of the false accusations leveled by so many against Chris and Roberta with respect to 'hiding' Brian or otherwise financing an 'escape.'"

12:45 p.m., Oct. 26: OFFICIALS STILL HOLDING LAUNDRIE REMAINS

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said Tuesday that Brian's remains are still in the possession of officials.

Bertolino told Fox News that Brian's remains haven't yet been turned over to his parents, and wasn't sure when more information would be released.

10 a.m., Oct. 26: PETITO FOUNDATION POSTS ART FROM FL MEMORIAL

The Instagram page for the Gabby Petito Foundation posted a collection of some of the art that was brought to the North Port, Florida memorial for Gabby.

The account posted the collection, which included paintings and drawings of Gabby, and some messages close to the family's heart like "Let it be" and "Fly high, travel far."

The page in just a few weeks has already amassed over 27,000 followers.