Laundrie family lawyer said Brian was 'visibly upset' when he left for the reserve, and his father 'wished he hadn't left but he couldn't stop him'
A composite image showing Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie from bodycam footage on August 12, 2021 after police pulled over their van in Moab, Utah. Moab Police Department / Insider
The FBI and Laundrie family attorney confirmed the remains of Brian Laundrie Thursday.
Attorney Bertolino said Brian's father wished he could have stopped his son from leaving.
"Today is not the day to discuss the Gabby Petito case," Bertolino said in an interview with NBC News.
In an interview with NBC News Thursday, Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said that before Brian Laundrie left his parents' home for Carlton Reserve, he was "visibly upset" and his father couldn't stop him.
"Brian was upset when he left," said Bertolino. "Chris told me several times that he wished he hadn't left, but he couldn't stop him."
The FBI and the Laundrie family attorney confirmed Thursday that the "skeletal remains" - including a "partial skull," according to the NBC News interview - belonged to Brian Laundrie. Authorities were able to use Laundrie's dental records as confirmation.
Bertolino said the park was under water, making it completely "inaccessible" until this week.
Laundrie's parents, Chris and Roberta, who found their son's belongings, decided to check the park after learning it was reopening, but this wasn't the first time they'd participated in the search, their attorney said too .
Brian Laundrie was the only person interested in the disappearance and death of his 22-year-old fiancée Gabby Petito, who was reported missing by her family on September 11th after Laundrie returned to her Florida home without her on September 1 had been on an overland trip in a converted van.
Petito's remains were found on September 19; Her death was later classified as murder and the mode of death was determined to be strangulation.
Brian was reported missing by his family on September 17 after hiking the reservation where his body was found days earlier.
Bertolino also responded to conspiracies during the interview, claiming that "the family has been coordinating laundry with law enforcement since Day 1."
"Maybe there will be communication with the family when certain conversations are over," said Bertolino. "I've spoken to Richard Stafford, the lawyer for the Petito and Schmidt family, in the past."
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