Brian Laundrie’s body, or what was left of it, was identified yesterday at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, his family’s attorney is now speaking out about the 23-year-old’s state of mind when he left the house.
According to attorney Steven Bertolino in an interview with NBC News, it was easy to see that Brian was “very upset” before he left the house:
“I can tell you Brian was very upset when he left.”
Bertolino also stated in an interview with The Sun:
“Chris (Brian’s dad) conveyed to me several times he wished he wouldn’t have let him go, but he couldn’t stop him. But Brian is a grown man. He was 22-years-old (actually 23). He wanted to walk out the door, he was entitled to walk out the door.”
And even though the evidence suggests that Brian strangled his fiancée Gabby Petito, Bertolino reminded wanted to remind people that two young people are dead, and two families are grieving the loss of their loved ones.
“There are two young people that have now lost their lives. These are parents that are suffering.
Now, I understand that whatever happened or 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.”
In a separate interview with The Sun, he also dismissed any idea that Brian’s parents murdered their son, or stashed his body and belongings in the nature reserve:
“Do you really think the Laundrie’s had skeletal remains of their son, you know, in a plastic bag and brought them to present to the (Carlton Reserve)?
Do you realize how ludicrous that is, how aggravating, how maddening it is to even hear those things?”
Laundrie’s parents noted that their son left for a hike at the Carlton Reserve at Myakkahatchee on September 13, and never came back.
Heavy rains had submerged Brian’s body in the park, and made it difficult for cadaver dogs to sniff out the body. The body was identified via dental records.