Is Brian Laundrie dead or alive? That’s the biggest question on people’s minds right now after it was reported that the FBI found human remains near his belongings in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida. Authorities asked a medical examiner and cadaver dog to arrive at the scene.

Laundrie, who is a person of interest in his girlfriend Gabby Petito’s disappearance and death, has managed to evade the FBI for weeks. But his parents, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, have started assisting the search effort recently. And today police may be one step closer to an answer.

With help from Brian’s father, the FBI discovered “some articles” and revealed items reportedly belonging to the missing man Wednesday morning. A backpack and partial “human remains” were also discovered, but it remains unclear who they belong to, or if they were part of the “articles” that authorities released, according to NBC News.

CNN reported that additional first responders have arrived on the scene at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota, Fl., accompanied by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team.

Steven Bertolino, the Laundrie family lawyer, said that Roberta and Christopher Laundrie arrived at the park this morning and found the undisclosed items after only a “brief search.” Authorities revealed that a backpack, notebook, and partial human remains were found.

“These items were found in an area that, up until recently, had been submerged under water,” the FBI said at a press conference at 4:30 p.m. “All available forensic resources” will be used over the course of “several days” to uncover more information.

“We don’t have all the answers yet,” the FBI announced. “A response team is processing the scene. The reserve is closed to the public and no further details are available at this time.”

According to chopper video, footage detailed a tent that had been set up by authorities to use as part of the search.

Despite claims and dozens of reports that Brian Laundrie had moved up north to the Appalachian Trial, authorities have continued to search the Florida park where he was originally believed to have gone missing.

In a map depicted by The New York Post, the search for Brian Laundrie had extended all over the Southeast, past Florida to the neighboring states of Alabama, Georgia, and the North Carolina/Tennessee border of the Appalachian Trail.

Tracking Brian Laundrie: Map of the search for the missing man created by 'The New York Post'
Tracking Brian Laundrie: Map of the search for the missing man created by ‘The New York Post.’ Photo Credit: The New York Post

Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, part of the rich Florida swampland along the western side of the state, is located in-between the Laundrie family home in North Port and Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, where Laundrie was believed to have camped with his parents after returning home from a cross-country road trip without Gabby Petito.

Potentially the end of a multiple-month search, the Carlton Reserve that is currently being searched for Brian Laundrie is the same location where he told his parents he was going on a hike alone, without his phone, before being reported missing.

Last Tuesday, Oct. 12, Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue revealed on a Zoom call that Gabby Petito’s homicide was due to strangulation, shocking the nation.

He also announced that she had died three to four weeks before her body was found, meaning that she died between Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, which is consistent with the case’s timeline of events.

Earlier this week, reports flew in about a Brian Laundrie look-alike who had been mistaken for the missing “person of interest.”

Severin Beckwith, a hiker from Ithaca, was raided by U.S. Marshals. It was revealed last month that Brian Laundrie had taken Gabby Petito’s credit card to “use it to run from police,” and Beckwith also had a New York credit card, where Gabby Petito’s family is from.

Speaking with Dr. Phil, Jim Schmidt, Gabby’s stepfather, said that he Brian Laundrie was probably “off the beaten path somewhere, just thinking he’s not gonna get caught.”

“Let us have some closure,” he said. “Let us come to an end to this tragic period and just move on and be able to remember Gabby for all the wonderful memories we had with her, and not looking at a TV screen wondering if he’s gonna be found.”