A Florida Sheriff has speculated that Brian Laundrie “probably committed suicide” before his skeletal remains were found by investigators at a nature reserve earlier this month.
Laundrie’s remains were found in a grassy stretch of land in Myakkahatchee Creek Park on October 20, more than five weeks after he vanished from his parents’ home in North Port on September 13.
The area of the park where investigators made the discovery had, in the weeks prior, been submerged in floodwaters brought on by a flurry of storms and hurricanes in the region.
Officials have not yet been able to determine a manner, cause, or time of death because of the advanced state of decomposition Brian’s remains were found in.
They are currently being examined by a forensic pathologist, with results expected to be returned in two to three weeks.
At a police conference Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt Hoffman, whose department assisted in the search for Laundrie, revealed that the area where Brian’s remains were found had been bogged by up to “four feet of water” for several weeks before they were discovered.
Laundrie’s parents had reportedly told police to search that area back in September, according to their attorney, but the treacherous conditions inside the alligator-infested park prevented them from doing so.
While the matter remains under investigation, Hoffman also curiously offered speculation about how Brian died.
“That guy went out there and by all accounts probably committed suicide and he was right out there where we thought he was,” he said, according to the Herald-Tribune.
Hoffman’s remarks come as the first time a police official has publicly speculated about how Laundrie died.
It’s unclear whether police found any evidence at the scene that supports Hoffman’s comments.
A notebook and backpack of Laundrie’s were also recovered from the scene.
NYPD homicide detective Tom Joyce, who also said that it’s likely that Laundrie’s remains were snacked on by alligators and other wildlife after his death.
According to Joyce, even if Laundrie had died on the day he vanished, that wouldn’t be enough time for his remains to naturally decompose to the extent they were found in.