Investigators have recovered and are processing as evidence a water bottle found near the remains of Brian Laundrie that looks very much like one being used by Gabby Petito in the couple’s travelogue videos.
The bottle sparked viral speculation among internet sleuths after a TikToker claimed to have found it in the Carlton Reserve because it looked the same as a container seen in video and images posted by Laundrie’s girlfriend, slain Long Island native Gabby Petito.
Josh Taylor, a spokesman for the North Port Police Department, confirmed to The Post that the water bottle is in the department’s possession.
TikToker Olivia Vitale posted a video allegedly showing the moment the bottle was discovered, with her filming while walking through grass while on a search.
“So, we’re looking for other stuff in the area where Brian Laundrie’s remains were,” she said. After walking for a few seconds, she sees the brownish container with distinctive markings just feet away to her left.
“There’s a water bottle right here,” she says, the video shows, and she says she’s “not supposed to touch it” and notes it appears to say “Seattle, Washington” on it.
A similar water bottle is seen in images posted by Petito from her ill-fated cross-country trip with Laundrie. Laundrie returned alone to North Port from that aborted trip on Sept. 1. Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11 and found dead in a Wyoming park eight days later. Authorities determined she was the victim of a homicide.
By then, Laundrie had gone missing after apparently going hiking at the reserve. He was a person of interest in Petito’s homicide and was wanted by the FBI for using a debit card, believed to belong to her, before returning home. He had not been directly accused of being involved in Petito’s death.
Laundries remains were recovered last week, with investigators also recovering a notebook and backpack nearby. No cause of death has been determined, and the remains recovered, mostly bones, have been sent to an anthropologist for further review, according to the Laundries’ family attorney.
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