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UPDATE: Skeletal remains found in Florida are Brian Laundrie's, FBI confirms

A comparison of dental records led to the confirmation, authorities said.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — UPDATE: The FBI said Thursday that a comparison of dental records had confirmed that skeletal human remains found Wednesday at the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve and Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park belong to Brian Laundrie.

Laundrie was the lone person of interest the FBI had identified in the homicide of Gabby Petito.

Laundrie's parents, Chris and Roberta, were notified Thursday evening.

"We have no further comment at this time and we ask that you respect the Laundrie’s privacy at this time," their lawyer said.

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A day after the FBI said agents found human remains near Brian Laundrie's belongings, his parents won't be returning to the Carlton Reserve area to join the continued search, the family attorney said. 

"We have no new information as we will be waiting [for] the forensic reports like everyone else," Steven Bertolino to 10 Tampa Bay.

A North Port police spokesperson confirmed the remains were skeletal.

Speaking with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Bertolino said Wednesday, "the probability is strong that it is Brian's remains but we are going to wait for the forensic results to come in to verify that."

Law enforcement says the search continues in the vast Carlton Reserve area, which includes the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. 

North Port Police Department confirms it requested a Pasco County cadaver K-9 for today's search. 

Portions of the Carlton Reserve and adjacent Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, which only reopened to the public Tuesday following a month-long closure, will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future.

Wednesday's announcement from the FBI is the biggest development in the search for Gabby Petito's fiancé, Laundrie, who has been missing for more than a month and not long after he returned from a cross-country road trip without her.

Laundrie is considered a person of interest in her murder, FBI special agent in charge Michael McPherson said.

According to Laundrie's family lawyer, Steven Bertolino, Laundrie's father, Chris, found a bag with Brian's belongings Wednesday morning while at the Carlton Reserve. Law enforcement, he says, found a separate backpack.

The FBI says agents found items including a backpack and a notebook, all in an area that had been underwater until recently.

RELATED: FBI: Likely human remains found near Brian Laundrie's belongings in Carlton Reserve

Brian Laundrie, 23, and 22-year-old Petito set out on a cross-country road trip in July in a van that police say was later discovered at the home of Laundrie and his parents in North Port, Florida, where Petito lived.

Laundrie returned to North Port on Sept. 1 without Petito.

On Saturday, Sept. 18, the North Port Police Department, FBI and agency partners began searching for Brian Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve. His family said detectives believe he entered the expansive area a few days earlier. The area has more than 80 miles of hiking trails.

The next Sunday, a body was found in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest. On Sept. 21, authorities positively identified the remains to be Petito.

The coroner's office determined Petito's manner of death was homicide while the autopsy revealed she was killed by "manual strangulation." It was estimated that Petito had died three to four weeks before her body was found.

Law enforcement had largely scaled back its search for Brian Laundrie at the reserve, with North Port police saying that they "have exhausted all avenues in searching of the grounds there." That has since changed.

 An arrest warrant for bank fraud continues to hang over Brian Laundrie as law enforcement continues looking for him.

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