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What may be in that notebook belonging to Brian Laundrie?

Oct 21, 2021, 4:27 PM | Updated: 4:28 pm
Laundrie notebook...
NORTH PORT, FL - OCT. 20: Police tape restricts access to Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on October 20, 2021 in North Port, Fla. The FBI announced human remains and personal items, backpack and notebook, belonging to Brian Laundrie have been found there. Officials have been searching for Laundrie in connection with the death of his fiancee Gabby Petito, whose body was found in Wyoming. (Photo by Mark Taylor/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Taylor/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — A notebook belonging to Brian Laundrie, found Wednesday in a Florida swamp, is unlikely to contain a written confession, says a Utah lawyer.

Read more: FBI: Dental records show that remains are Laundrie’s

Related: Listen to live coverage on the discovery of Laundrie’s remains on Jeff Caplan’s Afternoon News

Laundrie is a person of interest in the disappearance and death of his fiancée, Gabby Petito. Thursday, the FBI confirmed partial remains found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in western Florida, belong to Brian Laundrie. His parents had joined the search there on Wednesday.

Notebook of Brian Laundrie probably does not contain confession, Skordas predicts

Defense Attorney Greg Skordas joined Dave & Dujanovic Thursday to discuss the discovery of the notebook, and what it could tell us about Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito.

The FBI said the recovered items, including Laundrie’s backpack, were underwater until recently.

Co-host Dave Noriega asked Skordas if the recovered notebooks from other crimes hold a confession.

“I don’t think that there’s going to be much coming out of this notebook,” Skordas said.

He added he knows the minds of people who commit these horrible acts and their notebooks tend to be self-serving.

“You might have written something in there about how Gabby was the more aggressive one or how she caused the problems, and how he did nothing wrong,” Skordas responded.

Skordas said he would be surprised if written in Laundrie’s notebook is a confession to Petito’s murder. He also doubted it might contain an apology to her family. Nor did he think it would express how Laundrie couldn’t live with himself for past transgressions.

Case will wrap in a month, says Skordas

“We don’t know if law enforcement does see anything in that notebook — if it isn’t washed out by the elements — if they’ll actually tell the public what was in that notebook,”co-host Debbie Dujanovic said.

Skordas said because of the intense public scrutiny in the case, law enforcement will release what they know to the public.

“The authorities in Florida will issue a full statement on what they found, the condition of the body, what was contained in the notebook that’s relevant to their inquiry,” Skordas said. “They’ll probably say that their investigation is now closed, but that’s probably for press conference in about a month.”

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What may be in that notebook belonging to Brian Laundrie?