Brian Laundrie's mom Roberta appears to wipe tear from dad's face as 'son's items found at Myakkahatchee Creek Park'

BRIAN Laundrie's mother appeared to wipe away a tear from his father's face while speaking with police at a Florida nature reserve on Wednesday where "articles" belonging to the fugitive were found.

Laundrie, 23, has been missing for more than five weeks after allegedly telling his parents he was going hiking in the Carlton Reserve on September 13 but never returned home.


His parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, were at the 24,000-acre park assisting with a police search when a number of unspecified articles belonging to Laundrie were found just after 12pm ET.

In video footage captured by Fox News, Roberta and Chris are seen speaking with a police officer on a hiking trail in Myakkahatchee Creek.

While much of the conversation is inaudible, the officer at one stage seems to tell them "we've found something" and advises the pair to go home.

The officer places his hand on Chris Laundrie's shoulder during the exchange. Roberta then turns to face him and wipes his cheek.

It's unclear what was found by officers, but the items were discovered in a patch of brambles near to a trail Brian was known to use. They were carried away from the scene in a white bag.

Family attorney Steven Bertolino said in a statement: "Chris and Roberta Laundrie went to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park this morning to search for Brian.

"The FBI and NPPD were informed last night of Brian’s parents’ intentions and they met Chris and Roberta there this morning after a brief search off a trail that Brian frequented some articles belonging to Brian were found.

"As of now law enforcement is conducting a more thorough investigation of that area," he added.

A large police presence was observed at the reserve on Wednesday, including mobile command units, patrol vehicles, and a helicopter hovering overhead.

A spokesperson for the Sarasota County Medical Examiner told The Sun that they were also called to the scene.

A large white tent was set up in a forested area shortly afterwards, close to where the articles belonging to Laundrie were found.

When quizzed as to whether a body had been found at the park, Bertolino said "no comment."

Authorities only reopened to the park on Tuesday, having shuttered it amid their investigation for more than a month. The park has now been closed once again.

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