Brian Laundrie death – Tattoo could help ID leg found by Florida kayaker that sleuths think is Gabby Petito’s fiancé
A TATTOO could help positively identify a leg found by a kayaker that online sleuths wildly claimed belonged to Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie.
The body part was found by a fisherman in McKay Bay, Tampa last week.
The angler told Fox13: “I was putting out my lines getting ready to go fishing and all of the sudden I see this lump, what looked like a catfish, start floating by and as it gets closer to me I start realizing it looks more like a human leg.”
Cops say a tattoo found on the lower right calf shows three hearts displaying the names Sean, Greg, and Zach.
It’s not known who the body part belonged to, and coroners haven’t established a cause of death.
Cops have urged people who may recognize the artwork or might know anything to come forward as they continue their investigation.
Ruben Delgado, interim Tampa police chief, said: “If you saw something that you thought was suspicious in and around this area, we’d like for someone to call us. Come forward and give us a bit of information you have.”
Online sleuths wildly speculated that the leg could've belonged to Laundrie after the limb was discovered. There is no evidence to support these claims.
A Facebook user wrote: "Oh my, wonder if it's Brian's."
Another commented: “Brian Laundrie body parts don’t be surprised.”
Some social media users are not convinced that the body part belonged to Laundrie after learning about the tattoo.
One said: “A leg was found… no it’s not Brian.”
While another posted: “I’m pretty sure it was a woman’s leg (I’m assuming). There was a tattoo with hearts and three names in the hearts.”
A Facebook user added: “I don’t really see a way that that is his leg unless someone literally disembodied him and dragged him to Tampa Bay.”
Self-proclaimed internet “detectives” claim they uncovered several “clues” that could reveal what happened to the fugitive.
Laundrie was reported missing by his parents on September 17 and a wide-scale manhunt was launched as cops endlessly scoured the Florida wilderness.
The search for the 23-year-old came to an end on October 21 after cops positively identified remains found at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
Wyoming coroners revealed that Gabby died from strangulation but Laundrie's cause of death remains unknown.
Some believe a notebook unearthed near Laundrie's remains could contain a suicide note and reveal what happened to his fiancée.
FBI detectives found personal items, including a notebook and backpack, believed to belong to Laundrie, as they combed the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota, Florida.
Criminologist Casey Jordan said a notebook “pointed to the possibility” of a suicide note, 7News reports. The contents inside the notebook remain unknown.
Jordan told CNN: “That really raises the question if indeed this is Brian Laundrie and if he died by his own hand, did he take the time out to write out a note of explanation, maybe even regret?"
And sleuths believe the notebook could even reveal the truth about Gabby's murder or contain chilling drawings.
Investigators hope that the 23-year-old’s “digital footprint” will contain never-before-seen information, The Independent reports.
Paul Belli, of the International Homicide Investigations Association, told The Sun: "When you look at what an average download on a phone is, it’s thousands of pages when you actually put it into a PDF.
"While it’s fairly searchable by keywords, there’s a lot of sitting there minute-for-minute reading.”
The ex-lieutenant added that cops will have "gathered mountains of video footage" but warned it could take months to trawl through.
And sleuths also claim that Laundrie's "creepy" content on Pinterest could have predicted his fate as he posted about the "afterlife".
His Pinterest account was filled with several disturbing contents, including a frame that depicted Bart Simpson's soul leaving his body as the character says, "Hey cool I'm dead!"
A post shows a white t-shirt with an image of a skeleton in a varsity-style jacket.
The skeleton has its right hand on its head and the message “Worry Tomorrow” is emblazoned on the tee.
Laundrie's remains were sent to an anthropologist for more tests after an autopsy came back inconclusive.
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