The FBI confirmed that the remains found in Watauga County do not belong to the missing 23-year-old Brian Laundrie. 

“At this time, there is no evidence to connect or any reason to believe it is related to the search for fugitive Brian Laundrie,” the FBI told WSOC-TV on Oct. 11.

The corpse was spotted under the Yadkin Valley Overlook by a visitor to the Blue Ridge Parkway three days prior. 

The discovered body was part of an ongoing investigation by the FBI but was not related to the search for Laundrie the only person of interest in the slain of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, the bureau said.

Officials said the identification of the deceased and the cause of death are pending the findings of an autopsy. The news outlet reported, however that investigators said the victim might have been stabbed. 

They have also received reports of Laundrie sightings in North Carolina along the Appalachian Trail, which crosses past the Blue Ridge Parkway, but declined the tips were valid. 

Laundrie, the fiance of Gabby Petito, purportedly went for a hike in the Carlton Reserve on Sept. 13 and never returned. A massive search in the vast reserve was launched afterward. Authorities later stretched the search to the Appalachian Trail that leads to North Carolina by the end of September.

Despite an intensive search in addition to Dog the Bounty Hunter Duane Chapman participating in the effort, the fugitive has remained elusive for nearly a month. 

Laundrie returned to Florida from a month-long field trip with Petito without her on Sept. 1. Her body was found on Sept. 19, several days after Laundrie vanished. 

While the death has been ruled a homicide, a coroner this week reported on autopsy results that Petito was strangled to death by a person weeks before her corpse was found.

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