KEY POINTS

  • FBI confirmed the remains found at a Florida park belonged to Brian Laundrie
  • A former federal prosecutor said the criminal case might be over now
  • A legal expert believes it is hard to establish that the parents were involved 

With the FBI confirming that the human remains found at a Florida park were those of Brian Laundrie, experts are raising questions about the strange coincidences leading up to the discovery. 

Brian's father Chris Laundrie found his son's dry bag inside the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Wednesday, the day the park was reopened to the public. 

However, their initial silence and alleged non-cooperation have left experts wondering whether there is more than meets the eye. 

Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor, told Fox 13 that there are three potential crimes in a situation like this: making false statements, obstruction of justice or accessory after the fact. 

"Their initial actions weren't consistent with folks who were concerned about the well-being of their future daughter-in-law – they didn't contact law enforcement right away, they lawyered up, they potentially gave their son a week-long head start," Rahmani said. 

However, the Laundries' "recent cooperation with the search team may have wiped out any potential criminal exposure they might have had."

"If what is reported is true, if Brian Laundrie's dad, in particular, led agents to where his body was found, I don't expect any type of prosecution to happen," Rahmani said. 

Alfredo Garcia, a former assistant state attorney in Miami and the dean of St. Thomas University College of Law, said it would be extremely challenging for the state to prove the Laundries were involved.

"The state would have to prove, pursuant to the accessory after the fact statute, that they knew about his crime and they intended to make sure or shield him from criminal liability, which I think is going to be very difficult to establish beyond a reasonable doubt," Garcia told Fox News. 

Now that the remains have been identified as those of Brian, the criminal case is almost done, said Rahmani.

"The criminal case is done. There's no prosecuting a dead person. Both the ATM fraud and the likely murder indictment that was coming – the criminal case goes away," he added. 

Former NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce too had concerns regarding the parents' roles, calling the discovery "quite strange." 

"The day the park reopens, they go into this specific area ... they go to this exact spot and they find the backpack and they identify the backpack from what I understand and the notebook in this particular area, so it's quite strange," Boyce told Eyewitness News.

He added it was possible that the Laundries got a tip from somebody. "But for them to go to that exact location, it's very, very strange, in that big park ... did they know more, were they holding back? That will be determined in the next couple of days I think," he told the news outlet. 

Meanwhile, the Laundrie family's lawyer Steven Bertolino denied speculations that Chris planted Brian's belongings there and said the couple "were always cooperating with [law enforcement] with respect to locating Brian."

Law enforcement agencies during the search of the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve for Brian Laundrie Law enforcement agencies during the search of the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve for Brian Laundrie Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Octavio JONES