Crime Gabby Petito's Friends Say Brian Laundrie's Death Before Truth Is Known Is 'Worst Possible Outcome' Authorities discovered Brian Laundrie's remains in a Florida park, ending a 32-day search involving multiple law enforcement agencies By Steve Helling Published on October 22, 2021 03:26 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Friends of Gabby Petito's have been waiting for more than a month to get answers about the last days of her life — and fear that the discovery of Brian Laundrie's remains means they'll never know what happened. "It's really the worst possible outcome," Petito's friend, Alyssa Chen, tells PEOPLE. "We will never know exactly what he did, and we'll never know why. We'll have questions for the rest of our lives." During a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Michael McPherson of FBI Tampa announced that authorities had found human remains along with a backpack and notebook belonging to Laundrie in Florida's Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. The following day, the remains were confirmed as Laundrie's. Human Remains Found in Florida Park Belong to Brian Laundrie, FBI Confirms Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito. North Port Police Department/Facebook Human Remains Found in Search for Brian Laundrie, Along with His Backpack, Notebook Ben Matula, a high school friend of the couple's who believes Laundrie killed Petito, tells PEOPLE, "I wanted to see him answer for what he did to Gabby. I wanted him to face the music. But he made sure he would never have to answer one question or take any responsibility for what he did." Brian Laundrie Was Visibly 'Upset' When He Left Home for Last Time, but Parents 'Couldn't Stop Him': Lawyer It's unclear whether Laundrie's death was accidental or a suicide. "If he killed himself, he took the coward's way out," says Matula. "It's not the result I wanted." Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Sign up for PEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases. Gabby Petito. Suffolk County Police Department Laundrie was the subject of a nationwide search after the death of Petito, his 22-year-old fiancée. Her body was found in Wyoming in September. Authorities have said Petito died by strangulation, labeling her death a homicide. Laundrie was named a person of interest in Petito's case. Body Found in Wyoming Confirmed to Be Missing 22-Year-Old Gabby Petito, Who Died by Homicide He was allegedly last seen on Sept. 13, when he left his parents' North Port, Fla. home, saying he was going on a hike in the park in which his body was later found. For more on the updates on Brian Laundrie's cause of death and funeral plans, and other top stories, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. With Laundrie's death, the mystery of the couple's last days deepens. "On one hand, it's closure," says Chen. "But on the other hand, now there will never be closure. We'll never know for sure what happened."