Brian Laundrie’s parents are fighting in court to access his estate, which would include the $US20,000 ($A27,600) in his bank account and the notebook some think may hold the secrets of the murder of his fiancee Gabby Petito in the US.
According to family lawyer Steven Bertolino, once the FBI closes the case on Ms Petito’s murder and Mr Laundrie’s death by suicide, “retained property will be returned to its owner,.
As Mr Laundrie didn’t have a will, an expert explained to the publication that his dad Chris and mum Roberta have to go through the courts to request to become administrators of his estate in a technical but common procedure in Florida.
According to court records obtained by Radar, Chris and Roberta Laundrie filed a petition in Sarasota County court on December 8, and the first hearing in the matter was expected.
Records show they submitted their son’s death certificate in court along with information about his bank accounts and property.
Mr Laundrie’s estate also includes a notebook found near his remains.
The exact contents of the notebook are unknown, but the object has been the centre of speculation, and it is believed that the 23-year-old’s final words may be inside.
It is unlikely that the contents will ever be released to the public.
One expert suggested the notebook is being “preserved” by the FBI to aid with the investigation.
Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe told CNN the journal could help authorities to understand Mr Laundrie’s “motive” or his feelings about Ms Petito, 22.
Mr McCabe said a team of law enforcement experts would have been “trying to recover the writing, the ink marks and fingerprints”.
He said: “In terms of understanding Laundrie’s motive, his feeling about Petito, maybe any kind of notes or comments he may have made about the events, that notebook could shed a lot of light on those issues.”
Mr Laundrie’s remains and personal items were found in Florida’s Carlton Reserve on October 20, a month after his fiance Gabby was found strangled to death at a Wyoming campsite.
The remains, and the articles belonging to Brian, were found in a stretch of land inside the 10,000-hectare park that had been submerged in floodwaters.
Mr Laundrie was pictured with notebooks while travelling with Gabby Petito.
In one photo, Brian was tucked under some blankets next to a stream and appeared to be relaxing in a hammock while they explored the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.
A green, spiral notebook was seen stacked on top of a paperback and a handful of pens.
And, during their ill-fated cross-country road trip, an orange notebook can be seen inside a tent while the young couple was camping at Zion National Park, Utah.
Other notebooks appear to be shelved inside Gabby’s immaculately decorated 2012 Ford Transit Connect van’s interior.