Brian Laundrie, the subject of a massive law enforcement search after his fiancee Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito was found dead in a Wyoming campground in September, died by suicide, his family’s attorney said in a statement on Tuesday.
Steven Bertolino stated that Laundrie was killed by a gunshot injury to his head.
“Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families,” he said.
Petito’s strangling death was handled solely by Laundrie (23 years old). This story was viral and attracted worldwide attention. The couple took a road trip across the country in their van. Laundrie then returned to Florida without Laundrie and eventually refused to cooperate.
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Then, Laundrie went missing himself, sparking a weekslong search in the swampy woods of southern Sarasota County that involved dozens of law enforcement personnel from the FBI and agencies across Florida.
Authorities found the skeletal remains of Laundrie on Oct. 20 at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, where he was reported missing by his family. Authorities said that a notebook and other personal belongings were also found with the remains.
The North Port Police Department released a statement by the Florida Medical Examiner confirming that the remains had been identified using dental records, and not DNA.
His remains were then given to an anthropologist for further examination.
Gabby Petito was strangled.Experts agree that an assault like this is a sign of intimate partner homicide.
Before his remains were discovered, Laundrie was wanted on federal charges for using Petito’s debit card to withdraw cash.
Petito and Laundrie’s case drew global attention, dominating cable news channels for many weeks. On Oct. 12, a Wyoming coroner ruled Petito died of strangulation, adding that her body was “outside in the wilderness” for 3-4 weeks before being found.