CRIME, POLICE + COURTS

Brian Laundrie death ruled suicide

Nov 23, 2021, 11:48 AM | Updated: 2:36 pm
Bodycam footage from the Moab Police Department that shows them talking with Brian Laundrie is seen...
Bodycam footage from the Moab Police Department that shows them talking with Brian Laundrie is seen. Gabby Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie were pulled over by police and talked to separately. On Friday, the attorney for the family of Laundrie released eight pages from Laundrie's notebook that was found near his body. Moab Police Department

TAMPA, Fla. — Brian Laundrie’s death has been ruled a suicide according to autopsy results shared by his family’s attorney to Florida news station WFLA.

Laundrie was the only suspect identified by law enforcement in the disappearance and death of his fiance Gabby Petito earlier this year.

“Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide. Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families,” Laundrie’s family attorney Steven Bertolino told WFLA.

The District 12 Medical Examiners Office in Florida did release a press release on the findings on Tuesday, confirming the statement from the Laundrie’s attorney. 

Information about the origin of the gun used by Laundrie has not yet been released by the family’s lawyer. 

Brian Laundrie’s skeletal remains were found along with a backpack and notebook on October 20, 2021, in a Florida nature preserve after an extensive search. His remains were found one month after Gabby Petito was found strangled to death in the Grand Teton national park in Wyoming.

The development in Laundrie’s autopsy report is the latest in a months-long investigation and search into the deaths of a young couple, Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito. 

The couple had been traveling cross country in a van, posting to social media sites along the way. On August 12, 2021, Moab Police officers responded to a reported incident of domestic violence between Launtrie and Petito. “Officers conducted an investigation and determined that insufficient evidence existed to justify criminal charges,” said Moab Police Chief Bret Edge reflected on the incident in an email to KSL. The couple continued their trip Northward, with Petito last speaking to family on August 25th. 

Gabby Petito was reported missing by family on September 11th, a full 10 days after Brian Laundrie had returned to his family home in Florida without her fiance. After Laundrie refused to speak to investigators he was also reported missing by his family on September 17th.  Days later on September 19th, Petito’s body was found.

The FBI investigation is ongoing and more details will be forthcoming. 

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