Brian Laundrie died of single gunshot wound to the head, autopsy reveals: Prime suspect in girlfriend Gabby Petito’s murder killed himself in Florida swamp
- Laundrie family lawyer Steve Bertolino announced the autopsy results Tuesday
- It’s unclear when he killed himself; he was last seen September 13 and his body wasn’t found until October 21
- Gabby Petito’s body was found in Wyoming on September 19; she had been dead several weeks
- The pair argued on their trip beforehand and were ordered apart for the night
- Laundrie’s remains were found in a Florida reserve on October 21
- He returned home to Florida on Sept 1 after killing Gabby then went into the Florida reserve where he killed himself without ever talking to her family
Brian Laundrie, the fiance of murdered hiker Gabby Petito, died of a single gunshot wound to the head, his autopsy has revealed.
The 23-year-old went missing in September after returning alone from a trip with Petitio, whose body was found in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
His remains were discovered in the Florida reserve near his parents house on October 21.
The Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino said in a statement on Tuesday: ‘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.
Brian Laundrie, the fiance of murdered hiker Gabby Petito, died of a single gunshot wound to the head, his autopsy has revealed. He is shown in police bodycam footage in August, during his trip with Petito
Laundrie with his fiancee, Gabby Petito, whose body was found in Wyoming on September 19
‘Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families.’
It’s unclear where Laundrie got the gun he used to kill himself, or if it was among the items recovered by police.
Laundrie returned home to his parents house in Florida on September 1.
Gabby was not with him and he had no contact with her family, who were becoming increasingly worried that she hadn’t been seen or heard from.
Chris and Roberta Laundrie are shown arriving home in October after their son’s remains were found. They were widely criticized for not turning their son into police after Gabby was reported missing
On September 11, Gabby’s family reported her missing and two days later, Brian vanished from his parents home.
He told them he was going camping in the park.
On September 19, Gabby’s strangled body was found in Wyoming. Police say she had been dead for three or four weeks.
Police started searching the park for Brian in the hopes of finding him alive to question him over Gabby’s death.
The young couple had been on a cross-country van trip but it turned sour and in August, just a few weeks before she died, they were ordered apart for the night by police.
Witnesses had see them arguing in their van and were worried.
The police however ruled that Gabby was the aggressor.
Chris and Roberta Laundrie, Brian’s parents, have been widely condemned for not talking with Gabby’s family or turning their son into police when he returned home from his trip, especially after Gabby was reported missing.
He left their home on September 13, two days after Gabby’s worried family in Long Island, New York, reported her disappearance.