Brian Laundrie shot himself in head, family attorney confirms
The whereabouts of the gun used in Brian Laundrie’s death remains unknown, days after a lawyer for the family revealed the results of an autopsy on the 23-year-old’s remains.
Mr Laundrie, who was the focus of a manhunt for more than a month as investigators searched for clues in the death of Ms Petito during their cross-country van trip together, was found to have shot himself in the head.
The Laundrie family’s lawyer Steven Bertolino said his parents had been informed about the cause of death, a gunshot wound, and the manner of death was suicide.
It comes after the results of autopsy in October found no conclusive cause of death, in part thanks to the remains being found submerged in an area of the Myakkahatachee Creek Environmental Park in Florida on 20 October.
Authorities have also been trying to repair a personal notebook retrieved from a dry bag near his body as part of their investigation into the death of his girlfriend and fiancé Gabby Petito, in addition to the gun.
Crucial to their investigation will be Laundrie’s digital communications, including his texts and emails, use of social media, and internet browsing history prior to his death.
What have Gabby Petito’s family said?
“The Schmidt and Petito family has been aware of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the sole suspect in Gabby’s murder,” an attorney for the family said in a statement Tuesday.
“Gabby’s family will not be making a statement at this time due to the request of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Teton County Prosecutor’s Office,” the attorney, Richard Stafford, reportedly added of her parents and stepparents.
Gino Spocchia25 November 2021 14:42
Laundrie family ‘mourning’
Steven Bertolino, the Laundrie family lawyer, told reporters following the recent autopsy that he hoped the finding brought closure for both families, inculding that of Gabby Petito.
He added that “Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families”.
Gino Spocchia25 November 2021 14:12
Where could Brian Laundrie’s alleged gun be?
Although the anthropologist’s ruling has answered one question – how did Brian Laundrie die – it raises others, like what happened to the gun that the 23-year-old used?
As Graig Graziosi writes, there remain a few possibilities as to its location…
Gino Spocchia25 November 2021 12:51
Brian Laundrie: The dark themes that permeate his digital footprint
A recently uncovered social media account belonging to Brian Laundrie is being pored over by an army of internet sleuths seeking clues to his state of mind prior to his death.
The Pinterest page suspected of being Mr Laundrie’s is also offering new clues into his state of mind in the weeks before his girlfriend Gabby Petito went missing on or about 25 August.
Ms Petito’s remains were found in Wyoming on 19 September. Laundrie was found dead in a Florida reserve a month later, and autopsy results showed he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, family lawyer Steven Bertolino announced on 23 November.
Eleanor Sly25 November 2021 11:15
Gabby Petito family waiting to see if others will be charged as Brian Laundrie lawyer reveals cause of death
The family of Gabby Petito has said it is waiting to see if other individuals are charged over their daughter’s murder, after it was reported the suspect in her death had shot himself in the head.
A lawyer for the family of Brian Laundrie, whose remains were recovered from a Florida nature reserve last month, said a post-mortem examination had concluded the 24-year-old had died after shooting himself in the head with a gun.
Laundrie had been named as a “person of interest” by the FBI in the disappearance and killing of the 22-year-old woman, whose case triggered global attention.
Andrew Buncombe has more:
Eleanor Sly25 November 2021 10:00
Dog the Bounty Hunter questions latest news on Brian Laundrie
Dog the Bounty Hunter has questioned the latest details released on Brian Laundrie’s autopsy results, hinting that he believes that the fugitive could still be alive.
Just hours after the news broke on Tuesday that Laundrie had died from suicde, Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman appeared on Fox News to give his take on proceedings.
During his interview with the channel, Mr Chapman spoke of the fugitive as if there was still some doubt that the human remains found last month in Florida did not belong to him.
“If he’s alive he’s going to get arrested,” Mr Chapman said before adding: “Right now it looks like he committed suicide.”
“It’s a tragedy for both families,” he said.
Eleanor Sly25 November 2021 08:34
Did Brian Laundrie leave a suicide note? Damaged notebook may provide last chance of learning how Gabby Petito died
A notebook recovered close to the skeletal remains of Gabby Petito’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie may represent the last hope authorities have for finding answers about her death.
Laundrie, whose death was confirmed to be gunshot wounds by suicide on Tuesday, was found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on 20 October, along with personal items including a notebook that had been sealed inside a dry bag.
The area had been underwater for nearly a month, and the notebook sustained water damage, but North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said last month it may be “salvageabale”.
Eleanor Sly25 November 2021 07:33
Brian Laundrie: Everything we know about Gabby Petito’s boyfriend
ICYMI: Ever since human remains found inside the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park were confirmed as belonging to Brian Laundrie, the manner of his death has remained a mystery.
But on 23 November, the family’s attorney Steven Bertolino revealed Brian Laundrie died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Catch up on everything we know about Mr Laundrie in Helen Elfer’s story for The Independent below…
Graeme Massie25 November 2021 04:52
Outrage over FBI ‘hiding’ that Brian Laundrie was ‘armed’
The FBI is being slammed for “hiding” the fact that he was “armed and dangerous,” after it was revealed that Brian Laundrie had shot himself in the head.
Steven Bertolino, the attorney representing Laundrie’s parents — had earlier said one of the Laundries’ guns could not be found at the time their son went missing.
He was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail: “We didn’t want the public going into a frenzy on that. I don’t think they considered him dangerous to anybody he met on the street.”
The family had tried to keep it a secret.
The investigators are still looking for the gun.
Now people are furious with the FBI for hiding that Laundrie was “armed” and “dangerous.”
On social media, several observers asked “Why do we even have an FBI?” and others said: “What is FBI hiding.”
One user, who goes by the handle Tessarossa on Twitter said: “Wow. I saw the update on the news and this blatantly obvious question didn’t even occur to me. None of this makes sense. What is the FBI hiding?”
There was outrage over the fact that the FBI tried to hide the “vital information.” One social media user commented that the law enforcement and the FBI have a lot to answer for in the Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie case “knowing that he had a firearm when he went missing and not notifying the public of an armed and dangerous person.”
Maroosha Muzaffar25 November 2021 04:24
Laundrie family lawyer says he has “no reason” to think parents will face charges in Gabby Petito case
ICYMI: Steven Bertolino, the attorney representing the parents of Brian Laundrie, said he has “no reason” to believe that his clients will face charges in the death of Gabby Petito.
“I have no reason to believe any charges will be filed against Chris and Roberta Laundrie [Brian Laundrie’s parents] with respect to this case,” Mr Bertolino said in a statement to Insider.
The statement comes in the wake of Petito family attorney, Richard Stafford, claiming he has advised his clients to remain silent until the FBI investigation into the case has concluded, noting that prosecutors are considering whether or not to charge “additional individuals” with crimes connected to the woman’s death.
Graeme Massie25 November 2021 04:03