Brian Laundrie committed suicide, according to an autopsy report.
According to an autopsy report issued on Tuesday, Brian Laundrie, whose disappearance prompted a worldwide investigation in September when his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, went missing and was subsequently discovered slain, killed himself.
Petito, 22, was found strangled to death on the outskirts of Wyoming’s Grand Teton national park, where the couple had been travelling together in a van. Laundrie’s remains were discovered in a Florida nature preserve last month, one month after Petito was found strangled to death on the outskirts of Wyoming’s Grand Teton national park, where the couple had been travelling together in a van.
After returning to his parents’ house in Florida alone in early September and then disappearing, the 23-year-old was labelled a person of interest in the investigation.
Petito’s parents reported her missing three days before Laundrie’s family said he left their North Port home with a bag but left his money and cellphone behind.
Laundrie’s skeleton remains were found in the marshy Myakkahatchee Creek environmental park, and the original coroner’s report was ambiguous.
After the bones were transferred to a forensic anthropologist, Steven Bertolino, attorney representing Laundrie’s parents, said on Tuesday that they had gotten a more thorough report.
“Chris and Roberta are still grieving the death of their son and hope that these results will provide closure for both families,” Bertolino added.
Laundrie was never prosecuted in relation to Petito’s death, but on September 24, a federal arrest warrant was issued by a Wyoming court after a grand jury indicted him for the unlawful use of a debit card that Petito’s family claims was hers.
FBI agents have been scrutinising objects discovered near Laundrie’s death for evidence, including a water-damaged notepad. The FBI has yet to provide a comment on the investigation’s progress.
Petito’s disappearance, as well as the search for Laundrie, who was documenting the couple’s cross-country experiences on social media, drew national attention. Officers in Moab City, Utah, revealed body-cam video of them interacting with the couple after receiving a domestic violence complaint on August 12th.
A sobbing Petito is heard in the film confessing the two had battled, with cops finally separating them for the night, with Laundrie fleeing to a hotel. Laundrie is heard telling the cops that they had “a slight skirmish” and that he did not want to pursue a domestic violence prosecution. The officers controversially judged that Petito was the aggressor.
He adds, “I’m not going to pursue anything since she’s my fiancée, and I love her.” “It was simply a quarrel,” says the narrator. “I’m sorry it had to come to this.”
It was the last time Laundrie and Petito were recorded together.
The family refused to speak with detectives, according to North Port police investigating Laundrie’s disappearance, which Bertolino later claimed was on his advice. There have been no charges filed in this case.
Laundrie and Petito met as children on Long Island, New York, and then relocated to North Port, Florida, to live with Laundrie’s parents, some 34 miles south of Sarasota. According to their social media accounts, they started their “van life” trip in July and plan to arrive in Oregon by Halloween.