Brian Laundrie, the main suspect in the death of his girlfriend Gabby Petito, died by suicide, a medical examiner has confirmed. The 23-year-old man, whose partial remains were discovered in Florida late last month, reportedly shot himself in the head.
Citing Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino, NewsNation Now reporter Brian Entin posted on Twitter that the report concluded that Laundrie died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The attorney reportedly declined to say where and how Laundrie obtained the gun he used to kill himself.
Brian Laundrie died of a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death is suicide, according to Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino.
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) November 23, 2021
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed 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,” Bertolino said.
In late October, Laundrie’s partial skull was found at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida.
At the time, Laundrie was wanted for the unauthorized use of a debit card for allegedly withdrawing $1,000 between August 30 and September 1 — when Petito, 22, was missing. He reportedly arrived in Florida on September 1 without Petito, and she was reported missing on September 11.
Petito reportedly spoke to her mother for the last time on August 23 or 24, when she said she and Laundrie were leaving Utah and driving to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Petito would be found dead at that park weeks later.
Laundrie, who was named a person of interest in Petito’s initial disappearance and murder, is believed to have left his parents’ North Port, Florida, home on September 13 or 14. His parents reported him missing on September 17.
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