Did Brian Laundrie use his parents' gun to kill himself? Suspect died by suicide
SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORIDA: Brian Laundrie, the only suspect in the murder of his girlfriend Gabby Petito, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, his family lawyer confirmed on Tuesday, November 23. The manner of death was determined to be suicide, as per a forensic anthropologist. A gun from Chris and Roberta Laundrie's home had been missing ever since their son took off. When his parents reported him missing in September, they had turned over all of their firearms in their home to the FBI. One gun, however, appeared to be missing.
“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,” attorney Steve Bertolino told New York Post. “Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families.”
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“While law enforcement was at the Laundrie home on Sept. 17 to complete the missing person report for Brian, we volunteered to surrender all guns in the home to avoid any possible issue going forward,” attorney Bertolino said. “While retrieving and taking inventory of the guns, it was realized one pistol was missing."
The District Twelve Medical Examiner in Sarasota had initially claimed that Laundrie was identified through dental records. However, in a release on Tuesday, November 23, they revealed that “DNA analysis” has also been used to make the determination. Talking about the development, Petito family lawyer Richard Stafford stated, "The family was asked to not make any comments and let the FBI continue the investigation. The family was also asked to wait for the United States Attorney’s Office to make a determination on whether any additional individuals will be charged.”
Weeks after the Gabby Petito case met with a dead-end after the mysterious death of her boyfriend and the only person of interest in the case, her dad has revealed his daughter's beau Brian Laundrie "had all the hallmarks of an abuser as he pushed the travel blogger to feel shame." Brian Laundrie, the boyfriend of 22-year-old vlogger Gabby Petito, had reportedly not been seen since September 14 and was confirmed 'missing' on September 17. This led police to search the nearby Carlton Reserve for Laundrie, the person of interest in Petito's death case, whose remains were found at a Wyoming Park by the authorities.
The case began drawing national interest after Brian returned home to Florida on September 1 without his girlfriend after a cross-country road trip. On October 21, the FBI confirmed that the partial skeletal remains recovered from the park a day earlier were Laundrie's after comparing his dental records.