Brian Laundrie died of gunshot wound to the head, final autopsy reveals – New York Post

Brian Laundrie, the sole suspect in the death of Long Island native Gabby Petito, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, a lawyer for the Laundrie family said 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,” attorney Steve Bertolino told The Post. “Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families.”

A forensic anthropologist determined the cause of death to be suicide.

Laundrie, 23, was sought in Petito’s disappearance and death when authorities discovered his skeletal remains at the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve near his parents’ home in North Port, Fla., on Oct. 20.

Police said his remains were submerged for weeks inside the marshy park before they were found — creating a challenge for coroners.

The young couple was on a cross-country trip when Petito, a 22-year-old Long Island native, went missing and Laundrie returned home in her van without her on Sept. 1.

Bodycam footage from August 12, 2021 featuring a very distressed Gabby Petito.
Bodycam footage from August 12, 2021, featuring a very distressed Gabby Petito.
Moab City Police Department

Petito’s mother reported her daughter missing 10 days later, but authorities found her remains in a Wyoming campground on Sept. 19.

Her death was ruled a homicide by manual strangulation while Laundrie remained missing and was the subject of a massive FBI-led manhunt.

The remains of Gabby Petito were found on Sept. 19, 2021 in a Wyoming national park.
The remains of Gabby Petito were found on Sept. 19, 2021, in a Wyoming national park.
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Moab police were called on to settle what appeared to be a domestic dispute between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie.
Moab police were called on to settle what appeared to be a domestic dispute between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie during the couple’s trip.
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Law enforcement searching for evidence in the north port side of the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on October 5, 2021.
Law enforcement searching for evidence in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Oct. 5, 2021.
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The area in which Brian Laundrie's remains were found at the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve on October 21, 2021.
The area in which Brian Laundrie’s remains were found at the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve on Oct. 21, 2021.
Dennis A. Clark

Laundrie was also charged with using his girlfriend’s bank card in Wyoming.

That search ended when his remains were found, but after his initial autopsy results were inconclusive, his remains were sent to an anthropologist for further review.

Additional reporting by Jack Morphet

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