Brian Laundrie: Autopsy shows Gabby Petito’s fiancée ‘died by suicide’

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Brian Laundrie died by suicide from a gunshot wound to the head, his family’s lawyer said in a statement.

The 23-year-old, who was named a person of interest in the disappearance of his former fiancée Gabby Petito, was found dead in a Florida swamp last month following a nationwide manhunt.

Petito’s body was found at a national park in Wyoming in September – months after the couple had set out on a cross-country road trip together. They had documented their adventures on Instagram and YouTube.

Laundrie’s parents Chris and Roberta were informed that their son’s "cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide," attorney Steve Bertolino said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families.”

Brian Laundrie (left) died by suicide from a gunshot wound to the head (via REUTERS)
Brian Laundrie (left) died by suicide from a gunshot wound to the head (via REUTERS)

The discovery of Laundrie’s remains concluded a massive search involving federal, state and local law enforcement. He disappeared on September 14, two weeks after he returned alone to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida.

Meanwhile, the investigation into Petito’s killing has not yet concluded.

An autopsy in Wyoming concluded Petito died by strangulation and that it was a homicide. Laundrie was listed as a “person of interest” in her killing but he was charged only with fraudulent use of a debit card that was not his.

Body camera footage released by Wyoming police in the aftermath of her disappearance appeared to show Laundrie slapping Petito on the face in a blazing row on the street, prompting a 911 call when their van sped off.

Mr Laundrie’s attorney said that his family has decided against a traditional funeral service and to cremate his remains.

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