Gabby Petito’s father ‘won’t find closure’ in Brian Laundrie’s notebook

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Gabrielle Petito, 22, who was reported missing on Sept. 11, 2021 after traveling with her boyfriend around the country in a van  (via REUTERS)
Gabrielle Petito, 22, who was reported missing on Sept. 11, 2021 after traveling with her boyfriend around the country in a van (via REUTERS)

Gabby Petito’s father has said he isn’t interested in what is inside her dead fiance Brian Laundrie’s notebook despite it possibly containing a motive her murder.

Brian’s notebook, backpack and dry bag, were found close to the 23-year-old’s skeletal remainsin an area of Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.

The belongings were found by Laundrie’s parents helping the FBI with the items having been underwater during earlier searches.

Laundrie had been missing for over a month after returning to Florida from a joint road trip without his travel blogging partner.

Bits of his notebook were salvageable with FBI officials saying the contents of the book could reveal further insight into Laundrie’s state of mind.

But Gabby’s father Joe Petito told TMZ that nothing in Brian’s notebook was going to bring his daughter back, and its contents couldn’t explain how her death could have been prevented.

Joe Petito said the notebook wouldn’t bring his daughter back (AP)
Joe Petito said the notebook wouldn’t bring his daughter back (AP)

Joe added he was never going to get closure from the notebook and would not give to help him get over losing a child. He says the only reason he would want to know what Brian wrote would be for his own selfish gratification.

Gabby’s father also says the notebook won’t do much for Brian’s parents either and his notebook won’t bring their son back either.

He chose to instead focus on domestic violence which affects as many as 1 in 3 American women.

It came as the initial autopsy on the remains of Brian Laundrie did not uncover a cause of his death and a more intensive examination will be done, a Laundrie family lawyer said on Monday.

Steve Bertolino, the Laundries’ attorney, said in text messages Monday that he was told by police the autopsy by the Sarasota County medical examiner did not produce concrete results on Brian Laundrie’s death.

“I was told the manner and cause of death were not determined and the remains were sent to an anthropologist (for) further evaluation,” Bertolino said.

Eventually, Laundrie’s remains will be cremated and no funeral is planned by his family, Bertolino said.

Ms Petito, 22, was discovered dead last month on the edge of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, one of the places the young couple had visited on the trip they documented through social media videos.

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.

His remains were found in a nature preserve not far from his family’s home in North Port, Florida, where both he and Ms Petito had been living.

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