Brian Laundrie shot himself in head, family attorney confirms
The whereabouts of the gun used in Brian Laundrie’s death remains unknown, days after a lawyer for the family revealed the results of an autopsy on the 23-year-old’s remains.
Mr Laundrie, who was the focus of a manhunt for more than a month as investigators searched for clues in the death of Ms Petito during their cross-country van trip together, was found to have shot himself in the head.
The Laundrie family’s lawyer Steven Bertolino said his parents had been informed about the cause of death, a gunshot wound, and the manner of death was suicide. He was also reported as saying that the missing gun was not mentioned earlier to avoid a “frenzy” amongst the public.
It comes after the results of autopsy in October found no conclusive cause of death, in part thanks to the remains being found submerged in an area of the Myakkahatachee Creek Environmental Park in Florida on 20 October.
Authorities have also been trying to repair a personal notebook retrieved from a dry bag near his body as part of their investigation into the death of his girlfriend and fiancé Gabby Petito, in addition to the gun.
Crucial to their investigation will be Laundrie’s digital communications, including his texts and emails, use of social media, and internet browsing history prior to his death.
ICYMI: Could Laundrie’s notebook provide clues to unanswered questions ?
A notebook recovered close to the skeletal remains of Gabby Petito’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie may represent the last hope authorities have for finding answers about her death.
Laundrie, whose death was confirmed to be gunshot wounds by suicide on Tuesday, was found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on 20 October, along with personal items including a notebook that had been sealed inside a dry bag.
The area had been underwater for nearly a month, and the notebook sustained water damage, but North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said last month it may be “salvageabale”. Bevan Hurley has more.
Charlene Rodrigues26 November 2021 09:29
Stepfather pays Thanksgiving tribute to Gabby, his mother and grandmother
Gabby Petito’s stepfather Jim Schmidt paid Thanksgiving tribute to his family, including Gabby, his mother and grandmother whom he lost in the same year.
“Went to visit mom today. Our first thanksgiving without her, grandma, and Gabby. I miss you all immensely,” he tweeted. “I know you are all together watching over us. Life is truly a gift and love every minute of it. Be present in every moment with your family, and live life to the fullest.”
Mr Schmidt added that his mother passed away in April after battling pancreatic cancer for 11 months, while he lost his grandmother “a week after Gabby’s service”.
Namita Singh26 November 2021 06:21
Former FBI agent predicts legal trouble for Laundrie family
A former FBI agent says that charges could be brought against the Laundrie family.
Speaking with NewsNation, retired FBI agent Jennifer Coffindaffer said: “I think the Laundries have possible culpability under 18 U.S.C. 3, which is accessory after the fact, and possibly 18 U.S.C. 1519, which is obstruction in terms of if they tampered with any evidence after that crime was committed.”
However, Steven Bertolino, the lawyer for the Laundrie family, had earlier said he does not anticipate any legal trouble for the dead man’s family.
“I have no reason to believe any charges will be filed against Chris and Roberta Laundrie with respect to this case,” he told the Insider.
Namita Singh26 November 2021 05:53
FBI slammed for not warning public Laundrie was armed
Social media users are slamming the FBI for withholding information about the possibility of Laundrie being armed during his manhunt.
“Why do we even have an FBI? During the entire search for Brian Laundrie, not once was the public warned that he may be armed!” wrote a user.
“The FBI is completely out of control. A LOT of people were looking for this person without knowing he might be armed!!!” wrote another user.
Namita Singh26 November 2021 05:07
Missing gun information withheld from public to prevent ‘frenzy’
Steven Bertolino, an attorney for the Laundrie family, told the Daily Mail that one of the family’s guns was missing when their son went missing, but it was withheld from the general public because they did not want to cause panic.
“We didn’t want the public going into a frenzy on that. I don’t think they considered him dangerous to anybody he met on the street,” said Mr Bertolino.
Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Bertolino told the Insider that the family had surrendered five to six guns on the same day that Laundrie was reported missing, but one gun was missing.
Namita Singh26 November 2021 04:07
Petito’s mother pays her Thanksgiving tribute
Paying a tribute to her daughter on Thanksgiving, Nichole Schmidt described herself as a mother who learned from Gabby Petito to “live with love, laughter and gratitude”.
“Gabby will forever remind me to be grateful for every moment, every breath, and every memory. I will cherish what I’ve had, and have in the present, always. Live with love, laughter and gratitude, “ Ms Schmidt tweeted.
Namita Singh26 November 2021 03:35
The dark themes that permeate Brian Laundrie’s digital footprint
Brian Laundrie was a prolific social media user, and after his disappearance in September his posts were pored over for clues to his state of mind during his van-life tour with girlfriend Gabby Petito.
Around the time that Ms Petito died, he posted a cover of the book Burnt Out, how to cope with autistic burnout to his Pinterest account.
His death was confirmed to be suicide by gun shot wound in late November.
Bevan Hurley26 November 2021 03:32
Gabby Petito: Everything we know about YouTuber’s murder on ‘dream’ road trip
On 2 July, Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie set out on a dream “van-life” road trip across the United States.
Two and a half months later, her remains were found buried in a shallow grave in a remote part of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Here is a timeline of the tragic events that led Ms Petito’s death.
Bevan Hurley26 November 2021 02:32
‘We miss you Gabby’: Joseph Petito posts touching Thanksgiving Day message
Joseph Petito has posted a moving Thanksgiving Day message to his daughter Gabby.
“Thanksgiving, a day for being thankful, thoughtful, and giving,” Mr Petito wrote.
“Hug your family and friends. Be thankful for the time you get to spend with them all. We miss you #Gabbypetito You should be with us but now all we have are the pictures.”
Mr Petito has become a tireless campaigner for missing persons and domestic violence victims since his daughter’s disappearance and death.
He and Ms Petito’s other parents have formed the non-profit Gabby Petito Foundation to help raise awareness and reunite families with their missing loved ones.
Thanksgiving, a day for being thankful, thoughtful, and giving. Hug your family and friends. Be thankful for the time you get to spend with them all. We miss you #Gabbypetito You should be with us but now all we have are the pictures. #family #friends #HappyThanksgiving
— joseph petito (@josephpetito) November 25, 2021
Bevan Hurley26 November 2021 01:32
Gabby Petito’s mother says she didn’t see any red flags in Laundrie relationship
Nichole Schmidt, the mother of Gabby Petito, says she didn’t suspect the man who might have become her son n law was a domestic abuser.
Speaking with Dr Oz in a recent interview, Ms Schmidt said: “I don’t know why Gabby didn’t open up to me about certain things.”
She added: “We just didn’t see any red flags.”
Ms Schmidt confided with Dr Oz that she was still suffering terribly several months after the family’s worst fears were confirmed when her daughter’s remains were found in Wyoming on 19 September.
Ms Petito’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie was confirmed to have shot himself in the head after an autopsy by a forensic anthropologist.
Bevan Hurley26 November 2021 00:32