Brian Laundrie’s Death Ruled A Suicide – Died By Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound To The Head

Brian Laundrie

Brian Laundrie took his own life.

That’s according to the Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino, who released a statement saying that the family was informed that the cause of Brian’s death was a gunshot wound to the head, and that the manner of death was suicide:

Brian Laundrie is, of course, the main suspect in the disappearance of his fianceé Gabby Petito, who went missing while the couple was on a cross-country road trip. Her body was later found in Grand Teton National Forest, and her death was ruled a strangulation.

After returning to his home in Florida, Laundrie seemingly disappeared, setting off a nationwide manhunt (one that included Dog the Bounty Hunter) but one that focused on the Carlton Reserve in Florida.

Then last month, authorities located his body in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park after his parents went searching for Laundrie and found a bag and a notebook that they believed to belong to their son.

This obviously led to conspiracy theories that Laundrie’s parents were somehow involved, or that they had killed their own son and had known where the body was located all along.

But apparently the part of the preserve where Laundrie’s body was located had been under water in the prior weeks to the discovery of his body, and although it had been searched previously, only when the water receded was the body able to be discovered.

Investigators suspect that his body had been underwater for “weeks” when it was found.

Police admitted to potentially botching the search for Laundrie from the start, losing track of Brian when they mistook his mother Roberta for the fugitive while they were watching the Laundrie home.

After the discovery of his remains, investigators suspected from the beginning that Laundrie had taken his own life after entering the nature preserve, although initial autopsy results were inconclusive due to the decomposition of the remains.

And after today’s announcement, it looks like they at least got that much right – but the question remains, what happened to the gun?

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock