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:
BREAKING: “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. Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families.”
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.
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.
The Sarasota County, Florida Sheriff says Brian Laundrie “by all accounts probably committed suicide and he was right out there where we thought he was.” And the North Port Police chief says Laundrie was "presumably" already dead when they became the lead on the case. pic.twitter.com/Q5nc5Rkcea