According to the Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino, the family was informed by medical examiners that the cause of Brian’s death was a gunshot wound to the head after his body was found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
His parents went searching for Laundrie and found a bag and a notebook that they believed to belong to their son.
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.
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. Many former law enforcement officers even suspect they cut a plea deal to avoid an obstruction of justice charge.
However, according to CNN, another missing piece of the puzzle has been revealed, and as it turns out, the gun he used to shoot himself belonged to his parents.
They realized it was missing when the surrendered their firearms to law enforcement, however they intentionally didn’t tell the media that Brian was on the loose with a gun.
They claimed that “it was best for that information to not be public.”
“Imagine, with the frenzied atmosphere at the time, if the public thought Brian had a gun.
I cannot speak to why (law enforcement) did not reveal the info but we spoke about it at the time and I believe they felt as I did.”
Law enforcement has yet to corroborate that claim.
Needless to say, people are still wondering why the notebook was so easy to find, but the gun isn’t:
Where did the gun go and what was in the notebook? Considering they went through a process of drying out the pages, we still have lingering questions. #BrianLaundrie
Brian Laundrie apparently committed suicide right ? So you can't move when dead right ? So where is the gun ? And yet another fbi red flag I suspect, how can you not find a gun it's metal it doesn't melt in the sun or dissolve in water.
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