It was also noted that the majority of his bones were found scattered in “plain sight” and had been gnawed on by animals after his death.
He shot himself in the left temple and the bullet exited through the right temple. Authorities recovered the majority of the skeleton, besides a few bones from his teeth and face.
The bones did show signs of gnawing and chewing from “post-mortem scavenging/carnivore activity,” meaning some animals got to the body.
Personal items were retrieved from the skeleton as well, like a pair of green shorts, slip-on shoes, a white metal ring, a backpack and a handgun, with the scene secluded by overgrown vegetation, as it was determined the remains had been there for weeks.
Laundrie confessed to murdering his fiancée Gabby Petito in his journal, her remains were found in a Wyoming campground September 19.
After returning to his home in Florida, Brian 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