Brian Laundrie news – latest: Gabby Petito family lawyer says charges against new people being considered

Brian Laundrie shot himself in head, family attorney confirms

Gabby Petito’s fiance, Brian Laundrie, shot himself in the head, autopsy results show.

Laundrie had been the subject 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.

The Laundrie family’s lawyer Steven Bertolino said his parents had been informed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, and the manner of death was suicide.

Laundrie’s remains were discovered by his parents and FBI in Myakkahatachee Creek Environmental Park on 20 October.

The remains, which included part of a human skull, were found along with a backpack and notebook in an area of the park previously submerged in water.

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 Gabby Petito.

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.

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Prosecutors considering new charges in Gabby Petito case

Petito family lawyer Richard Stafford revealed that prosecutors may be considering bringing charges against other individuals involved with the Gabby Petito case.

“The Schmidt and Petito family has been aware of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the sole suspect in Gabby’s murder,” Mr Stafford said. “The family was asked to not comment and let the FBI continue their investigation and allow the United States Attorney’s Office to make a determination on whether any additional individuals will be charged.”

It is unclear who else prosecutors might consider charging or what charges they will bring.

Graig Graziosi24 November 2021 15:43

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ICYMI: Brian Laundrie shot himself in the head, family attorney says

Brian Laundrie died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, family attorney Steven Bertolino has revealed. The Independent has more.

Charlene Rodrigues24 November 2021 14:47

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ICYMI: Who is Gabby Petito? ‘Sweet’ waitress whose dream of influencer fame ended in tragedy

Gabby Petito, 22, was an aspiring social media star who went missing in late August during a cross-country road trip from New York to Oregon with her fiancé. Her body was later found in Wyoming, where the couple had been travelling.

Sheila Flynn has more.

Charlene Rodrigues24 November 2021 12:06

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ICYMI: Gabby Petito’s mother says the family didn’t notice any “red flags” during her daughter’s relationship with Brian Laundrie

Charlene Rodrigues24 November 2021 10:19

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Brian Laundrie only person ever identified as person of interest in Gabby Petito’s death

The investigation into Gabby Petito’s murder has not yet concluded, however Brian Laundrie was the only person ever identified by law enforcement officials as a person of interest in the case.

Ms Petito’s family reported the 22-year-old missing on 11 September, prompting a search that garnered worldwide media attention and, in Laundrie’s case, focused largely on the Carlton Reserve wilderness park near the Laundrie home.

It is a densely wooded, swampy area that’s home to alligators, coyotes, bobcats, snakes and numerous other creatures.

Ms Petito’s remains were discovered on 19 September on the edge of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, one of the places the young couple had visited on the trip they documented through social media videos. Authorities said the body had been there for about a month.

An autopsy in Wyoming concluded the travel blogger died by strangulation and that it was a homicide.

Laundrie was listed as a “person of interest” in her killing but he was charged only with fraudulent use of a debit card that was not his.

Chiara Giordano24 November 2021 08:43

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Questions remain over gun that killed Laundrie

As the medical examiners ruled Brian Laundrie’s cause of death to be suicide by way of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the lack of public information about the recovery of any weapon from the swamp where Laundrie’s remains were found has provoked many questions among followers of the case online.

“If Brian Laundrie shot himself, what happened to the gun? Don’t remember them saying they found one,” said Jack Posobiec, a senior editor at Human Events, a conservative American newspaper.

“All of us trying to figure out how Brian Laundrie killed himself with a gun that was never found,” wrote another user.

While the FBI issued a statement the day after it announced the recovery of skeleton remains from Carlton Reserve, it did not indicate locating a firearm. The agency, however, also has no obligation to reveal any of its findings to the public during an ongoing investigation.

Namita Singh24 November 2021 07:05

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Brian Laundrie autopsy report not yet released in full

While the medical examiner has confirmed a gunshot wound to the head was the cause of Brian Laundrie’s death, officials have said that they will not be releasing the full report until the criminal investigation into the case is “complete”.

The press release from the District Twelve Medical Examiner’s office said that they are doing this “in accordance with Florida Statutes and at the request of Federal Bureau of Investigation”.

The District Twelve Medical Examiner’s office, which covers Sarasota County, Florida, said in a statement that the determination on cause and manner of death had been made through a complete examination of skeletal remains, DNA analysis, as well as consultations with a forensic odonatologist, including dental comparison for identification, and a forensic anthropologist, including skeletal reconstruction.

Namita Singh24 November 2021 06:36

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The little-known reporter who broke the biggest story in America

ICYMI: The journalist who became the most trusted source of information in the Petito-Laundrie story says the truth will eventually come out.

“I think the FBI knows a lot of those questions and they will be resolved,” he told Bevan Hurley.

Graeme Massie24 November 2021 04:55

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Brian Laundrie death: No gun recovered amid reports firearm belonging to family is missing

ICYMI: A forensic anthropologist has ruled that Brian Laundrie‘s cause of death was suicide by way of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Laundrie is the only person of interest in the death of his fiancee, Gabby Petito. Ms Petito’s remains were found in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest in September, her death ruled a homicide by manual strangulation. Laundrie’s skeletal remains were found about a month later in Florida’s Carlton Reserve. A medical examiner sent the remains to a forensic anthropologist after a cause of death could not be determined.

Graig Graziosi has the story.

Graeme Massie24 November 2021 04:01

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Brian Laundrie shot himself in the head, family attorney says

ICYMI: Brian Laundrie died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, family attorney Steven Bertolino has revealed.

Bevan Hurley has the story.

Graeme Massie24 November 2021 03:04

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