An autopsy report from the Sarasota, Florida medical examiner said Laundrie died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Laundrie’s skeletal remains were found in a densely wooded area of the Carlton Reservation in Sarasota County in October, according to the medical examiner’s report, and had been under “up to three feet and possibly more” of water for a long period of time before being located.
Officials said only Laundrie’s skeleton remained due to “extensive carnivorous activity” such as scavenging coyotes, rodents and raccoons.
The 47-page report also details items recovered from the scene where Laundrie’s remains were found, including a backpack with a tent and flares, a piece of paper, and a red hat with the “Moab Coffee Roasters” logo. ” and a wooden box containing a small notebook. and photos, according to the report.
In the notebook found with his remains, Laundrie wrote that he was responsible for the death of Gabby Petito, according to the FBI.
Laundrie had been the subject of a week-long manhunt when his body was found. His family was told he had shot himself in the head and his death was ruled a suicide, Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino said in November.