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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s fiancé and person of interest in her death, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot, autopsy results show.
Steven Bertolino, the lawyer for the Laundrie family, texted WFLA reporters about the autopsy findings on Tuesday afternoon.
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been advised that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the death was suicide,” Bertolino said. “Chris and Roberta still mourn the loss of their son and hope these discoveries will end both families.”
Earlier today, Bertolino said he expected more answers on Laundrie’s death as early as Tuesday. Laundrie’s skeletal remains were discovered on October 20 in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port. The remains were identified as laundry by comparison of dental records.
Bertolino said the remains were sent to a forensic anthropologist after an initial autopsy was inconclusive.
The FBI was the primary investigative agency for the Laundrie and Petito case. The agency has yet to release any kind of statement about Laundrie’s autopsy.
Laundrie was the only person of interest in Petito’s death. The couple took a trip across the country this summer, but only Laundrie made it home to North Port. Petito’s body was found in Wyoming about a week after his disappearance. A coroner said she was strangled to death.
Although Laundrie was named a Person of Interest in his murder, he was never charged with Petito’s murder. He was suspected of debit card fraud and withdrawing over $ 1,000 from an anonymous account while she was missing.
Laundrie’s remains were located in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park along with a notebook and other personal items. The FBI worked to preserve the water damaged book. If the content is still readable, crime experts say it could answer questions about why the couple died.
“We have experts who really spend their careers doing things like drying paper evidence, trying to get the handwriting and ink marks, and potentially fingerprints, and all kinds of potentially relevant evidence back. from an article like this, ”he said. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last week. “In terms of understanding Laundrie’s motive, his feelings about Petito, maybe any kind of notes or comments he may have made about the events, this notebook could shed a lot of light on those issues.”
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