Brian Laundrie, "Gabby" Petito's boyfriend, died after shooting himself in the head

Brian Laundrie, “Gabby” Petito’s Boyfriend, Died After Shooting Himself In The Head

Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot, according to autopsy results.

Authorities searched for more than a month for Laundrie, who was the only person of interest in the disappearance and murder of his partner, until they found his remains on October 20 in a Florida nature reserve.

“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,” the family’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, said in a press release.

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In July, Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie went out on a tour of national parks in the western United States. The couple met in their high school years on Long Island, New York. (Instagram)

The 22-year-old had a wide presence on social media, where she used to share images and videos of her trip around the country with her boyfriend.  In their profiles, everything seemed to be going great.

The 22-year-old had a wide presence on social media, where she used to share images and videos of her trip around the country with her boyfriend. In their profiles, everything seemed to be going great. (Instagram)

In the description of his Instagram account, where Petito had more than 778,000 followers, he wrote:

In the description of his Instagram account, where Petito had more than 778,000 followers, he wrote: “Traveling the world in our little van.” His last post was on August 25. The latest video on YouTube is dated August 19. (Instagram)

However, on September 1, Laundrie returned to her parents' house with the young woman's van, but without giving details of her whereabouts.

However, on September 1, Laundrie returned to her parents’ house with the young woman’s van, but without giving details of her whereabouts. (Capture)

Petito's family reported her missing on September 11, after losing communication with her since August 30, when she texted them:

Petito’s family reported her missing on September 11, after losing communication with her since August 30, when she texted them: “There is no service in Yosemite.” However, the FBI believes that the young woman did not send this message. (Supplied)

Police identified 23-year-old Laundrie as a person of interest in the case on Sept. 15.  However, his parents said they had not known of his whereabouts since the previous day.

Police identified 23-year-old Laundrie as a person of interest in the case on Sept. 15. However, his parents said they had not known of his whereabouts since the previous day. (Instagram)

Then, on September 16, authorities released a video showing police officers intervening with the couple on August 12, while they were having an argument near the entrance to Arches National Park in Utah.

Then, on September 16, authorities released a video showing police officers intervening with the couple on August 12, while they were having an argument near the entrance to Arches National Park in Utah. (The Associated Press)

On September 19, authorities found a body in a camping area near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.  Two days later, forensic personnel confirmed that the body belonged to Petito and that his death was a homicide.

On September 19, authorities found a body in a camping area near Gr and Teton National Park in Wyoming. Two days later, forensic personnel confirmed that the body belonged to Petito and that his death was a homicide. (The Associated Press)

Police have been searching for Laundrie since Sept. 18 on a reservation in Florida, where his parents alleged he might be.  Two days later, agents raided the residence of the young man's parents.

Police have been searching for Laundrie since Sept. 18 on a reservation in Florida, where his parents alleged he might be. Two days later, agents raided the residence of the young man’s parents. (Instagram)

On September 22, a special team of divers joined the search for the young man in a swampy area of ​​the “T.  Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve ”, also known as Carlton Reserve

On September 22, a special team of divers joined the search for the young man in a swampy area of ​​the “T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve, ”also known as the Carlton Reserve (North Port Police Department (via AP))

The US Attorney's Office for the District of Wyoming issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie on Sept. 23 after a grand jury found cause in the death of her partner.

The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie on Sept. 23 after a grand jury found cause in the death of her partner. (Instagram)

“Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings will bring closure to both families,” he added.

Petito and Laundrie decided to take a trip through different natural parks in the United States, but the story ended with both young men dead.

The couple gained a following on social media during their journey in a Ford Transit van with videos filled with happy scenes, which may have hidden deeper issues.

Petito’s body was found Sept. 19 in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, which the couple had visited. Later, the forensic experts determined that it was a homicide and that the young woman died of strangulation.

Authorities said the body had been there for about a month.

Meanwhile, Laundrie’s skeletal remains were positively identified in late October using dental records. The find concluded a massive search that involved federal, state and local authorities, focusing primarily on the Carlton Reserve nature park near Laundrie’s home. It is a swampy and heavily forested area that is home to alligators, coyotes, bobcats, snakes, and many other creatures.

The operation began shortly after Laundrie disappeared on September 14, two weeks after the 23-year-old returned alone to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida.

However, the investigation into Petito’s murder has not yet concluded, but only Laundrie had been identified as a person of interest in the case.

Petito’s family reported that the 22-year-old disappeared on September 11, initiating a search that attracted the attention of the world’s media.

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Later, authorities revealed that the couple were detained on August 12 by police in Moab, Utah, after they had a physical altercation, but no gender-based violence charges were filed. The police department is conducting an internal review to determine if the policy was followed.

Laundrie returned home only on September 1 in the van in which he was traveling, which was later seized by authorities. He was reported missing after telling his parents he was going to hike the Carlton Reservation.

Laundrie was singled out in a Wyoming federal unauthorized use of a debit card indictment, alleging that he used a Capital One Bank card and someone’s personal identification number to make unauthorized withdrawals or charges worth more than $ 1,000. . It does not say who the card belonged to or what kind of charges were made.

Had Laundrie lived, that accusation would have allowed authorities to arrest him.

The intense focus on the Petito case has led to renewed calls for people to pay greater attention to cases involving missing indigenous women and other minorities in the United States. Petito, 22, was white.

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