In what probably comes as little surprise to no one, the autopsy results of Brian Laundrie are in, and he died at his own hand from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Laundrie, the sole suspect in the death of Long Island native Gabby Petito, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, a lawyer for the Laundrie family said Tuesday.

“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,” attorney Steve Bertolino told The NY Post. “Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families.”

A forensic anthropologist determined the cause of death to be suicide.

Laundrie, 23, was sought in Petito’s disappearance and death when authorities discovered his skeletal remains at the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve near his parents’ home in North Port, Fla., on Oct. 20.

Police said his remains were submerged for weeks inside the marshy park before they were found — creating a challenge for coroners.

The young couple was on a cross-country trip when Petito, a 22-year-old Long Island native, went missing, and Laundrie returned home in her van without her on Sept. 1.

Petito’s mother reported her daughter missing 10 days later, but authorities found her remains in a Wyoming campground on Sept. 19.

Her death was ruled a homicide by manual strangulation while Laundrie remained missing and was the subject of a massive FBI-led manhunt.

What led to Petito’s death remains a mystery. The FBI had described Laundrie as a “person of interest” in her murder, but he was not charged. He had, though, been indicted for allegedly using two accounts that belonged to someone else in the days after she died. 

That search for Laundrie ended when his remains were found, but after his initial autopsy results were inconclusive, his remains were sent to an anthropologist for further review.

Forensic anthropologists analyze human remains, conduct DNA tests and look for any signs of weapon evidence to help determine how a person died.

Despite the announcement of the results of the final autopsy, The FBI has not released any new information about the case.

Petito-Schmidt family attorney Richard Stafford told Fox News’ Laura Ingle that the family “has been aware of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the sole suspect in Gabby’s murder” and “will not be making a statement at this time due to the request of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Teton County Prosecutor’s Office.”

“The family was asked to not comment and let the FBI continue their investigation and allow the United States Attorney’s Office make a determination on whether any additional individuals will be charged,” he said. “When that determination is made, we will have a statement.”

22 thoughts on “Brian Laundrie’s Death Ruled Suicide By a Single Shot to the Head”
  1. Laundrie is not dead! He killed some guy, dumped him where he would be hard to ID and left some of his own stuff lying around to convince the cops! Easy to do when Keystone Kops are investigating!!

  2. I know the area and stating it is “marshy” is an understatement. What did he do? Wade out? I think not since the surrounding area is like quicksand. Did he swim out? With a gun in hand or what? Could someone else have shot him, boated him to the center of the marsh and dumped him? With the coroner having to reclaim a body from that mess of water, mud and weeds — a lot has to convince me that he got to the location himself especially after the rain that area had around the time he went missing. I just think there is a lot of “investigation” that still needs to continue.

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