“Van lifer” Brian Laundrie died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the pinnacle whereas on the run from authorities, household lawyer Steve Bertolino stated Tuesday.
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been knowledgeable that the reason for loss of life was a gunshot wound to the pinnacle and the way of loss of life was suicide,” Bertolino stated in an emailed assertion to The Each day Beast. “Chris and Roberta are nonetheless mourning the lack of their son and are hopeful that these findings convey closure to each households.”
Laundrie was the lone suspect within the disappearance and loss of life of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, who was within the midst of a cross-country highway journey with Laundrie, her fiancé, when she vanished. On Sept. 1, Laundrie, 23, returned to the North Port, Florida, house he and Petito had been sharing with Laundrie’s mother and father. However Petito, inexplicably, wasn’t with him, and 10 days later, her mother and father reported her lacking.
Petito’s father advised The Each day Beast in September that he sensed one thing was mistaken when his daughter stopped checking in usually from the highway. “We had been in contact together with her as she traveled,” Joe Petito stated. “I’d converse to her as soon as per week or so, her mother spoke to her two or thrice per week. My son would discuss to her usually on Snapchat, FaceTime; my niece could be in fixed contact together with her.”
After Laundrie reappeared by himself in Florida, he refused to talk to detectives looking for Gabby. He then dropped out of sight shortly after being named an individual of curiosity within the case. Laundrie’s mother and father reported him lacking on Sept 17, however later advised investigators that their son knowledgeable them 4 days earlier that he was going climbing in a neighborhood nature protect.
When cops homed in on Laundrie, Bertolino advised The Each day Beast that he had suggested his consumer to not cooperate since “the warning that ‘any assertion made will likely be used in opposition to you’ is true, no matter whether or not my consumer had something to do with Ms. Petito’s disappearance.”
Whereas the pair’s social media posts made their travels seem idyllic, the fact was far completely different. Spending lengthy stretches of time alone collectively had created a strain in their relationship, and the 2 had been stopped and questioned by police in Moab, Utah within the aftermath of a bodily altercation that they had. Witnesses told cops they had seen Laundrie hit Petito, and Petito also found herself accused of striking Laundrie. The pair advised officers that “they’re in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn’t want to see anybody charged with against the law,” in response to a police report filed by the responding officers. In the long run, the cops separated the 2 for the evening with out submitting fees in opposition to both.
On Sept. 19, Petito’s physique was discovered within the Grand Teton Nationwide Park in Wyoming. Her loss of life was dominated a murder by strangulation. The feds issued a warrant for Laundrie’s arrest, charging him with illegal use of a debit card following Petito’s loss of life. North Port police and the FBI looked for Laundrie for greater than a month earlier than discovering his stays and a few private belongings within the Myakkahatchee Creek on Oct. 20. Authorities the following day confirmed the physique was certainly Laundrie’s.