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Autopsy Report: Laundrie Was Eaten By Animals After Death In Florida Park

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Brian Laundrie, who confessed to killing girlfriend Gabby Petito while vacationing in the Rockies last year, was partially eaten by animals following his death by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in Florida last fall, an autopsy report revealed.

Investigators only found the skeletal remains of Laundrie last October, but a medical examiner noted in a 47-page report released Monday that “moderate to extensive animal predation” occurred to Laundrie’s remains.

“These areas are consistent with carnivores and/or omnivores including canines such as feral dogs and coyotes along with rodents and raccoons,” the report said.

According to the autopsy report, the area where Laundrie’s remains were discovered was overgrown with trees and vegetation, but a winding trail for pedestrians and vehicles cut through it.

His remains were “in plain sight” and “scattered” on the dirt, the report said.

Laundrie, 23, died by suicide last fall after claiming responsibility for Petito’s death. Her body was found in September in Bridger-Teton National Forest and Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue identified the cause of Petito’s death as homicide by strangulation.

He also said her body had been in the forest for three to four weeks before law enforcement officials discovered it.

Laundrie and Petito spent most of the summer touring the county in a van. Laundrie returned to his home in Florida without Petito on Sept. 1 and later disappeared. His body was found in October and authorities determined he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A notebook found near Laundrie’s body contained his written confession to Petito’s murder.

After what officials believe was the date of Petito’s death, several text messages were sent between the cell phones of Laundrie and Petito. Investigators said the messages were sent by Laundrie in an attempt to convince law enforcement officers that Petito was still alive.

A warrant was issued for Laundrie’s arrest in September after by the federal court in Cheyenne. The warrant did not accuse Laundrie of any role in Petito’s death, but accused of him of unlawfully using a credit card in the days following her disappearance.

According to the FBI, Laundrie had used Petito’s debit card between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 on his drive back to Florida from Wyoming.

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FBI: Laundrie Took Responsibility In Notebook For Killing Gabby Petito

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The fiance of a woman who was found dead in Bridger-Teton National Forest last fall admitted to killing her in a notebook he left behind after committing suicide, the FBI reported on Friday.

In October when Brian Laundrie’s remains were found in a Florida park, investigators also found a backpack, notebook and revolver. A review of the notebook revealed written statements by Laundrie claiming responsibility for Petito’s death.

Petito and Laundrie had been traveling the country in a van over the summer and her body was found in Bridger-Teton National Forest in September. Laundrie returned to his home in Floria without Petito on Sept. 1 and later disappeared. His body was found in October and authorities determined he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The release of the information from Laundrie’s notebook marks the end of the investigation into the incident, said FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider.

“All logical investigative steps have been concluded in this case,” he said. “The investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito. The FBI’s primary focus throughout the investigation was to bring justice to Gabby and her family. The public’s role in helping us in this endeavor was invaluable as the investigation was covered in the media around the world.

“On behalf of the FBI, I want to express my deepest appreciation to the public for the thousands of tips that were provided during the investigation, and to our local, state and federal law enforcement partners for their work throughout the investigation,” he concluded.

Petito’s family was notified this week that the investigation into her death will be closed in the near future.

Petito’s body was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in September after she was last heard from in August. Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue identified the cause of Petito’s death as homicide by strangulation.

He also said her body had been in the forest for three to four weeks before law enforcement officials discovered it.

After what officials believe was the date of Petito’s death, several text messages were sent between the cell phones of Laundrie and Petito. Investigators said the messages were sent by Laundrie in an attempt to convince law enforcement officers that Petito was still alive.

On Sept. 1, Laundrie returned to his home in Florida with the van and without Petito.

A warrant was issued for Laundrie’s arrest not long after by the federal court in Cheyenne. The warrant did not accuse Laundrie of any role in Petito’s death, but accused of him of unlawfully using a credit card in the days following her disappearance.

According to the FBI, Laundrie had used Petito’s debit card between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 on his drive back to Florida from Wyoming.

On Sept. 15, Laundrie’s Ford Mustang was recovered from a park in North Port, Florida. Two days later, his parents reported him missing.

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Autopsy: Laundrie Died Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot To Head

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Brian Laundrie, considered a “person of interest” in the death of death of Gabby Petito, died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, the lawyer for his family announced on 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 New York Post and other media outlets on Tuesday. “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’s remains were found a month ago in a Florida park. Dental records had to be used to confirm his identity.

The FBI also found a notebook and backpack belonging to Laundrie around the same time they found his remains. The contents of neither have yet been revealed to the public.

He was a person of interest in the death of his fiancee, Gabby Petito, who was reported missing at the beginning of September by her family. She had not been heard from since August. She and Laundrie had been traveling the country in a van.

On Sept. 1, Laundrie returned to his home in Florida with the van and without Petito. He disappeared days later.

Petito’s body was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest later in the month.

A warrant was issued for Laundrie’s arrest by the federal court in Cheyenne. The warrant did not accuse Laundrie of any role in Petito’s death, but accused of him of unlawfully using a credit card in the days following her disappearance.

In October, Teton County coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed the cause of Petito’s death as homicide by strangulation. He also said her body had been in the forest for three to four weeks before law enforcement officials discovered her remains.

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Remains Found In Florida Confirmed To Be Brian Laundrie’s

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The FBI confirmed Thursday that the partial human remains found in a Florida park on Wednesday were in fact those of Brian Laundrie, former fiancee of the murdered Gabby Petito.

The FBI said in a statement that dental records were used to confirm the remains as Laundrie’s. Family attorney Steve Bertolino told CNN on Wednesday that the remains were like Laundrie’s.

“It’s quite sad, you can imagine as a parent, finding your son’s belongings alongside some remains. That’s got to be heartbreaking. And I can tell you that they are heartbroken,” Bertolino said Wednesday night.

The cause of death was not immediately reported.

CNN reported this week that after a brief search Wednesday of a trail Laundrie frequented, the Laundrie family and law enforcement found “some articles” belonging to him.

According to the FBI, which gave a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, the items found were a notebook and a backpack belonging to Laundrie. During the news conference, officials said they could not confirm if the remains found were Laundrie’s.

The notebook and backpack were first signs of Laundrie since he disappeared in mid-September after Petito was reported missing. Laundrie was never been named a suspect in Petito’s death, but was considered a person of interest.

Petito’s body was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest last month after she was last heard from in August. She and Laundrie had been traveling the country in a van.

On Sept. 1, Laundrie returned to his home in Florida with the van and without Petito.

A warrant was issued for Laundrie’s arrest by the federal court in Cheyenne. The warrant did not accuse Laundrie of any role in Petito’s death, but accuses of him of unlawfully using a credit card in the days following her disappearance.

Last week, Teton County coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed the cause of Petito’s death as homicide by strangulation. He also said her body had been in the forest for three to four weeks before law enforcement officials discovered her remains.

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Attorney Believes Human Remains Found In Florida Are Brian Laundrie’s

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The attorney for the family of Brian Laundrie believes that the partial human remains found in a Florida park this week are likely those of the former fiance of murder victim Gabby Petito.

Attorney Steve Bertolino told CNN late Wednesday that “the probability is strong that it is Brian’s remains.”

“It’s quite sad, you can imagine as a parent, finding your son’s belongings alongside some remains. That’s got to be heartbreaking. And I can tell you that they are heartbroken,” Bertolino said Wednesday night.

CNN reported this week that after a brief search Wednesday of a trail Laundrie frequented, the Laundrie family and law enforcement found “some articles” belonging to him.

According to the FBI, which gave a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, the items found were a notebook and a backpack belonging to Laundrie. During the news conference, officials said they could not confirm if the remains found were Laundrie’s.

The notebook and backpack were first signs of Laundrie since he disappeared in mid-September after Petito was reported missing. Laundrie has never been named a suspect in Petito’s death, but is considered a person of interest.

Petito’s body was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest last month after she was last heard from in August. She and Laundrie had been traveling the country in a van.

On Sept. 1, Laundrie returned to his home in Florida with the van and without Petito.

A warrant has been issued for Laundrie’s arrest by the federal court in Cheyenne. The warrant does not accuse Laundrie of any role in Petito’s death, but accuses of him of unlawfully using a credit card in the days following her disappearance.

Last week, Teton County coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed the cause of Petito’s death as homicide by strangulation. He also said her body had been in the forest for three to four weeks before law enforcement officials discovered her remains.

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Investigators Find Brian Laundrie’s Items In Florida Park

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Law enforcement officials discovered several items belonging to the man sought in the murder of Gabby Petito in a Florida park on Wednesday.

CNN reported that after a brief search Wednesday of a trail Brian Laundrie frequented, the Laundrie family and law enforcement found “some articles” belonging to him, family attorney Steve Bertolino said.

According to the FBI, which gave a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, the items found were a notebook and a backpack belonging to Laundrie.

Involved in Wednesday’s search were Laundrie’s parents, who have been described as uncooperative in the investigation into their son’s disappearance and the murder of Petito, his fiancee.

Bertolino would not give any further information on what or how many items were found, but did say law enforcement was conducting a more thorough search of the area.

A video obtained by Fox News showed the Laundries and law enforcement officers together. The officer appeared to tell the parents: “I think we might have found something.”

NBC news reported that partial human remains appear to have been found near a backpack in the Florida park. The FBI said they could not confirm if the remains were Laundrie’s.

The Sarasota County, Florida, medical examiner and a cadaver dog were also brought to the scene, according to media reports.

This is the first sign of Laundrie since he disappeared in mid-September following Petito being reported missing. Laundrie has never been named a suspect in Petito’s death, but is considered a person of interest.

Petito’s body was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest last month after she was last heard from in August. She and Laundrie had been traveling the country in a van.

On Sept. 1, Laundrie returned to his home in Florida with the van and without Petito.

A warrant has been issued for Laundrie’s arrest by the federal court in Cheyenne. The warrant does not accuse Laundrie of any role in Petito’s death, but accuses of him of unlawfully using a credit card in the days following her disappearance.

Last week, Teton County coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed the cause of Petito’s death as homicide by strangulation. He also said her body had been in the forest for three to four weeks before law enforcement officials discovered her remains.

Nicole Schmidt, Petito’s mother, called Laundrie a “coward” during an appearance on “60 Minutes Australia” over the weekend.

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Gabby Petito’s Mother Calls Brian Laundrie A “Coward” In Interview

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The mother of murder victim Gabby Petito, speaking during a recent appearance on “60 Minutes Australia,” called the man being sought in connection with her daughter’s death a coward.

Nicole Schmidt, who appeared on the show over the weekend with Petito’s father and stepfather, was explicit in her thoughts about Brian Laundrie, who disappeared shortly before Petito’s body was found in Bridger-Teton National Forest.

“He’s a coward,” she said. “He consciously knows what he’s doing.”

Petito’s body was found in the forest in northwest Wyoming last month after she was last heard from in August. She and Laundrie, her fiance, had been traveling the country in a van. On Sept. 1, Laundrie returned to his home in Florida with the van and without Petito.

Nicole Schmidt did say she was concerned about her daughter going on the road trip, but felt more secure due to the fact that she would be with Laundrie. The mother and daughter spoke regularly, about every other day, while Petito and Laundrie were out seeing the country.

Schmidt and Petito last spoke by video conference on Aug. 24. Petito was reported missing by her family on Sept. 11 and her body was found on Sept. 19. Laundrie was reported missing in Florida on Sept. 17.

Laundrie has yet to be found, despite extensive searches by law enforcement agencies, along with Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman. A warrant has been issued for Laundrie’s arrest by the federal court in Cheyenne. The warrant does not accuse Laundrie of any role in Petito’s death, but accuses of him of unlawfully using a credit card in the days following her disappearance.

Nicole Schmidt told “60 Minutes Australia” that Laundrie had always been polite, but quiet whenever he was around Petito’s family. However, she said he got along well with Petito’s younger siblings.

“He just seemed like a nice guy,” she said.

Nicole Schmidt said she did not even know Laundrie had been home with his family for nearly two weeks until she reported her daughter missing.

Last week, Teton County coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed Petito’s cause and manner of death as homicide by strangulation. He also said her body had been in the forest for three to four weeks before law enforcement officials discovered her remains.

“I just hope she didn’t suffer and that she wasn’t in any pain, that she was in a place she wanted to be, looking at the beautiful mountains,” Nicole Schmidt said.

The Schmidts believed Laundrie is hiding from police to escape justice.

“We were up every day and every night until we found Gabby,” said stepfather Jim Schmidt. “Are the people that love him doing the same for him? And why not?”

Joe Petito, Gabby’s father, echoed similar sentiments, questioning why Laundrie’s parents have refused to speak with police about the incident.

During their appearance, the family members expressed frustration.

“Gabby was 22-years-old. Her life was stolen from her,” Jim Schmidt said. “She was taken from us. This was evil.”

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Brian Laundrie’s Sister Insists She Doesn’t Know Where He Is

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The sister of Brian Laundrie said during an interview with ABC News this week that she does not know where her fugitive brother is.

Laundrie has been the subject of a nationwide manhunt since mid-September, when the body of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, was found in Bridger-Teton National Park. Petito’s death is considered a homicide and Laundrie is considered a “person of interest” in the case.

Laundrie and Petito were traveling the country in a van and Laundrie returned to his home in Florida on Sept. 1 without Petito. Ten days later, the woman was reported missing by her family. Her body was found Sept. 19.

“I wish he had come to me that first day with the van, because I don’t think we’d be here,” Cassie Laundrie said in an interview on Tuesday. “I worry about him. I hope he’s OK, and then I’m angry with him and I don’t know what to think.”

The couple was documenting their travels on a YouTube channel and on social media.

Laundrie is wanted by the FBI for fraud for illegal use of someone else’s credit card.

Cassie Laundrie encouraged her brother to come forward and get the family out of this “horrible mess.”

She said the last time she saw her brother in person was Sept. 6. She added she has tried getting in touch with him multiple times via phone since then.

She also noted that she and her son were with the Laundrie family, including Brian, on a camping trip just days before Petito’s body was found.

“There was nothing peculiar about it,” Cassie Laundrie said. “There was no feeling of a grand goodbye. There was nothing. I’m frustrated in hindsight that I didn’t pick up on anything.”

Cassie Laundrie added that she has been cooperating with police since the investigation started and called on her parents to do the same thing. Last month, the FBI searched the Laundrie family’s home to look for evidence regarding the Petito case.

“To tell the truth, I don’t know if my parents are involved,” Cassie Laundrie said. “If they are, they should come clean.”

Despite describing her brother as a “mediocre survivalist,” Cassie Laundrie said she wouldn’t be surprised if he could last a long time out in the wilderness.

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September Ends With No Sign Of Laundrie; FBI, Dog The Bounty Hunter Continue Search

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

After two weeks of searching, law enforcement officers still have not found Brian Laundrie, the fiance of Gabby Petito, whose remains were found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest earlier this month.

Laundrie was reported missing from his Florida home by his parents on September 17. Petito’s remains were found two days later in Wyoming, nearly a month after she was last seen. Her death has been ruled a homicide, although Laundrie has not been formally accused of her death, but is considered a person of interest.

Petito and Laundrie had been traveling the country in a van. On Sept. 1, Laundrie returned to his home in Florida with the fan and without Petito. She was reported missing on Sept. 11.

A warrant has been issued for Laundrie’s arrest by the federal court in Cheyenne. The warrant does not accuse Laundrie of any role in Petito’s death, but accuses of him of unlawfully using a credit card in the days following her disappearance.

Police from various departments are searching for Laundrie. The case has also attracted national attention, meaning that the FBI and even reality star Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman have gotten involved in the search for Laundrie.

According to CNN, the extent of Laundrie’s parents’ involvement in his disappearance is still up in the air, but a former FBI special agent said the family would have had 10 days to two weeks to plan out how we would slip away from police.

CNN also reported that the Laundrie family stayed at a Florida campground between Sept. 6 and 8, about 75 miles from their North Port home. He also purchased a new cell phone during this time.

The U.S. Sun reported that Chapman has found personal items he believes may belong to Laundrie while searching in Fort De Soto Park in Florida, which spans more than 1,100 acres. He also claimed on Wednesday that he was “closing in” on Laundrie’s location.

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