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On October 20, the FBI revealed that they had found human remains during their search for Brian Laundrie in Florida’s Carlton Reserve.
Michael McPherson of FBI Tampa also said in the press conference that along with the human remains, which they do not know who they belong to, personal belongings of Laundrie’s were found, “such as a backpack and notebook.” The area where the remains and the belongings were found had previously been underwater.
One day later, the FBI put out a press release with the news that the remains in fact did belong to Brian Laundrie.
According to theDaily Mail, Sheriff Kurt Hoffman said in a public community meeting that Brian “by all accounts probably committed suicide.” And it probably took place before the search for him even began. At the time, experts said that it would be difficult to “pinpoint a cause of death” because his body was likely under water for several weeks. His remains were being examined by a forensic anthropologist to try to determine a cause of death.
But on Tuesday (Nov. 23), the attorney for Brian Laundrie’s parents Chris and Roberta Laundrie, has released the following statement:
“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. Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families.”
The other family they are referring to is, of course, Gabby Petito’s family. Brian and Gabby were once engaged and traveling around the country in their van. Brian returned home from the trip early without Gabby and ten days later, on September 11, she was reported missing by her family. Her body was found in Wyoming on September 19. On Tuesday, October 12, the Teton County Coroner released Petito’s official cause of death as strangulation.
See the Fox News report on the new revelation below.