Brian Laundrie autopsy shows he died by suicide, attorney says

FILE – This Aug. 12, 2021 file photo from video provided by the Moab, Utah, Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, near the entrance to Arches National Park in Utah. The FBI on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, identified human remains found in a Florida nature preserve as those of Laundrie, a person of interest in the death of girlfriend Gabby Petito while the couple was on a cross-country road trip. (The Moab Police Department via AP, File)

(CNN) – Brian Laundrie died by suicide from a gunshot wound to the head, an attorney for the Laundrie family told CNN 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,” said attorney Steven Bertolino.

Laundrie’s remains were found in a Florida nature reserve last month. He disappeared just days after his fiancée Gabby Petito was reported missing.

The couple had been traveling across the country in a converted van and documenting their travels on social media. The case gained national attention as authorities searched for both.

Laundrie returned to his parents house in Florida on September 1 without Petito. As police were trying to question the family about Petito’s whereabouts, Laundrie went missing on September 13 or 14 after leaving home with a backpack, according to his parents.

Petito’s remains were found in Wyoming on September 19. Her death was ruled a homicide by manual strangulation.

Laundrie’s remains were found in an area of the park that had been under water during previous searches of the 25,000-acre nature reserve in North Port, Florida.

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