Brian Laundrie Body Found! His Death Creates More Questions In Gabby Petito Case.
It looks like the case that had caught the attention of all of America is slowly coming to an end, yet there are still many questions that remain unanswered. Though it wasn’t just the United States that carefully watched the case of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie but the whole world, as everyone wanted to know exactly what happened. Now that police had found remains in the Carlton Reserve, it was confirmed that the body belonged to Laundrie. What do we know about the most recent discovery and about the man in question? Read on to find out the latest news.
Brian Laundrie Is Dead
On October 20th, as it was reported by the FBI, the police had found human remains, a backpack and a notebook in the Carlton Reserve, which they had believed had belonged to Brian Laundrie. The reason they did not discover them earlier was that during earlier searches, the area was underwater. In part, the discovery was made with the help of his father Chris, who had joined the search on October 7th. However, with the latest news in the case, it was confirmed after dental records were run, that the remains found in the Florida wilderness did in fact belong to Brian Laundrie. That was also confirmed by the family’s lawyer, Steve Bertolino, who in a statement revealed that the family had already been involved. Right now, however, it had not been made public just how the 23-year-old died whether it was a suicide or an accident or how long his remains had been submerged in water. One of his belongings found nearby was a notebook and the police are going to try and salvage it, in the hopes they might find answers as to what had happened. If you want to know with regards to what, then make sure to read on.
Brian Laundrie The Search
As some of you might recall Brian was on the run from the police with a federal arrest warrant being issued for him for fraudulent use of Gabby’s debit card after her death, as well as being a person of interest in her case. He was last seen at his family home in North Port, Flordia on September 13th, before venturing into the Carlton Reserve with seemingly just his backpack. That was the last anyone has seen or heard from him, as far as the public is concerned. For over a month, since September 18th, there has been a nationwide hunt for the man, with claims of sightings coming from all over the country and even as far as Canada. Many people had tried to look for clues as to where he could be, including internet users, and Dog The Bounty Hunter had also joined the search, which has now come to an end.
Brian Laundrie - Who Is He?
While surely everyone has heard his name, not everyone knows exactly who Brian is. While there is not much information out there about him, here is what we do know. He and Gabby had first met in High School in Long Island and as a friend of his revealed to the Sun, Laundrie was somewhat of a “chubby social outcast” while at school. He and Petito were friendly while in school but didn’t really become friends until after and they began dating in 2019. His friends had also reported that the 23-year-old had an interest in guns. They also revealed that he was not much of a social media person and had only joined Instagram two years ago to document his travels with his girlfriend. It also isn’t known if the man was in full-time employment but as seen on his Instagram he earned some money selling his artwork online on Depop where under the name Bizarre Design Laundrie sold bookmarks, print stamps, and t-shirts he designed. About a year ago, the couple had also moved in with Laundries parents in North Port, Florida. Though what exactly was he wanted for? Read on to find out.
Brian Laundrie & Gabby Petito Travels
While he might not have been keen on social media, he and Gabby used Instagram and YouTube (where they published one video) to show their road trip. At the start of July this year, the pair had set out on their dream road trip that was to consist of them visiting different national parks and which they were allegedly supposed to end in Portland, Oregon to visit a friend in time for Halloween. It looked like things were going fine on their trips until things took a turn in August when Moab, Utah, police encountered the couple "engaged in some sort of altercation." Officer Eric Pratt had reported that the two were described as getting into a physical fight following an argument, which was backed up by 911 calls. After officers pulled them down, as soon on bodycam footage, they suggested to Gabby that the two separate for the night to calm down, though other clips released at a later date seemed to suggest that Brian might have forcefully grabbed her by the face.
Brian Laundrie Returns, Petito Missing
But things got much worse, and that is also where the whole case started, when on September 1st, driving Petito's van, Laundrie returned home to North Port, without his girlfriend. However, it wasn’t until 10 days later on the 11th, weeks after calls to her mother and frequent social media posts had stopped, that Gabby’s family had reported her missing. As soon as he returned Brian had invoked his Fifth Amendment right and refused to talk to anyone until his disappearance on the 13th. Right away, a nationwide search had started as everyone tried to figure out what had happened to Petito who was last seen near the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Internet users at the time had turned their suspicions to Laundrie, however with the lack of evidence no warrant was issued for him for being involved in her disappearance, and he was only named a person of interest. Though what exactly had happened to Petito? Read on to find out.
Gabby Petito Body Found
It was September 20th that the FBI had revealed they found a body in the national park, near where the 22-year-old blogger was last seen, that they believe belonged to her. And two days later, the Petito family attorney had made a statement that confirmed everyone’s worst fears, the body discovered did indeed belong to Gabby. It was only on the 23rd of September that the FBI had issued the arrest warrant for Brian. Right away internet users had begun claiming it was a confirmation of his involvement in her death. To this, the Laundrie family lawyer had to issue a statement that said that the warrant “is related to activities occurring after the death of Gabby Petito and not related to her actual demise”.
Gabby Petito Cause Of Death
It wasn’t until October 13th that Petito’s cause of death was revealed. It was the main question everyone was asking since her body was discovered at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area of Bridger–Teton National Forest in Grand Teton National Park. Prior to the announcement, the FBI did reveal that she had died as a result of homicide. Then several days after, during a press conference coroner Dr. Brent Blue had finally revealed to the public that Gabby’s body was found in a campsite with signs of strangulation. He had also reported that her remains had been “outside in the wilderness for three to four weeks” prior to her being discovered on September 20th. It was also revealed that she had most certainly been strangled by a human being who was standing in front of her. While Laundrie was never named as a suspect why did some think he could have been the one to have killed Gabby? Read on to find out.
Brian Laundrie & Gabby Petitio Troubled Relationship?
While not once during the search for Brian did the police say he was suspected, just a person of interest, internet users weren’t so convinced. When the pair got pulled over in Moab county, Utah, officer Melissa Hulls, in an interview with Desert News, had said that when the two were pulled over she warned Petito that her and Laundrie’s relationship had the markings of a “toxic” one, adding that to this day she feels like she could have done more for the two of them. The internet users’ suspicions grew, even more, when Rose Davis who was Petito’s best friend in Florida spoke with the Daily Mail and told the publication that to her knowledge she was the 22-year-old blogger’s only friend in the Sunshine state not because she wasn’t able to make them but because her boyfriend didn’t allow her to. Davis even alleged that Laundrie once took Gabby’s ID so that she couldn’t go out with her friend. She also alleged that Gabby told her he had ‘episodes’ where he would hear things and voices and wouldn’t sleep which caused Petito to stay with Davis just to get a breather.
Brian Laundrie & Gabby Petitio Unanswered Questions
Despite the fact that we now know that both Petitio and Laundrie are dead, there are still many unanswered questions. The main one is how Brian had died and until the police make that news public, there will still be a lot of questions. The other question is what exactly happened to Gabby? We know roughly when and how she died but what is not known is the motive or the killer. While many claim that it was Laundrie, the police had not released any evidence that would suggest so. And as we mentioned before, the officers, as well as anyone who has been following the case, hopes that the notebook found near the remains will offer some answers. There are also those who claim that his family was involved and they know what happened to Petito, but that has just been the public’s speculation.
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