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Brian Laundrie, boyfriend of murdered travel blogger Gabby Petito, committed suicide, family lawyer says


The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, according to a report.

The death of Brian Laundrie, the boyfriend of murdered travel blogger Gabby Petito, has been ruled as suicide, according to the Laundrie family lawyer.

Laundrie’s remains were found on October 21 at the Carlton Reservation in North Port, Florida, in an area that had been submerged in water during a month-long search. The Sarasota County medical examiner did not determine the manner or cause of death, so Laundrie’s remains were brought to a forensic anthropologist for analysis.

Laundrie’s parents Chris Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie were told by the anthropologist that Laundrie apparently died of a gunshot wound to the head, family lawyer Steven Bertolino said in a statement to ABC News on Tuesday. .

Laundrie went missing on September 14, three days after Petito was reported missing by his family. He was named a person of interest in his disappearance the next day.

Petito’s remains were found on September 19 in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, nearly a month after his last public appearance. She and Laundrie had taken a trip across the country to visit national parks in June and documented the trip on social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube.

Federal and state investigators believe Petito went missing between August 27 and August 30. Laundrie returned to Florida, to the house the couple shared with her parents, on September 1 with Petito’s van, which she had converted for the trip.

In addition to the couple’s nationwide search, Petito’s disappearance sparked a nationwide conversation about domestic violence and the preferential treatment of missing white women.

Petito’s family founded the Gabby Petito Foundation to “meet the needs of organizations that support the locating of missing persons and to provide assistance to organizations that help victims of domestic violence situations”.

Joshua Hoyos of ABC News contributed to this report.

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