Brian Laundrie claims responsibility for Gabby’s death in notebook, FBI closes case


On Thursday, Gabby Petito’s family met with the FBI at the Tampa Field Office as the investigation will be concluded in the near future, according to a statement from the FBI.

They also said that after reviewing the notebook found near Brian Laundrie’s body, it “revealed written statements by Mr. Laundrie claiming responsibility for Ms. Petito’s death.”

“All reasonable investigative steps have been concluded in this case,” said Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider. “The investigation has not identified any 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 role of the public in assisting us in this effort has been invaluable as the investigation has been covered in media around the world. On behalf of the FBI, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the public for the thousands of tips provided during the investigation and to our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners for their work during the investigation. ”

The FBI opened its investigation into Miss Petito’s disappearance on September 12, 2021, upon receiving a report from Gabby’s family that Ms Petito was missing. The FBI, in collaboration with federal, state and local officials, organized a search of a remote area within Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest.

On September 19, 2021, the search team identified Miss Petito’s remains at Spread Creek Dispersion Campground near where she and Brian Laundrie were seen together. Miss Petito was found about three weeks after her last known contact. The Teton County coroner’s office later concluded that Petito died of “straight force injuries to the head and neck, with manual strangulation.” While law enforcement investigates all logical clues, the investigation quickly focuses on the last person who is said to have seen her alive — Mr. Laundry room.blank

The Petito family said in a statement through their attorney:

“The Gabby family would like to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation, specifically Wyoming offices, Denver, New York and Tampa, all task force members and assisting agencies.

“Gabby’s family wants to thank the FBI’s Victim Services Department for everything they do did for them. Victim Services has been there to assist from the earliest stages of this investigation and help their entire family through their worst moments their life.

“We really appreciate the diligent and hardworking efforts of the FBI in this
complicated case. The quality and quantity of the facts and information collected by FBI no doubt [that] Brian Laundrie murdered Gabby. ”

And the Laundrie family’s attorney released the following statement:

“Gabby and Brian are no longer with their families and this tragedy has caused emotional pain and suffering to everyone who loved either or both of them. We can only hope that with the conclusion of the case today, each family can begin to heal and move forward and find peace in and with the memories of their children.

“May both Gabby and Brian rest in peace.”

Here is the progress of the investigation:

  • The FBI investigation revealed that, between August 30 and September 1, year In 2021, Mr. Laundrie used Ms. Petito’s debit card without authorization while driving back to Florida from Wyoming.
  • After the death of Madame Petito, there were several identified text messages between Mr. Laundrie’s phone and Ms. Petito’s phone. The timing and content of these messages suggest that Mr. Laundrie was trying to deceive law enforcement by giving the impression that Ms. Petito was still alive.
  • On September 15, 2021, Mr. Laundrie’s Ford Mustang was recovered from the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve. and Myakkahatchee Creek Park in North Port, Florida.
  • On September 17, 2021, Laundrie’s parents reported him missing shortly after law enforcement conducted a welfare check at their residence.
  • On September 18, 2021, law enforcement officials began an extensive search of the park where Mr. Laundrie’s car was parked and Mr. Laundrie was not found. The area where Mr Laundrie’s remains were found was then part of this search area, but the area was submerged due to recent flooding at the time of this initial search.
  • On September 22, 2021The U.S. District Court of Wyoming has issued a federal arrest warrant for Mr. Laundrie. The subpoena was issued pursuant to a Federal Grand Jury indictment for a violation of federal statute 18 USC § 1029(a)(1): “Unauthorized Use of a Access Device” in connection with the activities of Mr. Laundrie after Madame Petito’s death.
  • On October 7, 2021, after law enforcement made a request through the Laundrie family’s attorney Steven Bertolino, Laundry provided personal influences to law enforcement, which were used to assist in finding Search for Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
  • On October 20, 2021After the water receded from the area and the park was reopened, Mr. Bertolino informed law enforcement that Mr. Laundrie’s parents planned to return to the park to search for Mr. Laundrie. Law enforcement officers were present when Mr. Laundrie’s parents found an item in the park that was later identified as Mr. Laundrie’s.
  • Upon further searching the area, investigators found human remains later confirmed to be Mr Laundrie’s, along with a backpack, laptop and a revolver. A review of the notebook shows that Mr. Laundrie claimed responsibility for Ms. Petito’s death.
  • On November 23, 2021, the 12th District Medical Examiner’s Office in Sarasota, Florida, released a report on the manner and cause of Mr. Laundrie’s death. The report concluded Mr. Laundrie died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The FBI thanks all law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation including the National Parks Service, United States Forest Service, Teton County Sheriff’s Office, Teton County Search and Rescue, and Police Department. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Northport Police Department, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Sarasota Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Office Brevard County, Florida Law Enforcement, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie
Credit: Gabby Petito via Instagram

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