Brian Laundrie died by suicide, family attorney says


Brian Laundrie died by suicide, according to the attorney representing his family.

Laundrie, 23, is one who cares about the death of his 22-year-old fiancée Gabby Petito.

Laundrie’s attorney Steven Bertolino said: “Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and that the mode of death was suicide.

Laundrie returned home September 1 after taking a cross-country road trip with Petito in a converted camper van. He returned to his parents’ home in North Port without Petito.

Petito was reported missing on September 11 after her family failed to contact her.

Gabby Petito (Credit:
Joseph Petito)

Her remains were found in Grand Teton National Park on September 19.

Laundrie was last seen September 13 after his parents said he went hiking in the 24,000-acre Carlton Preserve in Sarasota, Florida.

Laundrie’s remains were found on October 20 in a nature park in North Port, where authorities spent most of their time searching for him.

Bertolino said: “Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and hope that these findings will bring the family to an end.


Warning signs to look out for in your child:

  • Isolate or refuse to attend school;
  • Change in eating habits;
  • Withdrawal from colleagues or social activities;
  • Withdrawal from extracurricular activities at school or in the community; and/or
  • Report bullying, harassment or intimidation in your school, community, or on social media.

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National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255

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A Guide for Parents/Carers to Help Families Coping with COVID-19:

Smart Society: Monitor your kids online

National Association of School Psychologists: School Safety and Crisis

David Lawrence Children’s Center Website

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For a complete list of resources and organizations, you can visit This is my courage.

For additional tools, including a treatment locator, you can visit CDC Mental Health Website.


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National Alliance on Mental Illness, Collier . County

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Lee County, Charlotte, Hendry

Lee Health – Behavioral Health

Lee Health Foundation’s – ‘Kids Minds Matter’

The National Coalition for Care offers a free handbook
Circle of Care: A Guide for Mental Health Caregivers

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Coalition for Bipolar and Depression Support

Local support group: Anxiety and Depression Association of America

US Department of Health and Human Services (Mental Health and Addiction Insurance Help)

Southwest Florida Resource Link

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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