Brian Laundrie’s new evidence helped prove he killed himself and police may have found the gun he used, experts believe

Brian Laundrie’s NEW evidence has helped prove he fatally shot himself in the head – and police may have found the gun he used, a forensics expert believes.

There has been a long wait for answers after the 24-year-old van-life vlogger was found dead weeks after going missing after the body of his murdered fiancée Gabby Petito was discovered.

Brian Laundrie shot himself in the head after running away from his parents' home, it's confirmed


Brian Laundrie shot himself in the head after running away from his parents’ home, it’s confirmedCredit: AP
Petito was found strangled to death in the woods after the couple argued during a camping trip


Petito was found strangled to death in the woods after the couple argued during a camping trip

The revelation of the suicide came more than a month after Laundrie’s remaining bones was found in Florida’s Carlton Reserve following an intense FBI manhunt for the fugitive.

Attorney Steven Bertolino said Laundrie owned a pistol and a firearm was missing from the family home after they were asked by police to turn over all of their guns.

But Jennifer Shen, a forensics expert and former director of the San Diego Police Crime Lab, told The Sun she believes the weapon may have been found by police – and additional evidence leads to the cause. The cause of death has been announced.

“Since the cause of death is given as suicide by a gunshot wound to the head, it is believed that further evidence supports this,” she said.

“Whether this is a weapon, his tracks, the entries in his notebook, or the information gleaned from his phone or laptop indicates his mental state. information other than skull damage would be required to conclude this was a suicide.

“There is a possibility that if a weapon can be restored, then it is already.”

She continued: “To prove a death is a suicide, a combination of physical evidence from the body itself, and physical evidence from the scene, witnesses, electrical equipment is required. death, etc.

“The combination of the head injury and the surrounding physical evidence will allow the medical coroner to determine the cause of death.

“In this case, investigators will collect all of the evidence found at the recovery site to add more details about the findings of the medical examination and forensic anthropology.”

When asked if she was surprised by the results of his autopsy, she replied: “Absolutely not.

Both Laundrie and Petito’s families had to wait a long time to find out what had happened to Gabby’s boyfriend, but Shen said the lengthy process was normal because of “intensive testing, including testing. toxic”.

“This takes time, even on a pristine body,” she said. “When a body has decomposed and the weather is harsh with adverse conditions, an autopsy becomes more difficult.


The absence of obvious entry and exit wounds, the ability to track the bullet’s path through the body’s tissues, the markers to indicate the body’s position at the time of death, the experts said. or any sign of external damage due to the bony nature of the remains” was called in for assistance.

“In this case, a forensic anthropologist was consulted to examine the damage to the bones/skull and determine what kind of force would cause the damage observed. This would increase the time taken. for a significantly reported outcome.”

Shen felt it was a “very sad end to a very sad case” and believed Laundrie was responsible for Gabby’s death – after an autopsy revealed she had been strangled to death before Her body was found in a forest near the couple’s campsite in Wyoming.

They were previously pulled over by police in Utah on a cross-country trip following a dispute, and are known to have had a tumultuous relationship, according to friends.

Laundrie is the only person of interest in the murder and is wanted by the FBI for using Gabby’s pin and Capital One Bank card to make unauthorized withdrawals.

Laundrie’s The remains have been found near a notebook and his backpack on October 20, when his parents searched the Carlton Reserve.


He was last seen alive on September 13, when he told his parents he was going hiking in the reserve.

Bertolino shares Brian’s distraught state of mind before he leaves one last time.

“I can tell you Brian was very sad to leave,” the lawyer explained in the interview with NBC.

“(Brian’s dad) Chris told me many times that he wished he wouldn’t let him go, but he just couldn’t stop him.”

Jennifer Shen told The Sun: “Domestic violence is a tragedy for all involved and often ends with many families being destroyed.

“We all must do better to recognize the signs of toxic relationships and intervene before it’s too late. My heart goes out to both the families and all those touched by this story. this is very sad.”

The FBI launched a massive manhunt against Laundrie before his skeleton was found


The FBI launched a massive manhunt against Laundrie before his skeleton was foundCredit: Facebook / WFLA
Gabby Petito's devastated family is still searching for answers


Gabby Petito’s devastated family is still searching for answersCredit: Dr OZ
Laundrie is the only one interested in his girlfriend's murder


Laundrie is the only one interested in his girlfriend’s murderCredit: Instagram

Brian Laundrie timeline


Brian Laundrie hasn’t been seen since the morning of September 13. Here’s a timeline of Laundrie’s latest whereabouts:

  • July 2021: Brian Laundrie and his fiance Gabby Petito leaving for a grip across the country. The couple visited many national parks along the way.
  • August 12: Police in Utah react to an incident involving a couple. The bodycam footage isn’t released for another month but it shows a clear discomfort Gabby Speak to police after reporting a domestic violence incident outside a grocery store.
  • August 24: Gabby is seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Laundrie.
  • September 1: Laundromat returned to her home in North Port, Florida without Gabby.
  • September 6: Laundromat joined his family on a camping trip about 75 miles from their home in North Port.
  • September 11: Gabby’s Family reported her missing.
  • September 13: Laundrie leaves home for a hike in the Carlton Reserve, Florida. His family initially said he was departing on September 14, but revised their schedule a few weeks later.
  • September 15: Laundromat was named a person of interest in Gabby’s case.
  • September 16: Bodycam footage was released in connection with the incident between Gabby and Laundrie.
  • September 19: FBI reports a body found in Wyoming National Park is believed to belong to Gabby’s.
  • September 23: The FBI has issued an arrest warrant Laundrie’s was arrested claimed he “used an unauthorized debit card following Gabby Petito’s death.”
  • September 26: ONE funeral was held for Gabby in New York.
  • September 27: Dog the Bounty Hunter announced he would lend a hand and help find Laundrie.
  • September 28: Gabby’s Family held an emotional press conference as the search for Laundrie continued.
  • October 5: Laundrie’s sister, Cassie, appeared on Good Morning America and urged her brother to come forward.
  • October 7: Laundrie’s father, Chris Laundrie, assisted law enforcement in their search for his son.
  • October 12: Gabby’s autopsy results has been made public. Dr. Brent Blue of Teton County Coroner confirmed Gabby died of strangulation.
  • October 20: Laundrie’s personal belongings was found near the Myakkahatchee Creek Park trailhead in Florida. Medical examiners were called to the scene to investigate.
  • October 21: The stated reports human remains found in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are bones.
  • October 21: FBI confirm what remains found has been identified as belonging to Laundrie.
Brian Laundrie’s autopsy results show Gabby Petito’s fiancé shot himself in the head to kill himself.

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