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Who was Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie?

GABBY Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie went on a cross-country road trip, which turned out fatal for both.

Gabby disappeared and her body was found in Wyoming and Brian was named a person of interest, but his remains were subsequently discovered in Florida.

Gabby Petito and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie

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Gabby Petito and her fiancé, Brian LaundrieCredit: Social Media – Refer to source

Who was Brian Laundrie?

Brian Laundrie was Gabby Petito‘s fiance, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot after being declared a “person of interest” in her disappearance.

Brian and his fiancé went on a cross-country road trip onboard their white Ford Transit van that started in July 2021.

Gabby, who told her family she was visiting a Wyoming national park on August 25, then went missing.

Brian briefly returned home safely and hired an attorney but refused to cooperate with the police.

He then disappeared himself on September 13, having told his family he was going for a hike in the nearby Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre wilderness.

On September 18, 2021, the North Port police department tweeted a photo of officers at Carlton Reserve, writing: “The North Port Police Department, FBI, and agency partners are currently conducting a search of the vast Carlton Reserve for Brian Laundrie.”

On Thursday, September 23, the FBI issued a warrant for Brian’s arrest, claiming he “used unauthorized debit cards after Gabby Petito’s death.”

However, on October 19, Brian’s personal items were discovered near a trail in Myakkahatchee Creek Park, his lawyer confirmed.

His parents came to the scene to help with the search, while the Sarasota County Medical Examiners Office was also summoned to the park.

Brian Laundrie’s remains were officially identified on October 21, 2021, after an extensive search at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.

On 23 November, the family’s attorney Steven Bertolino revealed Brian Laundrie died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Laundrie’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino released a statement that read:

“Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide.

“Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families.”

On January 21, 2022, the FBI issued a final statement regarding Petito’s case after a nearly five-month investigation.

“The investigation did not identify any other 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.”

A timeline of the investigation states, “A review of the notebook revealed written statements by Mr. Laundrie claiming responsibility for Ms. Petito’s death.”

Brian is known for being just as adventurous as his partner.

According to his Instagram bio, he was a “nature enthusiast,” and his most recent pictures were from his cross-country travels.

What happened to Gabby Petito?

Gabby, 22, last posted Instagram photos on August 25 and FaceTimed her mother a few days before.

According to The Daily Mail, Nicole Schmidt, Gabby’s mother, revealed she received texts from her daughter’s phone until August 30, but she is unsure who actually sent the texts out.

“It was just a text. I did not verbally speak to her,” she said. 

“I can’t say much, but she’s no longer with the van.

“I don’t want to say anything more than that but for people looking for her, I want them to look for her now, not look for that van anymore.”

GoFundMe page was created to “raise funds to aid the search” and has raised over $34,000.

The page indicated that Gabby was 5’5, has blonde hair, blue eyes, and a tattoo on her left arm with flowers and a “Let it be” tattoo.

Friends of Gabby were also vocal in her disappearance, begging Brian to cooperate in the investigation.

On September 19, 2021, it was announced that authorities in Wyoming have found a body in the area where the search for Gabby has been underway.

During a press conference, authorities confirmed finding remains that match Gabby’s identity.

Almost a month later, on Tuesday, October 12, strangulation was revealed to be the cause of death. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue added that Gabby’s predicted death was three to four weeks before her body was found.

Dr Blue also confirmed that Gabby was not pregnant but wasn’t able to go into much detail because of state laws.

The couple were on a cross-country road trip when Gabby Petito went missing in Wyoming

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The couple were on a cross-country road trip when Gabby Petito went missing in WyomingCredit: Instagram

Where was Brian found?

On October 19, Brian’s personal items were discovered near a trail in Myakkahatchee Creek Park.

Three days later, human remains were discovered by Brian’s backpack and notebook, five weeks after the 23-year-old vanished after he told his parents he was going on a hike in the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve.

Laundrie’s attorney suggested that the spot where the remains and belongings were found was the same location the parents had shared with authorities a month ago. 

“Indeed, this is the very area of the park that we initially informed law enforcement, on I believe it was September 17th, that Brian would be most likely in the preserve,” Bertolino said. 

“Mr. Laundrie informed me that it was quite near the entrance… He put a time frame of about 30 minutes in.

“A mile or two into the reserve.”

The specific location in the vast alligator and insect-infested swampland had been mostly submerged in hurricane-soaking water back in September, when authorities launched the manhunt for Brian.

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Brian Laundrie timeline

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Brian Laundrie has not been seen since the morning of September 13. Here is a timeline of Laundrie’s latest whereabouts:

  • July 2021: Brian Laundrie and his fiancé Gabby Petito leave for a grip across the country. The couple visit numerous national parks across the way.
  • August 12: Police in Utah respond to an incident involving the couple. The bodycam footage is not released for another month but it shows a visibly upset Gabby talking to police after reports of 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: Laundrie returns to his home in North Port, Florida without Gabby.
  • September 6: Laundrie joins his family on a camping trip about 75 miles from their home in North Port.
  • September 11: Gabby’s family reports her missing.
  • September 13: Laundrie leaves home to go hiking in Carlton Reserve, Florida. His family had initially said he departed on September 14, but revised their timeline weeks later.
  • September 15: Laundrie is named a person of interest in the case of Gabby.
  • September 16: Bodycam footage is released regarding the incident between Gabby and Laundrie.
  • September 19: The FBI announces a body found at a Wyoming national park is believed to be that of Gabby’s.
  • September 23: The FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie’s arrest claiming he “used unauthorized debit cards after Gabby Petito’s death.”
  • September 26: A funeral is held for Gabby in New York.
  • September 27: Dog the Bounty Hunter announces he will lend a hand and help search for 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 the search to find his son.
  • October 12: Gabby’s autopsy results were made public. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation.  
  • October 20: Laundrie’s personal items were found near the Myakkahatchee Creek Park trail in Florida. The medical examiner was called to the scene to investigate.
  • October 21: Reports stated the human remains found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park were bones.
  • October 21: The FBI confirmed the remains found have been identified as Laundrie’s.
  • January 21, 2022: The FBI released its final investigative statement on Gabby’s case. The statement said, “The investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito.”

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