EXCLUSIVE: When Brian Laundrie’s mother and father reported him missing in mid-September following the strangulation of his former fiancée Gabby Petito, they turned over all the firearms of their dwelling to the FBI – but one was missing, sources shut to the investigation inform Fox News Digital.

Laundrie household legal professional Steve Bertolino mentioned Tuesday afternoon that investigators knowledgeable the mother and father that an post-mortem had decided their son died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the top when he died in September.

It’s unclear whether or not the missing gun is the one Laundrie used to take his personal life. The FBI didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Tuesday.

Brian Laundrie as seen in bodycam footage released by the Moab Police Department in Utah.

Brian Laundrie as seen in bodycam footage launched by the Moab Police Department in Utah.
(Moab Police Department)

For weeks, the bureau declined to reply questions on whether or not Laundrie, believed to be alive and on the run on the time, ought to be thought of armed and harmful. Laundrie was later revealed to have been deceased almost the entire time.

In prior conversations, Bertolino mentioned he additionally declined to remark on the firearms problem out of concern that it could create a panic or appeal to armed vigilantes to the Florida nature reserve the place Laundrie went when he snuck out underneath the nostril of North Port police on Sept. 13.


“We didn’t want the public going into a frenzy on that,” he mentioned. “I don’t think they considered him dangerous to anybody he met on the street.”


The case of Petito and Laundrie captivated the nation for greater than a month. The set off on a cross-country street journey in late spring, documenting their travels in idyllic social media posts. But on Aug. 12, police in Moab, Utah, responded to a home violence incident involving the couple, as Fox News Digital was first to report.

Gabby Petito in an undated photo shared by her father.

Gabby Petito in an undated picture shared by her father.
(Joseph Petito/Twitter)

They finally filed no expenses but cut up the 2 up for the night time. 

Roughly two weeks later might have been the final time anybody noticed Petito alive in public, at a restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming, just a few miles from the place an FBI-led search recovered her stays on Sept. 19. The Teton County coroner dominated her loss of life a murder by strangulation.


Laundrie returned to his mother and father’ Florida dwelling on Sept. 1 – driving Petito’s van. He mentioned nothing publicly about her whereabouts, and her mother and father reported her missing on Sept. 11. Two days later, Laundrie snuck off and didn’t return dwelling.

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Bertolino beforehand mentioned that he instantly instructed the FBI that his consumer hadn’t come dwelling, but North Port police mentioned they thought he was nonetheless in the home once they arrived on Sept. 17.

Bertolino mentioned that after he instructed the FBI that Laundrie failed to return from the park, he had no additional contact with the FBI till they instructed him Friday a couple of tip that Laundrie had been seen in Tampa. 

But from Tuesday night to Thursday, neither Laundrie’s mother and father nor his legal professional adopted up with the FBI or native authorities about their missing son’s whereabouts.

Brian Laundrie as seen in bodycam footage released by the Moab Police Department in Utah.

Brian Laundrie as seen in bodycam footage launched by the Moab Police Department in Utah.
(Moab PD)

“North Port PD was under the assumption that Brian was home, and so was the FBI when they got a tip on Friday that Brian was in Tampa, and they wanted to meet with us on Friday,” Bertolino mentioned in October. “I was shocked and said, ‘That’s good. You found him in Tampa,’ and they said, ‘What do you mean? I thought he’s at the house.’ I said, ‘No, I told you the other day he never came home.'”

North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison had mentioned in the midst of that week that he knew precisely the place Brian Laundrie was – but he was fallacious.

Laundrie was the only particular person of curiosity in Petito’s loss of life.

Investigators discovered Laundrie’s partial stays and belongings within the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port on Oct. 20. It’s only a 10-minute drive from his household’s dwelling. They used dental data to affirm his identification. But a explanation for loss of life was delayed because the skeletal stays had been despatched to a forensic anthropologist for an in-depth examination.

Tuesday afternoon, the outcomes had been launched: suicide by gunshot wound to the top.

Laundrie’s household has mentioned they might forego a funeral and that he might be cremated.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline could be reached by calling 800-273-8255.

For those that don’t need to converse to a counselor, there’s additionally a nationwide Crisis Text Line out there 24/7 by texting “home” to 741741.