Brian Laundrie’s cause of death has finally been revealed…
Now, Gabby Petito’s homicide has really shocked the world.
After embarking on a “dream” road trip with her fiance, Brian Laundrie, who is now also a suspect in the case, Gabby was hoping to document her travels on her social media.
According to North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison, the couple planned to travel to the West Coast and visit national parks across that side of the United States.
“She maintained regular contact with her family members during her travels; however, that communication abruptly stopped around the end of August,” the police chief said in a news briefing after the twenty-two-year-old was declared missing.
And it was during that time, things took a turn for the worst.
Little did everyone else, including Gabby’s family know what was happening to her until her body was discovered in mid-September lying in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
At first, authorities weren’t sure whether the “human remains” discovered in the area belonged to Gabby or not, but they did let the public know that they were “consistent with the description of Petito.”
The family was notified and forensic testing took place in order to confirm the worst possible news.
And within a few days, it was confirmed.
On September 21st, the Teton County coroner confirmed the human remains found on Sunday were those of Gabby and after some more investigating, the cause of death was ruled a homicide.
The Laundrie family was questioned, but by then, the main suspect in the case, Brain Laundrie, had fled and has been missing ever since.
The last time the twenty-three-year-old was seen was early September when he returned from the road trip by himself.
But what was truly shocking about all of this were all the signs in the weeks leading up to her death…
Firstly starting off with what Gabby’s mother believes to be “fake texts.”
The text sent on August 30th read: “No service in Yosemite,” which Nicole Schmidt felt was too blunt to be her daughter.
In a public warrant, there was also another text that concerned the grieving mother.
“The text message read, ‘Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls.'”
The warrant continues: “The reference to ‘Stan,’ was regarding her grandfather, but per the mother, she never calls him ‘Stan.’ The mother was concerned that something was wrong with her daughter.”
And the biggest sign of concern was a 911 call of a “possible domestic violence” incident between Gabby and Brian that happened just a month before her disappearance.
Police officers released bodycam footage of the pair after they followed up on a 911 call made by a witness in Utah. On August 12th, the man claims to have seen him hit her before getting into their van and driving off.
The hour-long bodycam footage shows a very distressed Gabby, talking to officers about what had transpired.
During her conversation with the officer, Petito can be heard saying: “I have really bad OCD. I was apologizing to him saying I’m sorry I’m so mean.
“We’ve been fighting all morning. He wouldn’t let me in the car before… He told me I needed to calm down.”
On the other side, Brain was also talking to officers.
He can be heard saying: “She just gets worked up sometimes, I try to distance myself from her. I locked the car.
“I said, ‘Let’s just take a breather.’ She had her phone. I was trying to push her away to say, ‘Let’s just take a step back,'” he said while adding that Gabby hit him with her phone.
As per ABC7, the incident was reportedly categorized by police as a “mental/emotional health break” rather than a domestic assault.
The couple reportedly agreed to spend the night separately instead of charges being filed with the police helping Brain to sort a hotel room while Gabby remained with the van.
But as per the original 911 call, the man who reported the incident said he saw Brain slapping Gabby, and not Gabby getting “worked up” as his story to the officers suggests.
And with the uncanny timing of his disappearance, people are questioning whether Brain was good at lying and manipulating situations to suit his best interest.
It was weeks after Gabby was first reported missing, the FBI finally announced that the US District Court of Wyoming had issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian in regards to fraudulent use of a bank card.
Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said the following in a statement:
“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide.
“We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”
There was one particular area that was of interest to the authorities: Fort De Soto Park.
This was because the family admitted that they all took a camping trip there, just after Gabby was declared missing.
Of course, the first protocol was to get statements off of each member of the Laundrie family, but weeks after they had given their initial statement, they changed a few important details about the events that transpired during that period.
Cassie, Brian’s sister, admitted she saw her brother twice in the 2 week period from when he arrived back in Florida without Petito and when he went missing, which means her previous statement about her contact with her brother must have been fabricated to some extent.
However, attorney, Steve Bertolino, has since stated that it was nothing sinister on Cassie’s part and that her words have been “misinterpreted,” adding: “any prior communication by Cassie that does not reflect these dates is simply a difference of relating an answer to a question misinterpreted by Cassie or poorly posed by the inquirer. Law enforcement agencies are well aware of these dates.”
At the time of the manhunt, other prominent figures joined the hunt for Brian, urging people to come forward with any information they may have.
One of the main men on the front line is none other than Dog the Bounty Hunter, who has dedicated weeks to aid the FBI in their search for Brian.
He has proved that he was taking this search very seriously and has even gone as far as putting his own body on the line to make sure every area that Brian could possibly be is being explored.
At one point, he even spent a hefty chunk of time wading through a swamp, making sure that there were no clues missed.
However, after weeks of continuous searching, Dog was off the case following an injury sustained on the job…
According to a Twitter post by news anchor, Josh Benson, Dog is recovering from an injured ankle.
Now, it’s been almost 2 months since Brian went missing…
Every single day people were growing more and more impatient for information.
But finally, there’s been a significant development.
As the Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino, told TMZ that Chris and Roberta Laundrie took to Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park with police to look for their son.
While searching, law enforcement reportedly found what appears to be partial human remains in an area that was submerged underwater, according to NBC.
They also ended up finding some evidence Brian had been there as they discovered a handful of belongings, including some clothes and a notebook, TMZ reports.
As per the Sun, special Agent Michael McPherson said that the items were located in “an area that up until recently had been underwater.”
And very quickly, the remains have been identified.
The Laundrie family lawyer has confirmed that the human remains are Brian’s.
The attorney told TMZ: “Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the remains found yesterday in the reserve are indeed Brian’s. We have no further comment at this time and we ask that respect the Laundrie’s privacy.”
Laundrie’s autopsy was then completed.
But it was reported that a cause of death could not be established.
An officer attending a police conference spoke about details of Brian Laundries death.
During that conference, Sarasota County Sheriff, Kurt Hoffman, whose department assisted in the search for Laundrie, claimed that Brian “probably committed suicide,” the Herald Tribune reports.
“That guy went out there and by all accounts probably committed suicide,” he said.
“And he was right out there where we thought he was.”
Hoffman also revealed that the area where Brian’s remains were discovered had been underwater in the weeks prior.
“There was 4 feet of water out there at the time,” he said.
During the conference, North Port Police Chief, Todd Garrison, also defended his team of officers who had mistaken Brian Laundrie’s mom for her son.
“As a 30-year (law enforcement) veteran, doing surveillance, this is not uncommon and if any expert out there says it is, they’re lying to you,” Garrison said. “I can tell you one thing, the amount of work that was done, behind the scenes, twenty-four hours a day, from our team and the FBI team working on the second floor of the police department, was phenomenal work. “
Garrison later added: “If Brian did go on the run, he would be found; I was confident of that.”
Now, a cause of death has finally been revealed.
Brain Laundire died as a result of a self-inflicted wound to the head, the Laundrie’s family attorney said.