FBI: Brian Laundrie's writing claimed responsibility for Gabby Petito's death

FBI: Brian Laundrie’s writing claimed responsibility for Gabby Petito’s death

(As originally published, Fri, January 21st 2022, 4:15 PM EST)

TAMPA, Fla. (WPEC) — The FBI has given its final update on the Gabby Petito-Brian Laundrie case and there is new information concerning something found near Laundrie’s body.

The FBI opened the case on Sept. 12, 2021, after getting reports from Petito’s family that she was missing.

Petito, 22, and her fiancée Laundrie, 23, had left Sarasota County on a cross-country road trip in July.

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In August, police officers in Utah responded to a 911 call from a person who reportedly witnessed Laundrie slap Petito. Police later pulled the couple over at Arches National Park.

Her body was found in Grand Teton National Park on Sept. 19. The medical examiner’s report said she died of “blunt-force injuries to the head and neck, with manual strangulation.”

FBI: Brian Laundrie's writing claimed responsibility for Gabby Petito's death
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie went on a cross-country trip in July. Laundrie returned home in her vehicle in September. Police found her remains in Wyoming on Sept. 18, 2021. (CNN Newsource)

In October, after weeks of searching, authorities recovered Laundrie’s remains in a nature reserve near North Port, Fla. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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They also found a backpack, notebook, and a revolver with him.

The FBI has now revealed that in the notebook were “written statements by Mr. Laundrie claiming responsibility for Ms. Petito’s death.”

The bureau did not elaborate.

“All logical investigative steps have been concluded in this case,” FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said. “The investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito.”

Thursday, Petito’s family met with the FBI at its Tampa Field Office.

“The FBI’s primary focus throughout the investigation was to bring justice to Gabby and her family,” Schneider said. “The public’s role in helping us in this endeavor was invaluable as the investigation was covered in the media around the world.”

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