Brian Laundrie died by suicide, his family lawyer confirms

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Brian Laundry, a lawyer, died by suicide by being shot in the head laundry family confirmed Tuesday.

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Laundry was a man of interest in the murder of his fiancée, 22-year-old Gabby Pettito, whose remains were found in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest in mid-September. A medical examiner confirmed that Petito died of strangulation.

After Pettito’s remains were found, a week-long, nationwide search for the laundry began, which ended on October 21 when his remains were found along a trail in the swampy Florida woods. However, the initial coroner’s report was inconclusive.


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Steven Bertolino, attorney for Laundry’s parents, said on Tuesday, told The Guardian That the family had received a detailed report from a forensic anthropologist.

“Chris and Roberta Laundry have been informed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and that the mode of death was suicide,” Bertolino said.

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

Laundry was never charged in connection with Pettito’s death, but federal agents issued an arrest warrant for the 23-year-old on September 23, after a jury indicted him for unauthorized use of Pettito’s debit card.

Authorities alleged that Laundry used the card to withdraw more than $1,000.

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The Petito affair caught the attention of the world, in part thanks to the couple’s social media presence.

The pair posted photos of their trip across the United States to their social media accounts, but chilling bodycam footage and a 911 call released to the public indicated the possibility of a darker side to Petito and Laundry’s relationship.

The pair were stopped outside the Moonflower Community Cooperative in Moab, Utah, on August 12, when a 911 caller told police they saw the laundry slapping and hitting Petito.

Body camera footage showed Petito crying as he described an argument that turned into slapping the laundry while he was driving. Police asked the couple to separate for the night, but neither Petito nor Laundry were taken into custody and no charges were filed.

Laundry returned home on September 1 without Pettito in the Ford van the couple had taken on their trip. Petito’s parents held a funeral for their daughter on September 26 in Holbrook, NY. Across the street from the funeral home, a chain link fence was decorated with posters bearing Petito’s image and messages such as “He touched the world”.

, With files from Granthshala News ‘Chris Janslewicz’

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If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, there are resources available. In an emergency, please call 911 for immediate assistance.

For a directory of support services in your area, see Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention,

Learn more about how to help someone in crisis.

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