Brian Laundrie reportedly claimed responsibility for the death of Gabby Petito in a ‘suicide note’ found near his body, the FBI has said.
The FBI said it has found Laundrie solely responsible for ‘the tragic death of Gabby Petito’, as the investigation, which has lasted four and a half months, is concluded.
According to a statement, a notebook found near Laundrie’s remains in Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park had inside it a written confession.
‘A review of the notebook revealed written statements by Mr Laundrie claiming responsibility for Ms Petito’s death,’ the FBI said. Michael Schneider, FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge, added, ‘the investigation quickly focused on the last person believed to see her alive – Mr Laundrie’.
Schneider said: ‘All logical investigative steps have been concluded in this case.
‘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. The public’s role in helping us in this endeavor was invaluable as the investigation was covered in the media around the world.
‘On behalf of the FBI, I want to express my deepest appreciation to the public for the thousands of tips that were provided during the investigation, and to our local, state and federal law enforcement partners for their work throughout the investigation.’
The family of Gabby Petito met with the FBI at the Tampa Field Office as authorities wrapped up the investigation.
The investigation into Petito’s death was opened by the FBI on September 12, 2021, after she was reported missing by her family. ‘The FBI, working with federal, state and local officials, organized a search of a remote area within the Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest,’ the statement said.
Petito’s remains were discovered on September 19, ‘at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area near where she and Brian Laundrie had been seen together’.
After the discovery, Laundrie was confirmed to be a person of interest in the case. On October 20, during a search at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, ‘investigators found human remains later confirmed to be Mr. Laundrie, along with a backpack, notebook, and a revolver’. The FBI said: ‘A review of the notebook revealed written statements by Mr. Laundrie claiming responsibility for Ms. Petito’s death.’
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