Brian Laundrie update – Gabby Petito's fiance's cause of death STILL unknown after initial autopsy results came back

Mystery still surrounds Brian Laundrie's cause of death, after his remains were found last month.

Laundrie's bones were located at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on October 21.

On October 22 it was reported that initial autopsy results came back inconclusive and his bones would be sent to an anthologist in an attempt to determine a cause of death.

Officials found Brian's items, which included a notebook and backpack, when they searched the Carlton Reserve.

Laundrie was found Gabby Petito was last seen on August 24, 2021, checking out of a hotel with Brian in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She was reported missing on September 11 by her mother after Brian returned home without her on September 1.

On September 19, 2021, authorities in Wyoming announced a body was found in the area where the search for Gabby had been underway.

Gabby's autopsy results were revealed on Tuesday, October 12. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation; her death was ruled a homicide.

Read our Brian Laundrie live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHEN WAS BRIAN LAUNDRIE FOUND?

    The search for Brian Laundrie ended when remains found at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park were identified as his on October 21, 2021.

    Along with the remains, a backpack and a notebook belonging to Laundrie were also located.

    The search for Brian Laundrie has been ongoing since he was reported missing on September 17, 2021.

  • Jennifer Korn

    BRIAN’S PARENTS WERE THERE WHEN REMAINS LOCATED

    Laundrie’s parents told the police and FBI that he had left for a hike on September 13 in the Carlton Reserve of Florida, and never returned home.

    On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, Brian’s parents joined the search for Laundrie, quickly finding his belongings as they looked through the park.

    Their family lawyer, Steven Bertolino, told reporters that the Laundrie family had previously told the authorities to search the area where Laundrie was found.

    “Chris and Roberta Laundrie were at the reserve earlier today when human remains and some of Brian’s possessions were located in an area where they had initially advised law enforcement that Brian may be,” he said.

  • Jennifer Korn

    PARENTS WITHIN YARDS OF REMAINS

    Brian’s parents walked just yards away from where authorities discovered the fugitive’s remains and belongings.

    FOX News reported that Roberta Laundrie was about 15 yards from one tent that was put up, and 20 from another.

  • Jennifer Korn

    NOT MUCH KNOWN ABOUT REMAINS

    Details regarding the condition of the remains have not been disclosed.

    Bertolino told The Sun that the remains and notebook were unearthed by law enforcement while Chris Laundrie, his father, found a dry bag.

    Laundrie allegedly told his parents that he was going for a hike at the alligator-infested reserve on September 13 – which was the last time they saw him.

  • Jennifer Korn

    HOW WERE BRIAN’S REMAINS ALREADY SKELETIZED?

    Tom Joyce, a retired NYPD commander, exclusively told The Sun that the remains of Brian Laundrie have likely suffered “a lot of post mortem predation“ from wild animals.

    “If the remains are skeletal, that means the tissue has been pulled away from the bones,” Joyce said. “Most likely by alligators, crabs, fish and stuff like that.

    “That’s what it sounds like to me because it’s definitely not long enough time for it to go naturally.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    JOKERS DRESS UP AS BRIAN AND DOG

    Some trolls decided to pair up and dress as Brian and Dog the Bounty Hunter, after supposedly being inspired by the bounty hunter’s well-documented search for the fugitive.

    Pictures shared on social media show people posing as Dog pretending to have caught Brian.

  • Jennifer Korn

    TROLLS DRESS UP AS BRIAN FOR HALLOWEEN

    Social media trolls shared photos of themselves dressed up as Brian Laundrie for Halloween yesterday.

    Others have gone as far as to put up distasteful decorations.

    The nationwide search for Brian came to an end on October 21, when his remains were identified after being located by authorities at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.

  • Jennifer Korn

    TIKTOK USERS SAY COPS DIRECTED THEM TO TOSS WATER BOTTLE

    The TikTok user who reportedly found Gabby Petito’s water bottle near the location that Brian Laundrie’s remains were discovered spoke out in a recent TikTok video.

    The user, who posts on the account @chroniclesofoliviabackup posted a video alleging that the police confirmed the bottle she found belonged to Gabby Petito, and told her to throw it away.

    “The police over there, they don’t even care,” she said.

    The user also said in the caption that she kept the bottle and will return it to Gabby’s family.

  • Jennifer Korn

    BRIAN’S SKELETON DRAWING

    Sleuths on the internet claimed that Brian Laundrie’s creepy skeleton drawing “predicted” he “would burn in hell” after Gabby Petito’s murder.

    The chilling image was uploaded to the 23-year-old’s Instagram last July and seems to show a bloodied skeleton.

    Laundrie captioned the picture: “Who watches the Watchmen? Swipe for some Rorschach tests.”

    The question: “Who watches the Watchmen?” is usually scrawled in the background of cartoon designs from the 1986 comic book series The Watchmen published by DC Comics.

    One social media sleuth said: “I just realized what this is… It’s you burning in hell.”

    One person wildly speculated: “He gave the devil some light and he took it and now look what he’s done.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    GUN FOUND IN AREA OF BRIAN SEARCH

    The Independent reported that authorities are holding a gun in evidence that was discovered at Fort De Soto park last week, by Christopher Sacco, who was fishing at the time.

    The gun was reportedly entered into the Florida Crime Information Center and the National Crime Information Center.

  • Jennifer Korn

    BRIAN’S REMAINS MARKED ‘TOURIST ATTRACTION’ ON GOOGLE MAPS

    Brian Laundrie’s remains were marked as a tourist attraction on Google Maps and given one-star reviews after his body was found in Florida earlier this week.

    Gabby Petito‘s fiancé’s skeletal remains were found on October 20 by police after his parents discovered his belongings near the entrance to the Carlton Reserve in North Port.

  • Jennifer Korn

    HUMAN ERROR

    North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison defended officers who mistook Brian Laundrie’s mom for him on September 15, two days before Laundrie was reported missing.

    Garrison said in a press conference that it’s important to show “transparency” when addressing these cases, and the mistake was due to “human error.”

    “Yes, we made a mistake,” Garrison said. “It was human error, but I still stand behind my team.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    POLICE INSTALLED HIDDEN CAMERAS

    Police reportedly installed hidden cameras around the Laundrie family home.

    It is not clear if any of them were installed before Brian vanished.

  • Jennifer Korn

    PREVIOUS RUMORS ABOUT BRIAN LAUNDRIE CASE

    Rumors have circulated this case since Gabby Petito’s disappearance and the subsequent discovery of her remains, and once again following Brian Laundrie’s evading of police as the nation went on a manhunt for the fugitive.

    Previous theories regarding Laundrie’s whereabouts before his remains were discovered claimed that he was hiding in a bunker and sending his parents letters with code words to evade police.

  • Jennifer Korn

    BRIAN WAS ‘CHARMING’ POLICE

    Dr Orna Guralnik, a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst from New York, exclusively told The Sun that Laundrie’s behavior with the cops revealed he “knew how to charm the police.”

    “Sociopaths are good at reading a certain aspect of their environment and creating a certain kind of ease,” Dr Guralnik said.

    “They create a certain vibe that helps them get away with whatever they need to get away with.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    SLEUTHS BELIEVE BRIAN WANTED TO CONVINCE PEOPLE HE WAS ‘INSANE’

    Sleuths on the internet wildly claim that Brian Laundrie tried to convince the world he was “clinically insane” with his artwork and chilling messages.

    Online “detectives” dug up a series of dark comic book drawings the 23-year-old made and had a lot to say about them.

    One artwork posted to his Instagram page in July 2020 shows a skeleton that appears to have blood gushing from it, with the figure’s arms stretched outwards and the character seemingly screaming.

    One sleuth claimed: “He’s just trying to make everyone he’s clinically insane. Truly he’s just a psychopath.”

    Another posted: “This is so creepy, what a freak.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    TIMELINE MURKY AS ATTORNEY, COPS MAKE CONFLICTING STATEMENTS

    Police didn’t know Brian Laundrie was missing until four days after he vanished despite his family’s lawyer insisting he contacted the FBI immediately.

    Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino was asked to clarify the timeline after questions were reignited by speculation over how and when Laundrie died.

    Laundrie was reported missing to the Northport Police Department by his parents Chris and Roberta on September 17.

    It later emerged that the couple last saw their son on September 13, when they said he set out for a solo hiking trip.

    In interviews this week, Bertolino revealed for the first time that he’d contacted the FBI to alert them that Brian was missing when he didn’t return home on the 13th.

    Northport Police spokesman Josh Taylor responded to Bertolino’s claim with surprise, saying that his department had no idea Brian was missing until the report was filed by his parents on September 17.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WEB SLEUTHS THINK GUN IS CONNECTED, CONTINUED

    Sacco and his friend had been fishing near a playground area at the park which Laundrie stayed at with his family back on September 6 and 7.

    The weapon is now with Pinellas Country Sheriff’s Office.

    The find sent sleuths on Twitter ablaze with theories that the weapon could have been used to kill Petito, or that someone had used it to kill Laundrie, with one user writing, “Fisherman finds weighted down the gun in Fort De Soto #BrianLaundrie.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    WEB SLEUTHS THINK GUN IS CONNECTED TO GABBY’S MURDER

    Brian Laundrie web sleuths are afraid a gun found weighted down in the water by a fisherman could be connected to Gabby Petito’s murder.

    Cops were called out to Foto De Soto Park, Florida, in October after Christopher Sacco, 35, dredged out the black revolver, which was wrapped in a bag and secured to a rock with red and white twine, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

  • Jennifer Korn

    OVERDOSE?

    Some web sleuths now claim Brian Laundrie used Gabby Petito’s water bottle to mix a cocktail of drugs before he overdosed.

    Hikers found a Nalgene water bottle thought to match one that belonged to Gabby days after cops found bone fragments in the Florida wilderness.

    One web sleuth said: “I don’t know why people assume the water bottle is not important. Maybe it contained an overdose of drugs mixed with water as his method of death.”

    Another commented: “I think it’s important to Gabby’s case as in: it was her bottle, and Brian took it, why?”

    “He knew she wouldn’t need it anymore. He knew she was dead.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    BERTOLINO: LAUNDRIE WAS ‘UPSET’ AND ‘DISTRESSED’

    Steven Bertolino said he had multiple conversations with Brian, Chris, and Roberta on September 12th and 13th – both one-on-one and all together.

    Bertolino said Laundrie was “upset” and “distressed” when he set out for his solo hike but did not appear suicidal.

    “I can tell you Brian was alert, he was coherent, when he was speaking with me. I had no inclination or indication that he would hurt himself,” he said

    Bertolino refused to answer whether Laundrie knew Gabby was dead. Asked if Laundrie killed Gabby, the attorney replied: “You know, that’s a tough question to answer, other than no, not to my knowledge.

    “I can’t say that he did or didn’t, I’m sure the FBI may be able to fill those answers in at a different time.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    CONSPIRACIES ABOUT BRIAN OVERTAKE INTERNET

    Online sleuths are claiming that Brian Laundrie is in fact still alive and is now living as a cop, among other wild conspiracies pushed in the wake of his skeletal remains being found.

    In one TikTok video, someone posted a blurry photo showing a police officer with a resemblance close to Laundrie.

    The man, seen in the photo wearing a baseball cap and glasses, was seen walking next to Laundrie’s father Chris on October 7.

    The user, posting under the name conspiracyteacrimetimeee, then captioned the TikTok: “Brian Laundrie’s father seen laughing with officer who looks exactly like his son while on their search in Carlton Reserve.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    HAUNTING PINTEREST CLUES

    Online sleuths think Brian Laundrie’s Pinterest account may have revealed hidden clues on how he wanted to die.

    Sleuths seem to have found a tattoo with the letters “DNAR” meaning “Do Not Attempt to Resuscitate” after looking through Laundrie’s Pinterest account.

    A red cross covers a person who is performing chest compressions on a man.

    Underneath the artwork reads the caption: “Doctor, I want to die dignifiedly.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    BRIAN’S BEST FRIEND: ‘IT APPEARS AS IF THIS STORY IS OVER’

    Brian Laundrie’s friend continued: “But it appears as if this story is over.”

    The friend alluded to Laundrie’s notebook as showcasing an important look into Laundrie’s private life and his potential last days with Petito.

    “Hopefully his notebook can detail what it is we all want to know,” the friend, alluding to Petito’s cause of death that was determined to be by strangulation.

  • Jennifer Korn

    BRIAN’S BEST FRIEND ASKS ‘WHY?’

    Laundrie’s best friend exasperatedly asked “why” he would do such a thing, adding they believe Laundrie is the person behind Gabby Petito’s death.

    The friend told The Sun in an exclusive interview that Laundrie’s notebook could contain clues to solve Petito’s death, whom a medical coroner determined had died due to strangulation.

    “I think this is the outcome we expected,” the friend told The Sun in an exclusive interview after Laundrie’s remains were found and subsequently identified.

    “I don’t know if it’s the one we would ask for,” the friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, said.

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