Gabby Petito Case: Brian Laundrie Found Dead After Month-Long Search

Amid news of Laundrie's disappearance, Gabby Petito's lawyer released a statement on behalf of her family, saying, "All of Gabby's family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding."

Gabby Petito was confirmed dead at age 22 after her remains were found in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest on September 19.

Just a month after, FBI Denver announced on Twitter that Gabby Petito’s 23-year-old fiance Brian Laundrie has been found dead in Florida.

Gabby Petito
Gabby Petito’s missing fiance, Brian Laundrie has been confirmed dead / Instagram

“A comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found at the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve and Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are those of Brian Laundrie,” the authorities wrote.

Earlier on Tuesday, a notebook and backpack belonging to Laundrie were found near a trail he frequented in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port, Fla., spurring a thorough investigation of that area, Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino said.

Gabby Petito
Slain influencer Gabby Petito and her missing fiance, Brian Laundrie has been found dead / Instagram

On Sept. 1, before going missing, Laundrie returned home alone from a cross-country trip that he and Gabby had taken. Petito’s parents reported her missing on Sept. 11, and just days later, Laundrie’s family said they had not seen him since Sept. 14, police said. He did not speak with the police before his disappearance, and he was not a suspect in her death.

Amid news of Laundrie’s disappearance, Gabby Petito’s lawyer released a statement on behalf of her family, saying, “All of Gabby’s family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding.”

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In the midst of a four-week manhunt, Laundrie’s parents went to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Oct. 20 to search for their son, the family’s lawyer said in a statement.

“After a brief search of a trail that Brian frequented some articles belonging to Brian were found,” Bertolino said. He later added that the discoveries were located in an area the parents “had initially advised law enforcement that Brian maybe.”

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