GABBY PETITO INVESTIGATION

Brian Laundrie’s full autopsy released to the public

Feb 14, 2022, 1:15 PM | Updated: 1:45 pm
Bodycam footage from the Moab Police Department that shows them talking with Brian Laundrie is seen...
Bodycam footage from the Moab Police Department that shows them talking with Brian Laundrie is seen. (Moab Police Department)
(Moab Police Department)

SALT LAKE CITY — A Florida medical examiner’s office has released Brian Laundrie’s full autopsy, which confirmed Laundrie died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound last October.

According to the report, investigators with the District 12 Medical Examiner Office were called to the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve and Myakkahatchee Creek Park in North Port, Florida, at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 20, 2021.

At the 24,000-acre reserve, investigators found human remains, animal remains and evidence about 1 mile from the park’s entrance.

Authorities said the remains and evidence had been under 3 feet, or more, of water for an extended period of time. Authorities said it rained for several days between Sept. 17 and Oct. 7, which flooded the park.

“The area where Mr. Laundrie’s remains were later found was part of this search area, but the area was submerged due to recent flooding at the time of this initial search,” the FBI said in January.

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Among the items found were several bones, including the jawbones used to identify the remains as Laundrie’s; a pair of green shorts, a white metal ring and a handgun.

In a secondary site approximately 250 feet from the main evidence site, investigators found a “Moab Coffee Roasters” hat and several animal bones. Another site revealed a dry bag that contained a journal, small notebook and several photographs.

The FBI released its final update from its investigation into Gabby Petito’s death in January, saying Laundrie wrote he was responsible for Petito’s death in his notebook.

Petito was reported missing in September 2021 after she was seen traveling through Utah and Wyoming. Laundrie and Petito had been traveling across the country in a van since early July.

Moab police responded to an Aug. 12 incident between Petito and Laundrie before search efforts focused on the Grant Teton National Park area and the Florida home of Laundrie’s parents.

On Sept. 15, Brian Laundrie was named a person of interest in the case and Petito’s Instagram account was briefly taken down by the company before being restored.

The FBI says Laundrie’s Ford Mustang was later recovered from the Carlton Reserve in North Port, Florida.

Petito’s remains were located in Teton County, Wyoming, on Sept. 19. Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue ruled Petito’s cause of death was strangulation, and he said she died three to four weeks before her body was found near an undeveloped camping area along the border of Grand Teton National Park in remote northern Wyoming.

Authorities paused the search for Laundrie in the 24,000-acre reserve the next day.

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“The area where Mr. Laundrie’s remains were later found was part of this search area, but the area was submerged due to recent flooding at the time of this initial search,” the FBI said.

Laundrie’s remains were located in the park on Oct. 20, along with a notebook and a revolver.

The District 12 Medical Examiner’s Office said Laundrie died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The notebook was recovered and analyzed by the FBI before its announcement on Jan. 22.

You can read the full autopsy here.

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Brian Laundrie’s full autopsy released to the public