Gabby Petito's family waiting to see if MORE people will be charged in case before commenting on Brian Laundrie autopsy
GABBY Petito's family is waiting to see if more people will be charged in case before commenting on Brian Laundrie's autopsy results.
The statement comes after an autopsy result released on Tuesday revealed Laundrie killed himself via a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
"The Schmidt and Petito family has been aware of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the sole suspect in Gabby's murder," the statement began.
"Gabby's family will not be making a statement at this time due to the request of the United States Attorney's Office and the Teton County Prosecutor's Office.
"The family was asked to not make any comments and let the FBI continue their investigation. The family was also asked to wait for the United States Attorney's Office to make a determination on whether any additional individuals will be charged.
"When that determination is made, we will have a statement."
The suicide revelation comes more than a month after Laundrie's skeletal remains were found in Florida's Carlton Reserve on October 20.
"Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide," Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino told The Sun.
"Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families."
Bertolino did not reveal where the gun Laundrie used to kill himself came from.
The autopsy revealed that the investigation included using information from the scene response, an examination of the skeletal remains, a DNA and dental comparison, and consultation with a forensic odontologist and anthropologist.
Detectives had arrived at the Laundrie family home on October 21 to tell his parents that remains were found in the alligator-infested Carlton Reserve the day before belonged to their son.
The FBI also confirmed the identification of Laundrie's remains in a statement.
"On October 21, 2021, 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," it read.
"The FBI is grateful for the tremendous investigative support from our partners."
At the time, Gabby's family said they would not be commenting on Laundrie's death.
“Gabby’s family is not doing interviews or making a statement at this time," her family said through an attorney at the time.
"They are grieving the loss of their beautiful daughter. Gabby’s family will make a statement at the appropriate time and when they are emotionally ready."
STRANGLED TO DEATH
Laundrie was the only person of interest in the murder of Gabby, who was found strangled to death in Wyoming in September.
Laundrie's remains were found near a notebook and backpack belonging to him on October 20 as his parents searched the Carlton Reserve.
Chris and Roberta were at the scene when the remains and personal items were found, their attorney Bertolino said after they told police they wanted to join the search.
In video footage captured by Fox News, Roberta and Chris were seen speaking with a police officer on a hiking trail in Myakkahatchee Creek.
While much of the conversation is inaudible, the officer at one stage seems to tell them, "we've found something," and advises the pair to go home.
The officer places his hand on Chris' shoulder during the exchange. Roberta then turns to face him and wipes his cheek.
Brian Laundrie timeline
Brian Laundrie has not been seen since the morning of September 13. Here is a timeline of Laundrie’s latest whereabouts:
- July 2021: Brian Laundrie and his fiancé Gabby Petito leave for a grip across the country. The couple visit numerous national parks across the way.
- August 12: Police in Utah respond to an incident involving the couple. The bodycam footage is not released for another month but it shows a visibly upset Gabby talking to police after reports of a domestic violence incident outside a grocery store.
- August 24: Gabby is seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Laundrie.
- September 1: Laundrie returns to his home in North Port, Florida without Gabby.
- September 6: Laundrie joins his family on a camping trip about 75 miles from their home in North Port.
- September 11: Gabby's family reports her missing.
- September 13: Laundrie leaves home to go hiking in Carlton Reserve, Florida. His family had initially said he departed on September 14, but revised their timeline weeks later.
- September 15: Laundrie is named a person of interest in the case of Gabby.
- September 16: Bodycam footage is released regarding the incident between Gabby and Laundrie.
- September 19: The FBI announces a body found at a Wyoming national park is believed to be that of Gabby's.
- September 23: The FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie's arrest claiming he "used unauthorized debit cards after Gabby Petito's death."
- September 26: A funeral is held for Gabby in New York.
- September 27: Dog the Bounty Hunter announces he will lend a hand and help search for Laundrie.
- September 28: Gabby's family held an emotional press conference as the search for Laundrie continued.
- October 5: Laundrie's sister, Cassie, appeared on Good Morning America and urged her brother to come forward.
- October 7: Laundrie's father, Chris Laundrie, assisted law enforcement in the search to find his son.
- October 12: Gabby's autopsy results were made public. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation.
- October 20: Laundrie's personal items were found near the Myakkahatchee Creek Park trail in Florida. The medical examiner was called to the scene to investigate.
- October 21: Reports stated the human remains found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park were bones.
- October 21: The FBI confirmed the remains found have been identified as Laundrie's.
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