Brian Laundrie confessed to killing Gabby Petito in notebook found near his remains
The notebook was discovered by Laundrie’s parents in Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park where it is believed that Laundrie took his own life, authorities said. The FBI stated that a revolver was also found nearby.
Laundrie, 23, and Petito, 22, who were engaged, set out on a road trip in Petito’s converted Ford Transit van in June of 2021 and documented their travels on social media. Laundrie returned alone, driving the van to his parents’ Florida home September 1.
As police searched for Petito in mid-September, Laundrie went missing. Petito’s remains were found a few days later, at Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest. Her death was ruled a homicide by manual strangulation.
The specific evening leading up to Petito’s death remain a mystery. The FBI described Laundrie as a “person of interest” in her murder, but he was not charged in her killing, although he did face charges for allegedly using Petito’s debit card without authorization.
His remains were found October 20 in an area that had been underwater during previous searches of a 25,000-acre reserve.