When Brian Laundrie’s parents reported him missing in mid-September following the strangulation of his former fiancée Gabby Petito, they turned over all of the firearms in their home to the FBI— but one was missing.
Investigators notified the parents that their son died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head when he died in September, according to Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino.
“Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families,” Bertolino said.
Bertolino did not reveal where the gun Laundrie used to kill himself came from.
It’s uncertain whether the missing gun is the one used by Laundrie to commit suicide. A request for comment from the FBI on Tuesday was not immediately returned.
For weeks, the FBI refused to say whether Laundrie, who was believed to be alive and on the run at the time, should be deemed armed and dangerous. Laundrie was later revealed to have been deceased nearly the whole time.
Bertolino had already stated that he would not speak on the firearms problem for fear of inciting panic or attracting armed vigilantes to the Florida nature reserve where Laundrie went when he snuck out under the nose of North Port cops on Sept. 13, reported Fox news.
“We didn’t want the public going into a frenzy on that,” he said. “I don’t think they considered him dangerous to anybody he met on the street.”
In a statement Tuesday, Petito family lawyer Richard Stafford said that his clients are aware of the suicide determination but that federal prosecutors have requested them not to make a statement.
“The family was asked to not make any comments and let the FBI continue the investigation,” Stafford wrote. “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.”
Authorities have not identified other individuals of interest in the case. Still, Laundrie’s parents have been the subject of unverified claims by demonstrators and internet sleuths that they assisted their son in eluding police, reported NY Post.