Mystery still surrounds Brian Laundrie’s cause of death, after his remains were found last month.
Laundrie’s bones were located at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on October 21.
On October 22 it was reported that initial autopsy results came back inconclusive and his bones would be sent to an anthologist in an attempt to determine a cause of death.
Officials found Brian’s items, which included a notebook and backpack, when they searched the Carlton Reserve.
Laundrie was found Gabby Petito was last seen on August 24, 2021, checking out of a hotel with Brian in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She was reported missing on September 11 by her mother after Brian returned home without her on September 1.
On September 19, 2021, authorities in Wyoming announced a body was found in the area where the search for Gabby had been underway.
Gabby’s autopsy results were revealed on Tuesday, October 12. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation; her death was ruled a homicide.
Read our Brian Laundrie live blog for the latest news and updates…
BRIAN LAUNDRIE TIMELINE
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.
BRIAN LAUNDRIE’S NOTEBOOK COULD BE SALVAGEABLE
North Port police told NewsNation’s Brian Entin they believe the notebook found by Laundrie’s remains could be salvageable.
DID BRIAN TAKE OVER GABBY’S INSTAGRAM?
A number of commenters on a July 26 post on Gabby Petito’s Instagram account suggested that they believe Laundrie had taken over custody of her Instagram account from that point on.
They felt an alleged shift in tone and a heavier focus on Brian in later uploads was a nod to that conspiracy theory.
“I think we all think this was most likely her last post,” one said. “All the ones after this one don’t seem the same as all the ones before this one … you can tell the difference between the two of them after reading his posts on his account.”
“Freaky bald-headed creep,” added another.
HOW WERE BRIAN LAUNDRIE’S REMAINS IDENTIFIED?
After an almost five-week manhunt, cops last week found “partial remains” in the Carlton Reserve, Sarasota.
They positively identified the “skull and bones” as belonging to Laundrie, 23, through his dental records.
A cause of death has not been released as the remains were sent to an anthropologist.
Ever since Gabby was reported missing and later found dead, internet sleuths have also trawled through Laundrie’s social media.
Laundrie was last seen alive on September 13 after telling his parents, Chris and Roberta, that he was going hiking in the Carlton Reserve, in Sarasota County, Florida but failed to return home.
Cops found a notebook while Chris Laundrie unearthed a dry bag.
LAUNDRIE FAMILY ATTORNEY INSISTS ‘NO DEAL WAS CUT’
Web sleuths have similarly speculated Laundrie’s parents “made a deal” with the FBI to reveal what they know about where the location of his body might be on the condition they were free from prosecution.
In a TV interview, Steven Bertolino, the lawyer for Laundrie’s family, said “conversations were had with respect to certain charges” insisted “no deal was cut” after claims were put to him.
But internet detectives believe there were “clearly negotiations” that they claim led to Laundrie’s parents telling authorities information related to where their son’s body was – in exchange for immunity from being prosecuted.
WHAT ITEMS WERE FOUND AT CARLTON RESERVE LAST MONTH?
Speculation was mounting online as to what “articles” of Brian Laundrie’s were found by investigators inside a Florida nature reserve on October 21, in a crucial development in the search for the fugitive.
His parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, were at the 24,000-acre park assisting with a police search when a number of unspecified articles belonging to Laundrie were found.
The FBI announced in a press conference that they discovered backpack and a notebook that belonged to Brian Laundrie.
The articles were carried away from the scene in a white plastic bag that appeared to be partially torn.
WHAT WAS BRIAN’S CAUSE OF DEATH?
Brian’s cause of death is not yet known, and it may not be determined for some time.
A forensic anthropologist examining the remains of Brian Laundrie may take two to three weeks to determine how the fugitive died.
Brian’s remains were identified as his through dental records, and a DNA analysis has not yet been performed.
Due to the state of Brian’s remains, he may have been dead for a long time before officials found him.
SHOCK DISAPPEARANCE AT GRAND TETON (P.2)
Originally from Ireland, Cian McLaughlin was living in Jackson, Wyoming, working as a snowboard instructor and bartender.
According to his mother, he also has a very thick Irish accent that would make him easily identifiable.
On the day McLaughlin reportedly went missing, he was hiking on the Lupine Meadows trail. A witness saw him around 3.45pm in the afternoon.
McLaughlin was an experienced outdoorsman, but the conditions on the trails were particularly dangerous in early June as there was melting snow and ice.
Grand Teton National Park is the same park that the body of Gabby Petito’s body was found last month.
SHOCK DISAPPEARANCE AT GRAND TETON
A mother is searching for her son who has gone missing in the same park where Gabby Petito’s body was found last month.
Cian McLaughlin, 27, has been missing since June 8. He was last seen in the park going out for a hike, NewsNationNow reports
He was first reported missing by his mother, Grainne McLaughlin, who is visiting from their native Ireland to help in search efforts.
“At this phase we have absolutely no idea,” she told NewsNation.
“We are trying to understand what may have happened.”
WHEN WAS BRIAN LAUNDRIE FOUND?
The search for Brian Laundrie ended when remains found at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park were identified as his on October 21, 2021.
Along with the remains, a backpack and a notebook belonging to Laundrie were also located.
The search for Brian Laundrie has been ongoing since he was reported missing on September 17, 2021.
BRIAN’S PARENTS WERE THERE WHEN REMAINS LOCATED
Laundrie’s parents told the police and FBI that he had left for a hike on September 13 in the Carlton Reserve of Florida, and never returned home.
On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, Brian’s parents joined the search for Laundrie, quickly finding his belongings as they looked through the park.
Their family lawyer, Steven Bertolino, told reporters that the Laundrie family had previously told the authorities to search the area where Laundrie was found.
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie were at the reserve earlier today when human remains and some of Brian’s possessions were located in an area where they had initially advised law enforcement that Brian may be,” he said.
PARENTS WITHIN YARDS OF REMAINS
Brian’s parents walked just yards away from where authorities discovered the fugitive’s remains and belongings.
FOX News reported that Roberta Laundrie was about 15 yards from one tent that was put up, and 20 from another.
NOT MUCH KNOWN ABOUT REMAINS
Details regarding the condition of the remains have not been disclosed.
Bertolino told The Sun that the remains and notebook were unearthed by law enforcement while Chris Laundrie, his father, found a dry bag.
Laundrie allegedly told his parents that he was going for a hike at the alligator-infested reserve on September 13 – which was the last time they saw him.
HOW WERE BRIAN’S REMAINS ALREADY SKELETIZED?
Tom Joyce, a retired NYPD commander, exclusively told The Sun that the remains of Brian Laundrie have likely suffered “a lot of post mortem predation“ from wild animals.
“If the remains are skeletal, that means the tissue has been pulled away from the bones,” Joyce said. “Most likely by alligators, crabs, fish and stuff like that.
“That’s what it sounds like to me because it’s definitely not long enough time for it to go naturally.”
JOKERS DRESS UP AS BRIAN AND DOG
Some trolls decided to pair up and dress as Brian and Dog the Bounty Hunter, after supposedly being inspired by the bounty hunter’s well-documented search for the fugitive.
Pictures shared on social media show people posing as Dog pretending to have caught Brian.
TROLLS DRESS UP AS BRIAN FOR HALLOWEEN
Social media trolls shared photos of themselves dressed up as Brian Laundrie for Halloween yesterday.
Others have gone as far as to put up distasteful decorations.
The nationwide search for Brian came to an end on October 21, when his remains were identified after being located by authorities at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
TIKTOK USERS SAY COPS DIRECTED THEM TO TOSS WATER BOTTLE
The TikTok user who reportedly found Gabby Petito’s water bottle near the location that Brian Laundrie’s remains were discovered spoke out in a recent TikTok video.
The user, who posts on the account @chroniclesofoliviabackup posted a video alleging that the police confirmed the bottle she found belonged to Gabby Petito, and told her to throw it away.
“The police over there, they don’t even care,” she said.
The user also said in the caption that she kept the bottle and will return it to Gabby’s family.
BRIAN’S SKELETON DRAWING
Sleuths on the internet claimed that Brian Laundrie’s creepy skeleton drawing “predicted” he “would burn in hell” after Gabby Petito’s murder.
The chilling image was uploaded to the 23-year-old’s Instagram last July and seems to show a bloodied skeleton.
Laundrie captioned the picture: “Who watches the Watchmen? Swipe for some Rorschach tests.”
The question: “Who watches the Watchmen?” is usually scrawled in the background of cartoon designs from the 1986 comic book series The Watchmen published by DC Comics.
One social media sleuth said: “I just realized what this is… It’s you burning in hell.”
One person wildly speculated: “He gave the devil some light and he took it and now look what he’s done.”
GUN FOUND IN AREA OF BRIAN SEARCH
The Independent reported that authorities are holding a gun in evidence that was discovered at Fort De Soto park last week, by Christopher Sacco, who was fishing at the time.
The gun was reportedly entered into the Florida Crime Information Center and the National Crime Information Center.
BRIAN’S REMAINS MARKED ‘TOURIST ATTRACTION’ ON GOOGLE MAPS
Brian Laundrie’s remains were marked as a tourist attraction on Google Maps and given one-star reviews after his body was found in Florida earlier this week.
Gabby Petito‘s fiancé’s skeletal remains were found on October 20 by police after his parents discovered his belongings near the entrance to the Carlton Reserve in North Port.
North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison defended officers who mistook Brian Laundrie’s mom for him on September 15, two days before Laundrie was reported missing.
Garrison said in a press conference that it’s important to show “transparency” when addressing these cases, and the mistake was due to “human error.”
“Yes, we made a mistake,” Garrison said. “It was human error, but I still stand behind my team.”
POLICE INSTALLED HIDDEN CAMERAS
Police reportedly installed hidden cameras around the Laundrie family home.
It is not clear if any of them were installed before Brian vanished.
PREVIOUS RUMORS ABOUT BRIAN LAUNDRIE CASE
Rumors have circulated this case since Gabby Petito’s disappearance and the subsequent discovery of her remains, and once again following Brian Laundrie’s evading of police as the nation went on a manhunt for the fugitive.
Previous theories regarding Laundrie’s whereabouts before his remains were discovered claimed that he was hiding in a bunker and sending his parents letters with code words to evade police.
BRIAN WAS ‘CHARMING’ POLICE
Dr Orna Guralnik, a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst from New York, exclusively told The Sun that Laundrie’s behavior with the cops revealed he “knew how to charm the police.”
“Sociopaths are good at reading a certain aspect of their environment and creating a certain kind of ease,” Dr Guralnik said.
“They create a certain vibe that helps them get away with whatever they need to get away with.”
SLEUTHS BELIEVE BRIAN WANTED TO CONVINCE PEOPLE HE WAS ‘INSANE’
Sleuths on the internet wildly claim that Brian Laundrie tried to convince the world he was “clinically insane” with his artwork and chilling messages.
Online “detectives” dug up a series of dark comic book drawings the 23-year-old made and had a lot to say about them.
One artwork posted to his Instagram page in July 2020 shows a skeleton that appears to have blood gushing from it, with the figure’s arms stretched outwards and the character seemingly screaming.
One sleuth claimed: “He’s just trying to make everyone he’s clinically insane. Truly he’s just a psychopath.”
Another posted: “This is so creepy, what a freak.”