The fugitive Brian Laundrie disappeared in September, only for his body to turn up a month later.
Laundrie’s death remained mysterious until Tuesday, when his lawyer announced the results of a forensic autopsy.
The Laundrie family’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, spoke to Fox News on Tuesday. Bertolino told the network that Laundrie had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
He added, “Chris and Robert are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families.”
Between August and October, Laundrie gained national attention after the disappearance of his fiancée Gabby Petito. On September 15, he became a person of interest in Petito’s murder, and he went missing on September 17.
On Oct. 20, Laundrie’s skeletal remains surfaced inside a park in southern Florida, after spending several weeks underwater due to flooding. Forensic dentistry identified the skeleton as Laundrie’s.
The state’s medical examiner failed to determine the cause of death, even after an autopsy in late October.
From there, a forensic anthropologist surveyed Laundrie’s hard tissues… and identified the death as a suicide.
Bertolini indicated to Fox News that the anthropologist had spoken to him on Tuesday.
The F.B.I. has remained silent on the case since this revelation.
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