SOME photos previously surfaced of Brian Laundrie’s room, and one shows an American-flag-covered gun.
In the picture, a gun painted to resemble the American flag hangs on the shelf and a chilling poster depicting violent stabbings and beatings sits on a nearby bookshelf.
Internet sleuths are still trying to figure out the meaning of the gun in the snapshot.
Meanwhile, mystery still surrounds 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 and the next day, 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.
Laundrie was found after Gabby Petito was last seen on August 24, 2021, checking out of a hotel with Brian in Salt Lake City, Utah and 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.
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NO AUTOPSY RESULTS?
Brian Laundrie’s autopsy results came back inconclusive on November 3, leaving many to wonder what happened.
People became outspoken on Twitter, with one person calling for them to provide some form of closure for Gabby Petito’s family.
“They Need To Hurry Up On The Autopsy Of Brian Laundrie So The Petito’s Have Some Kind Of Closure,” one person posted on Twitter.
WILD ANIMALS MAY HAVE SNACKED ON BRIAN’S REMAINS
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.“
“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.”
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 Brian 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 Petito 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.
DIGITAL FOOTPRINT, CONTINUED
Gabby Petito’s family speculates Brian Laundrie impersonated their daughter by sending text messages from her phone after her death, according to Yahoo News
However, cellphone records will allow the FBI to track Laundrie’s whereabouts leading up to September 17, when his parents reported him missing.
The FBI is working to connect Brian Laundrie’s digital footprint as they dive into his movements in the days leading up to Gabby Petito’s death.
Brian Entin, a correspondent for NewsNation said, “I think the FBI knows a lot of those questions and they will be resolved,” Mr Entin says. “If they close the case those documents will be available through public record searches.”
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 a 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.
TIMELINE MURKY AS ATTORNEY, COPS MAKE CONFLICTING STATEMENTS
Police didn’t know Brian Laundrie was missing until four days after he vanished despite his family’s lawyer insisting he contacted the FBI immediately.
Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino was asked to clarify the timeline after questions were reignited by speculation over how and when Laundrie died.
Laundrie was reported missing to the Northport Police Department by his parents Chris and Roberta on September 17.
It later emerged that the couple last saw their son on September 13, when they said he set out for a solo hiking trip.
In interviews this week, Bertolino revealed for the first time that he’d contacted the FBI to alert them that Brian was missing when he didn’t return home on the 13th.
Northport Police spokesman Josh Taylor responded to Bertolino’s claim with surprise, saying that his department had no idea Brian was missing until the report was filed by his parents on September 17.
Some web sleuths now claim Brian Laundrie used Gabby Petito’s water bottle to mix a cocktail of drugs before he overdosed.
Hikers found a Nalgene water bottle thought to match one that belonged to Gabby days after cops found bone fragments in the Florida wilderness.
One web sleuth said: “I don’t know why people assume the water bottle is not important. Maybe it contained an overdose of drugs mixed with water as his method of death.”
Another commented: “I think it’s important to Gabby’s case as in: it was her bottle, and Brian took it, why?”
“He knew she wouldn’t need it anymore. He knew she was dead.”
PHOTOS FROM RESERVE WHERE LAUNDRIE’S REMAINS WERE FOUND
A Twitter user shared photos from an area they claimed was nearby where Brian Laundrie’s remains were ultimately discovered.
“Brian Laundrie died about 300 feet from here,” they wrote. “Near the Big Slough Canal.”
“Pretty area tbh.”
‘THIS IS TRAGIC FOR TWO FAMILIES’
Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino spoke of the loss suffered by both the Petito and Laundrie families.
“There are two young people that have now lost their lives,” Bertolino said. “These are parents that are suffering.
“Now, I understand that whatever happened or whatever didn’t happen,” he added. “This is tragic for two families.”
“And anybody with a child, and anybody with a sense of humanity can understand the frustration that both families feel on that point.”
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.
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 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.
BRIAN LAUNDRIE BUFFET, CONTINUED
The pictures were shared in several Gabby Petito Facebook groups, sparking a flurry of both positive and negative comments.
One person asked: “Did your kid have fun? That’s all the matters! I think it’s very creative.”
Another commented: “It’s funny for Halloween but idt that’s a great theme for a first birthday. She might look back on that when she is older and be like wtf (sic).”
However, the theme of the birthday party was also slammed by some furious users online.
One posted: “I could understand the skeleton/Halloween theme but trying to poke fun of a situation like Gabby and Brian’s is completely unacceptable.”
DAD THROWS BRIAN LAUNDRIE-THEMED BUFFET FOR DAUGHTER’S BIRTHDAY
A father threw a Brian Laundrie themed buffet party as he celebrated his daughter’s first birthday and uploaded photos on social media.
Pictures uploaded to Facebook show a skeleton lying on a table that’s been covered in pancetta.
Gummy worms appear to be in the skeleton’s eyeballs and mouth and there is a selection of cheese and crackers scattered on a black tablecloth.
The name “Brian Laundrie” was also written on a black chalkboard standing next to the skeleton.
Posting in an Aldi-themed Facebook group, Jack Bersch said: “We did this with Aldi food for my daughter’s first birthday.”
“If you don’t like it that’s fine. We all thought it was funny and I would understand if I’m no longer a part of this group tomorrow morning.”
OFFICIALS ‘ILLEGALLY’ CHARGED $3,000 IN FEES FOR VIDEO, CONTINUED
The thousands of dollars in fees charged by Moab police the dissemination of the footage – which grabbed national spotlight – cost three times more than what the department had expected to take in for the entire fiscal year of fee revenues, the Salt Lake Tribune reported citing a city budget document.
Moab Police Department charged 30 entities – mostly news organizations – $98 to provide the footage totaling $2,940, according to a document The Tribune obtained through an open records request.
The law enforcement agency has since agreed to refund the fees which may have violated Utah law.
OFFICIALS ‘ILLEGALLY’ CHARGED $3,000 IN FEES FOR VIDEO
Officials in the Utah city where Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie had an explosive domestic dispute have been accused of illegally collecting nearly $3,000 in fees for the distressing police bodycam footage of the incident.
The Moab Police Department are planning to return the fees collected from multiple media organizations featuring footage of the officers pulling over Gabby and her ex-fiancé Brian outside of Arches National Park.
The August 12 recordings showed the 22-year-old Gabby holding her neck and explaining to both Moab and park officers that her fiance Brian had “scratched and grabbed” her, causing the bruises – nearly a month before the woman was reported missing and later found dead.
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.”
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.”
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.
‘SHE SETTLED FOR HIM’
Livingston claimed he got to know Gabby because she would come to visit Laundrie a few times a week and that “she was always a sweetheart, very peaceful,” he told Fox News.
“She was always really nice to me, and she was really outgoing. Once I realize that the person who was missing was somebody I actually knew, it hit me like a tidal wave,” Livingston continued.
“I think the only reason why she settled for him is he wanted to travel.”
Livingston added that Laundrie would reportedly attempt to mark his territory with Gabby and “would come over and do the boyfriend thing, put his arm around her, give her a kiss, very possessive,” Livingston claimed to Fox News.
“He was a good employee who knew how to talk to people,” he revealed.
“He knew how to make people like him, he knew how to make people happy, and he knew how to make people buy the product that we had, honest. He had the same kind of air you would be taught if you worked at a dealership.”
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