The FBI found that Brian Laundrie took responsibility for killing Gabby Petito in a notebook found near his body (Pictures: EPA)
Brian Laundrie took responsibility for killing Gabby Petito in a notebook found near his body, the FBI shared Friday as the agency plans to close the investigation into her homicide.
In a statement, the FBI in Denver said their ‘investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito.’
Laundrie’s body was found in a Florida nature reserve near his parent’s home alongside a backpack and notebook.
‘A review of the notebook revealed written statements by Mr Laundrie claiming responsibility for Ms Petito’s death,’ the agency shared.
The investigation also revealed that Laundrie had sent several text messages between his and Petito’s cellphones following her death in an attempt ‘to deceive law enforcement by giving the impression that Ms Petito was still alive.’
The 22-year-old Long Island native was reported missing after Laundrie, 23, returned to his parent’s Florida home from a cross-country road trip without her. The FBI later confirmed a body found in Bridger Teton National Forest, not too far Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, was identified as Petito.
Laundrie died a month after Petito from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
‘All logical investigative steps have been concluded in this case,’ FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said Friday.
‘The FBI’s primary focus throughout the investigation was to bring justice to Gabby and her family.’
Schneider added that the public’s role in the investigation ‘was invaluable as the investigation was covered in the media around the world.’
Petito’s family was in Florida on Thursday morning, about four months after their daughter was found strangled to death in Wyoming. On Thursday, the Petito and Laundrie families reportedly came to an agreement about how the couple’s belongings would be split.
Rick Stafford, an attorney for the Petito/Schmidt family thanked the Wyoming, Denver, New York and Tampa FBI offices in a statement on behalf of Gabby’s family.
‘Gabby’s family would like to thank the FBI’s Victim Services Department for all they have done for them,’ he added. ‘Victim Services has been there for support from the earliest stages of this investigation and helped their entire family navigate through the worst moments of their lives.’
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