One month after Brian Laundrie's remains were found at a Florida preserve, his parents have learned his cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the family's attorney.
A bench covered in colorful steel butterflies sits in the shade of trees in a North Port park, just steps away from where a makeshift memorial once stood. In the center, a plaque reads, "In Memory of Gabby Petito."
Utah investigators have determined that there is no connection between the horrific double murder of a newlywed couple found dead just outside Moab and the missing person case of Gabby Petito, who passed through the city with the fiancé who drove back to Florida without her.
In addition to the remains of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie being discovered, an additional six bodies were found across the country amid a search that made national headlines.
The Laundrie family's attorney says a forensic anthropologist analyzing Brian Laundrie's remains will likely have some answers regarding his manner, cause and time of death within a matter of weeks.
The North Port Police Department is dispelling reports that DNA does not match the remains of Brian Laundrie.
According to a North Port police spokesman, detectives had set up cameras around the Laundries' home in North Port to monitor Brian's movement after Gabby's family reported her missing.
Brian Laundrie's notebook and backpack were discovered near his remains, and though the area had previously been underwater, investigators say the notebook could provide answers about Laundrie's final days.
FOX 7 spoke with Dr. Danny Wescott, an anthropology professor at Texas State University, to learn more about the process behind identifying human remains.
Gabby Petito’s remains were found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in September. Now, authorities are searching for her boyfriend who arrived home without her from their cross-country trip.
Gabby Petito, 22, vanished after going on a cross-country trip with her boyfriend in a converted camper van. Here is a timeline of her disappearance, death and the developments in the case.
The body that was found Wednesday belonged to Brian Laundrie, the only person of interest in the Gabby Petito case, officials say.
The attorney for the family of Brian Laundrie has chalked up differences in the timeline of when he was reported missing to a lack of communication between law enforcement agencies, saying there is "no discrepancy between the FBI and the Laundries."
Now that human remains have been found alongside Brian Laundrie's backpack and notebook in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, attention is shifting to his parents' actions following Gabby Petito's homicide and their son's subsequent disappearance.
A body was found Wednesday during the ongoing search for Brian Laundrie, the only person of interest in the Gabby Petito case. Investigators have yet to identify the remains, but items belonging to Brian were found nearby.
“I said, ‘You might want to change your appearance for a while or this will continue to happen where you go,’” Graham County Sheriff Jerry Crisp told Severin Beckwith, the Brian Laundrie doppelgänger.
Brian Laundrie's former co-worker said he had the personality of a "chameleon" who sometimes lost his temper. Though he never witnessed Laundrie being abusive to his now-deceased fiancée, Gabby Petito, he said Laundrie did appear to get jealous and possessive if he spotted her talking to other guys.
Pasco County K9 Diesel, trained to detect human remains, has joined in on the search for Brian Laundrie at the Carlton Reserve.
Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped for nine months when she was 14 years old by a street preacher and his wife, said Wednesday that it is "heartbreaking" knowing what Gabby Petito likely went through in the days and weeks leading up to her death.
The last time Brian Laundrie was seen was back on Sept. 13, according to his parents, authorities say. One month later, his whereabouts remain unknown.