AceShowbiz - Attorney for Brian Laundrie's family has confirmed that the YouTuber died by suicide. In a statement on Tuesday, November 23, Steven Bertolino revealed that Brian died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
"Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound... and the manner of death was suicide," the family's lawyer Steven Bertolino said. "Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families." The lawyer also claimed that they're "waiting on FBI to release info."
Following the new update, North Port Police Chief Garrison said, "We are thankful that another step in finalizing this case has been taken. While this entire situation evokes nothing but sadness, we're hopeful that all the work which went into the chaotic search for answers will help heal those impacted."
Gabby Petito's (Gabrielle Petito) family also reacted to the statement from the Laundries' family attorney. "The Schmidt and Petito family has been aware of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the sole suspect in Gabby's murder," they said in a statement. "Gabby's family will not be making a statement at this time due to the request of the United States Attorney's Office and the Teton County Prosecutor's Office."
"The family was asked to not comment and let the FBI continue their investigation and allow the US Attorney's Office make a determination on whether any additional individuals will be charged," the statement continued.
The update arrives more than a month after Brian's remains and his belongings were found in wetland areas in Florida's Carlton Reserve on October 20. Brian went missing on September 14, two weeks after he returned to his home state of Florida alone with the van that he and his fiancee Gabby used for their cross-country road trip.
As for Gabby, the 22-year-old travel blogger's remains were found at a campsite in Bridger-Teton National Forest after her family reported her missing on September 11. Her manner of death was ruled to be a homicide as her cause of death was strangulation. Brian was named "a person of interest" in her disappearance.