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Brian Laundrie’s Family Said ‘One Firearm Was Missing’ When They Turned in Guns to Authorities

by Taylor Cunningham
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When Christoper and Roberta Laundrie reported that their son Brian Laundrie had vanished following the murder of his fiancée Gabby Petito, they turned all of his guns over to the FBI. But according to a source, one firearm was missing.

On November 23rd, Brian Laundrie’s autopsy report revealed that Laundrie died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. The findings came a month after police located his remains in Florida’s Carlton Reserve. Laundrie was the sole suspect in the murder of Gaby Petito.

“Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families,” Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino told The Sun.

Shortly after Bertolino made the report public, a source close to the investigation revealed that one of Laundrie’s guns was reported missing during the federal investigation.

However, authorities have not confirmed if Laundrie used the missing gun to end his life.

Bertolino admitted that he did not comment on the firearm out of fear that the information would cause panic. Or worse, armed vigilantes would head to the Florida nature reserve where Laundrie was thought to be hiding.

“We didn’t want the public going into a frenzy on that,” he said in a statement. “I don’t think they considered him dangerous to anybody he met on the street.”

Gabby Petito Murder Investigation Remains Open While Police Investigate Brian Laundrie’s Notebook

Though the sole person of interest in Gabby Petito’s murder is dead, the investigation remains open.

Brian Laundrie vanished on September 14th, shortly after the family of his fiance Gabby Petito reported her missing. And once police found her remains buried in a shallow grave in Grand Teton National Park, they began a nationwide manhunt for Laundrie.

Laundrie was found dead near his family’s home in Florida a month after his disappearance. His body had been decomposing for weeks. And the elements destroyed nearly all of the evidence. However, police did find a waterlogged notebook by the crime scene.

“We can surmise, we [can] make an assumption,” former FBI special agent Stuart Kaplan told People last month. “But right now the responsible party for the homicide of Gabby Petito, arguably, is still unsolved,”

Authorities still haven’t determined if Laundrie killed his fiancée. But the FBI hopes forensic scientists can decipher the contents of his notebook.

“I believe the FBI is using all their chemical techniques and other techniques to get everything they can out of that notebook, depending on how much was written in there. You can imagine it may be a long, tedious process,” FBI agent Jennifer Coffindaffer said. “But they can do it.”