The boyfriend of the young American instragrammeuse murdered in September committed suicide, informed the family lawyer on Tuesday. His remains were found on October 20 in Florida.
A month after his skeletal body was discovered in a Florida nature reserve, Brian Laundrie’s remains have spoken. And the epilogue of this affair which caused the stir on the networks beyond the American borders is finally clarified. The boyfriend of murdered young traveler Gabby Petito, considered a “Person of interest for the investigation” around the murder of his fiancee, committed suicide with a bullet to the head. It was the lawyer for the Laundrie family who announced the news on Tuesday. The 23-year-old refused to answer investigators’ questions, creating doubt in public opinion about his possible role in the assassination. Before finally disappearing and being the target of a real manhunt.
His body, in advanced decomposition, was discovered on October 20. In the state of a skeleton when it was found by investigators, his body would have been devoured by the animals. “Human remains on the surface of the ground, with free access for predators and with heat, can decompose in just a week in Florida”, explained the anthropologist Erin Kimmerle to the English tabloid The Sun. The young man’s remains had been found in a field previously submerged by storm water. A wet, swampy area where investigators had to wade through ponds infested with alligators and snakes, Josh Port, North Port police spokesman to the tabloid, said in September. In a statement released the day after the discovery of his remains, investigators had specified that identification could have been possible via the dental impressions of Brian Laundrie.
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been advised that the cause of death is a gunshot wound to the head and the circumstances of the death correspond to suicide”said Steven Bertolino, lawyer for the young man’s family. Both parents “Still mourn the loss of their son, and hope that these conclusions will allow the two families to turn the page”, he added in a statement. Gabby Petito’s body was found on September 19 near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. According to the autopsy, she had been strangled.
The case, very followed by the media, had also been intensely commented on on social networks, which were full of various theories on the death of the young woman and the potential involvement of her fiancé. Before the latter’s body was found in Florida, many Americans thought they had seen him across the country.
Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito had left New York in July for a trip in a converted van supposed to last four months and whose stages, in the grandiose settings of the national parks of the American West, were regularly shared on Instagram and YouTube, through photos and videos. But on September 1, the young man with the shaved head had returned earlier than expected and especially alone, while Gabby Petito’s parents had not heard from her since the end of August. Video released in September by Moab, Utah police, had accentuated the questions about the personality of the young man. “She gets angry sometimes”, he declared in particular to the agents, called for a marital dispute, while Gabby Petito appeared in tears, in a car. The extraordinary media coverage given to the young woman’s disappearance had also fueled the debate on the attention given to the disappearances of white women, considered disproportionate to the cases of people from ethnic minorities.
Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.
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