Last month, Brian Laundrie’s bones were discovered in a Florida wildlife preserve.
Laundrie, 23, was identified as a “person of interest” in the assassination of YouTuber Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Petito. She, too, was discovered dead in September after the pair went on a cross-country road trip. Laundrie went disappeared shortly after.
“A comparison of dental data verified that the human remains… are those of Brian Laundrie,” the FBI stated in a statement last month.
Furthermore, a police official claims that when investigators began looking for Laundrie, who was engaged to Petito, he had “probably” already murdered himself.
The prelimiary results of Laundrie’s autopsy had been inconclusive, but Police Chief Todd Garrison spoke about the case at a recent community event, along with Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt Hoffman, whose agency assisted in the search for Laundrie, People reports.
“That guy went out there and by all accounts probably committed suicide and he was right out there where we thought he was,” Sheriff Hoffman said. “There was four feet of water out there at the time.”
Garrison also admitted to an “error” on his team’s behalf, when they mistook Laundrie’s mother for her son during surveillance coverage shortly after Petito was first reported missing. “Yes, we made a mistake,” he said. “It was a human error, but I still stand behind my team.”