Brian Laundrie's bones showed signs of being eaten by wild animals, autopsy reveals

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito.
Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito.North Port Police Department
  • The skeletal remains of Brian Laundrie showed signs that they were eaten by wild animals, according to a new autopsy report released on Monday.

  • Laundrie died by suicide last year at a vast Florida nature reserve.

  • The FBI has said Laundrie wrote in a notebook found near his remains that he was responsible for the death of his fiancée Gabby Petito.

The remains of Brian Laundrie — the fiancée of slain Gabby Petito — showed signs that they were eaten by wild animals after he died by suicide at a Florida nature preserve, according to newly released autopsy and forensic documents.

The District 12 Medical Examiner's Office in Florida released the report, which detailed that Laundrie's bones showed several bite marks left by animals around the time of his death and sometime later.

"Most of the distal long bones have moderately extensive carnivore activity evidenced by multiple gouging and gnawing marks," the report said.

It added, "These areas are consistent with carnivores and/or omnivores including canines such as feral dogs and coyotes along with rodents and raccoons."

Laundrie's remains were discovered "scattered" near his backpack last year on October 20 at Florida's vast Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida, which is also where the 23-year-old eventually vanished to after he returned home from a joint cross-country road trip without Petito.

A coroner later ruled that Laundrie by suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Nearby Laundrie's remains, investigators said at the time they found his backpack, notebook, and a revolver.

The report released on Monday said that a pair of green shorts, two slip-on shoes, and a white metal ring were also discovered nearby. Investigators also found a dry bag containing a journal, along with a wooden box "that contained a small notebook and a photographic picture of Brian Laundrie," the report said.

Additional photos were found, but the report did not describe the contents.

The report also said, at a "secondary" scene inside the 25,000-acre Florida reserve, there were skeletal animal remains, a "handwritten half note," and a hat with the logo "MOAB Coffee Roasters."

Laundrie's toxicology report also found no trace of drug use.

The FBI revealed last month that Laundrie wrote in a notebook found near his remains that he was responsible for the death of Petito.

Petito's body was discovered at a remote campsite in Wyoming on September 19 roughly three weeks after her last known communication. She and Laundrie had embarked on a road trip out West in a converted camper van last summer, documenting their travels on social media along the way.

The 22-year-old woman was manually strangled to death, a Wyoming coroner ruled.

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