The cause of death of Brian Laundrie, the sole suspect in the death of his girlfriend Gabby Petito, has finally been revealed by a lawyer representing his family.
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide,” attorney Steve Bertolino told The New York Post.  “Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families.”
The manner of death was determined to be suicide by a forensic anthropologist. It is not clear at this time where Laundrie got the gun or if it was recovered from the scene where his body was discovered. Bertolino and the FBI did not respond to any more questions about the gun.
The District Twelve Medical Examiner in Sarasota revealed that they used dental records and “DNA analysis” to identify Laundrie.
Petito family lawyer Richard Stafford released a statement on Tuesday saying that his clients are aware of the suicide ruling. Still, federal prosecutors have told them that they should not release an official statement about it.
“The family was asked to not make any comments and let the FBI continue the investigation,” Stafford said. “The family was also asked to wait for the United States Attorney’s Office to make a determination on whether any additional individuals will be charged.”
Laundrie, 23, was being sought by authorities in connection with Petito’s death when his remains were found on a 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve near his parents’ home in North Port, Florida, on October 20. Police revealed that his body had been submerged for weeks inside the marshy park before it was found, making it challenging for coroners to deal with.
The couple was on a cross-country road trip over the summer when Petito, 22, went missing, and Laundrie got home without her on September 1. She was reported missing by her mother ten days later, with her remains later being found on a campground in Wyoming on September 19.
By then, Laundrie was on the run, and the FBI launched a massive manhunt for him that lasted for weeks until his remains were found. Laundrie was wanted not only for Petito’s death but also for using her credit card in Wyoming. His remains have reportedly been sent to anthropologists for another review.