After four months of investigating the disappearance and death of Gabby Petito, the FBI offered its final comments on the case Friday afternoon, stating that the only person identified as being involved in her homicide was her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. And officials said Laundrie admitted the slaying before he died.
“All logical investigation steps have been concluded in this case. The investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito. The FBI’s primary focus throughout the investigation was to bring justice to Gabby and her family,” Michael H. Schneider, special agent in charge, said in a statement shared in an FBI news release.
Laundrie, who was reported missing in Florida on Sept. 17, was also later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in a Sarasota County park.
A notebook found near his body included written statements by Laundrie claiming responsibility for Petito’s death, the FBI said.
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The case was followed closely around the world, and authorities received numerous tips as they searched for Petito and Laundrie.
“The public’s role in helping us in this endeavor was invaluable as the investigation was covered in the media around the world. On behalf of the FBI, I want to express my deepest appreciation to the public for the thousands of tips that were provided during the investigation, and to our local, state and federal law enforcement partners for their work throughout the investigation,” Schneider said.
After privately meeting with the FBI in Tampa Thursday, an attorney for Gabby Petito’s family said there’s “no doubt” that Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie, killed her during a road trip this summer, Fox News correspondent Laura Ingle tweeted Friday.
“We truly appreciate the FBI’s diligent and painstaking efforts in this extremely complicated case. The quality and quantity of the facts and information collecte