An attorney for the family of Brian Laundrie said Tuesday that he fatally shot himself in the head.
Found in a Florida nature preserve, Laundrie’s skeletal remains were positively identified last month using dental records. Laundrie had been the subject of a manhunt for more than a month. Investigators searched for clues in the slaying of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, during their cross-country road trip together.
The discovery of the remains concluded a massive search involving federal, state and local law enforcement that began shortly after Laundrie disappeared Sept. 14, two weeks after the 23-year-old returned alone to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida.
Attorney Steve Bertolino said in a statement that Laundrie’s parents have been informed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, and the manner of death was suicide.