As specifics of Brian Laundrie’s final camping trip and diary remain unknown, there are many unanswered questions regarding the search for him.
Most doubts are unanswered a week after Laundrie’s remains were found in the Carlton Reserve in Florida near his parents’ home, more than a month after he disappeared.
If you’ve been following the search for Gabby Petito’s fiance, you’ve probably wondered what occurred on his final camping trip, what was written in a notebook found near his bones, and what was in the water bottle found by his remains, and was he eaten by a wild animal?
Many people wonder if Petito was murdered by Laundrie’s fiance now that his parents have announced his remains would be burned without a funeral due to the ambiguous autopsy results.
A farewell camping trip for Brian Laundrie
It’s still a mystery why Laundrie took his parents camping in September at Pinellas County’s Fort De Soto, Florida. When the 23-year-old returned without Gabby and without the van, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie reportedly went camping with their son.
Cassie Laundrie “saw her brother Brian on Sept. 1 when he stopped by her home and again on Sept. 6 at Fort De Soto Park,” according to the attorney for the Laundrie family, Steven Bertolino.
At least two days before Gabby went missing on Sept. 11, according to Pinellas County records, Laundrie’s mother checked into a campground at the park. When her son Brian didn’t return after a trek in Florida’s 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve on Sept. 14, they said they last saw him on that day.
However, it was not until Sept. 17 that the Laundries became aware of his disappearance. Gabby’s body was discovered two days later in a campsite in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.
A notebook was discovered
Brians parents joined the search at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, near the Calton Reserve, where Chris Laundry found a bag and notebook belonging to his son, which he handed to police.
Investigators believe the 23-year-old’s notebook may hold the key to finding out what happened to his fiancée. A white plastic bag holding some of Brian Laundrie’s belongings had been spotted in a clump of trees beside a path by Brian’s father, Chris Laundrie. The notebook’s contents are still a mystery, but police say it and Gabby’s luggage will be “crucial evidence” in the investigation.
West Coast Trial Lawyers’ president Neama Rahmani, a former assistant U.S. attorney, said: “Law enforcement found a backpack and notebook, that’s key evidence. It’s certainly likely that those human remains they found belong to Brian Laundrie, unless he was trying to plant evidence next to someone else’s remains to throw law enforcement off his tracks,” the report adds.
The most likely scenario is that Brian Laundrie was killed by an animal or a human, or that he took his own life. If he took his own life, it’s far more likely that he wrote something in the notebook concerning Gabby’s disappearance.
Questions about Laundrie’s death
In light of the advanced state of decomposition of Brian’s remains, forensics expert and former head of the San Diego Police Crime Lab, Jennifer Shen, has stated that determining the cause of death may prove to be extraordinarily difficult.
“Anytime a body has been exposed to the elements, particularly ones as devastating as those found in swampy water, physical clues leading to cause of death, information about injuries, and sometimes the ability to identify a body can be very difficult to find,” Shen added.
“In this case, investigators knew who they were looking for, and dental records were readily available. This is what allowed them to quickly identify the skeletal remains as Brian’s, in the absence of “severe trauma to the skeletal structure of the body,” such as a gunshot wound or blunt trauma, it will be impossible to identify Brian’s remains.”
The truth of whether Laundrie killed Petito or not is still up for debate, but online sleuths believe he is the one responsible.
Rose Davis, 21, Petito’s friend, accused Laundrie of being bossy and manipulative. “I was concerned with them spending that much time together because when I was last seeing them, they were rocky,” she explained.
“He didn’t want her to go out one night with me, and he stole her ID. This was really upsetting to her. You’re engaged, it’s not supposed to be like that.”