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ONLINE sleuths continue looking into clues about Brian Laundrie’s autopsy and cause of death, as well as theorizing about Gabby Petito’s last moments

Gabby Petito was reported missing on September 11 by her mother after Brian Laundrie returned home without her on September 1.

On September 19, 2021, authorities in Wyoming announced a body was found in the area where the search for Gabby had been underway.

Gabby’s autopsy results were revealed on Tuesday, October 12. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation; her death was ruled a homicide.

Laundrie’s bones were located at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on October 21.

On October 22 it was reported that initial autopsy results came back inconclusive and his bones would be sent to an anthologist in an attempt to determine a cause of death.

Meanwhile, sleuths are claiming that Brian Laundrie is in fact still alive and is now living as a cop, among other wild conspiracies pushed in the wake of his skeletal remains being found.

In one TikTok video, someone posted a blurry photo showing a police officer with a resemblance close to Laundrie.

Grace has launched a new TV special into the case, and speculated over Laundrie’s cause of death.

“More questions than answers, no DNA, no cause of death. What do we know?” she said on the Fox News special.

“I don’t get that the remains of so-called boyfriend Brian Laundrie have been found according to what we’ve been told. But it’s not a full skeleton. In fact, we only heard about a skull. Then we hear about a partial skull but from that partial skull you can get a dental match? It’s just all very vague in my mind.”

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    A Florida sheriff revealed that Brian likely took his own life, as authorities were desperately searching for the fugitive’s fiancé, Gabby Petito.

    The Herald Tribune reported that Sarasota County Kurt Hoffman said Laundrie went out to the preserve ‘and by all accounts probably committed suicide.’


    Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino said the results of a forensic anthropologist’s analysis of Brian Laundrie’s remains are expected by the end of this month.

    Bertolino said he believes the results will reveal the time and cause of the fugitive’s death.


    Six days later, on Sept. 19, Gabby’s remains were found at a campsite near Grand Teton National Park.

    A five-week nationwide search for Laundrie then ensued. While he wasn’t named as a suspect in her death a warrant was issued for his arrest on allegations of bank fraud.

    That search came to an end on October 20 after skeletal remains were found in Myakkahatchee Creek Park, which is adjacent to the Carlton Reserve, in Sarasota County, Florida.


    Brian quietly returned home to Florida alone on September 1, failing to alert police or Gabby’s family that she was missing.

    Gabby was eventually reported missing by her mother in New York on September 11. That came after 10 days of allegedly being stonewalled by Brian and his parents about where her daughter was.

    Brian then vanished himself on September 13, telling his parents he was going hiking in the Carlton Reserve. They described him as being “upset” and “out of sorts” when he left their home for the last time.


    The 22-year-old van-life vlogger, who would be found strangled to death months later, also sold old clothes, headbands, and custom-made items on her Depop page.

    For $5, she sold hand-designed bookmarks made by Brian Laundrie that were splatted with blood.

    The bookmarks came in a variety of designs, some of which featured birds, penguins, and even a shadowed outline of the Marvel Comics character Hellboy, a known favorite of Laundrie’s.

    A second design, a black outline of a dead mockingbird, is also advertised for sale next to a copy of Palahniuk’s horror-satire novel Lullaby, which Gabby and Brian spoke about reading during their doomed adventure.

    All the items on Gabby’s Depop page are listed as “SOLD”, though it’s unclear when those sales were made.


    The vlogger sold healing necklaces that sought to “eliminate pain, rage and stress” and “provide the strength to move on” just months before her ill-fated road trip with Brian Laundrie, from which only he returned.

    Retailing for $10, Gabby sold at least three of the necklaces on her page, which appear to have originally been made by Target.

    One of the chains has what’s described as a “Gold Howlite Healing stone”, which Gabby claimed helped its wearer find stability, patience, and awareness.

    “Howlite stone helps teach patience and helps to eliminate rage, pain and stress,” the listing reads.

    A “Black Agate” necklace was also sold by Gabby at around the same time. That item claimed to contain powers of “Protection. Strength. Alignment.”

    The third necklace sold, an “Amazonite light healing stone”, claimed to represent “self-expression, inspiration and calming vibes.”


    Internet sleuths had already alleged that Petito’s interest in butterflies could offer clues to her disappearance.

    A TikTok video published to the site last month highlighted how 22-year-old Petito used butterflies across her social media, before showing a clip of Laundrie discussing flies to the cops.

    Laundrie – who was found dead last month after being named a “person of interest” in the investigation into Gabby’s death – says to police in the video, “and the flies here are pretty intense, so the flies have definitely been getting to her”.

    One person commented on the video, claiming: “I think sometimes butterflies can be used as a signal that someone is experiencing or survived domestic abuse”.


    Gabby final Instagram was also suspicious, sleuths claim, and hinted at signs about “death and evil.”

    The post – which was shared online on August 25 and captioned with a fly and pumpkin emoji – shows the tragic vlogger standing in front of a butterfly mural.

    Questions had already been raised about whether Brian – and not Gabby – uploaded the final post.

    Now one sleuth has suggested the use of a fly emoji rather than a butterfly could hint at something more sinister.

    They wrote on Facebook: “If Brian did author that last post I noticed something weird.

    “Clearly the picture is of her with butterflies in the background. So why is there a fly emoji instead of a butterfly emoji?

    “I googled the symbolism behind a fly and it means evil and bringers of death… coincidence?

    “Brian seemed like the spiritual one with nature type. So just an observation.”


    Web sleuths are convinced Gabby posted a knife emoji and picture of her fiancé Brian grinning as a cry for help.

    Instagram users are analyzing a post from Petito’s page on January 11 that shows Gabby posing for a mirror selfie with the caption: “Been listening to morbid podcast all morning, and I’m obsessed @morbidpodcast.”

    The caption also shows a knife emoji before Gabby states how she misses Charleston, South Carolina, and her godmother Flora Rocco. The post currently has over 7,000 likes.

    One user commented “Woah…do you think she’s been trying to say something since this post?!”

    Another said “Ominous [as f**k]” while a third one asked, “but is she trying to hint something?”


    Gabby shared a number of harrowing Pinterest posts about mental health in the weeks and months before her death including an image that read “existence is pain.”

    The chilling caption was above a wallpaper image of the artificial humanoid creature Mr. Meeseeks from the sci-fi sitcom Rick and Morty. She also shared a black and white version of the same image.

    A pen drawing of a female face, uploaded to Gabby’s Instagram last April, has also sparked concern among armchair detectives.

    Written around the figure is a series of messages, one of which reads: “I don’t like to go outside. I like my bed.”

    Another says: “To future me: I’m not sleeping I’m just closing my eyes.”

    Some followers of the case seem convinced that Gabby’s haunting artwork reflected the vlogger’s fears that she would be killed one day.


    Gabby had revealed Brian’s strange hiking habit to her Instagram followers before she was reported missing.

    She wrote: “Laundrie hikes barefoot everywhere we go!

    “If it were up to him, he wouldn’t own any shoes! But I just find it funny how many people comment on the fact that he is barefoot.

    “As soon as we reached the end of this easy walk, I kicked off my @sanuk, and this woman who seemed very concerned asked me if the crust was hot.

    “I was in such a different mindset that this question fazed me. Even if it was boiling lava, I was just so happy to be there that I didn’t think about the sun.”

    But Brian later told cops – who were called after witnesses saw them fighting – that the row was sparked by him getting into their van with dirty feet.


    Eagle eye spies also highlighted Gabby’s June 23, 2020 post, where she shared a picture of Laundrie and herself at Sope Creek Stream in Georgia.

    What sleuths questioned in the June 2020 post was the book Gabby was reading, Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, which follows the experiences of an unnamed protagonist struggling with insomnia.

    One person commented: “Interesting book to read….”

    Another person added: “If you look at him and the cover of the book theirs some weird Irony going on here.”

    Gabby also uploaded a photo showing her reading a book about the Zodiac killer just days before she was found dead.

    And Brian bragged online about the macabre and violent books he was reading during his road trip with Gabby, including Chuck Palahniuk’s Lullaby, which is about a serial killer.


    Gabby web sleuths think her blue sky posts with “I’m blue” lyrics were actually coded messages.

    On July 31, 2020 the 22-year-old vlogger posted two pictures of herself on Instagram that appeared to show her outdoors wearing a gray top and white pants.

    Gabby captioned one post: “I’m blue da ba dee da ba daa ? #imblue.”

    In the second post, she captioned it: “Blue his house with a blue little window And a blue Corvette And everything is blue for him ?✈️???. #blue.”

    Sleuths believe the 22-year-old was sending hidden messages about her mood, as one commented: “Is she trying to say she’s sad??”

    Another person chimed in, saying: “Blue as in sad???”

    Gabby’s caption referred to the Eiffel 65 song Blue (Da Ba Dee).


    Investigators with the North Port Police Department watched Brian leave home in his silver Ford Mustang on Sept. 13 through hidden cameras they’d secretly planted around the property.

    Two days later, they thought they saw him return in the same car.

    However, on Sept. 17, Brian’s parents reported him missing. They said he’d told them he was going hiking four days earlier – the day police watched him leave – in the nearby Carlton Reserve but never returned home.

    Police later realized that it was, in fact, Roberta Laundrie, Brian’s mother, who they had seen get out from the fugitive’s Mustang on Sept. 15.

    Former NYPD homicide detective told The Sun that the misidentification amounts to “incompetence”, adding that police should have tailed Laundrie when they saw him leave.


    Paul Belli, of the International Homicide Investigations Association, told The Sun: “Here’s a person that had weeks to handle or do things to disturb scenes such as the van.

    “I would be looking at the scenes. Cops may be looking at the actual scene of the crime. They may not have that. I don’t know.”

    Belli said investigators will have carried out a lot of “forensic processing” on the young couple’s Ford transit van that they traveled in.

    Belli fears that investigators may not fully know what happened in Gabby’s final moments.

    The expert said: “I think they’ll get a lot of information and have a circumstantial idea of what actually occurred but there’s a good possibility that they may never know every detail.”


    Gabby Petito timeline

    Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:

    • June 2021Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie set off on a cross-country trip across the US.
    • July 4 – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
    • July 8 – Gabby posts photos of herself at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
    • July 18 – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Utah’s Zion National Park.
    • August 12Body camera footage was released in September showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
    • August 19Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel chronicling their trip.
    • August 24 – Gabby is spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    • August 25 – Gabby Facetimes her mom, Nichole Schmidt, for the final time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed “more and more tension” between her and Brian.
    • August 25 – Gabby also posts her last Instagram. No location is given.
    • August 27 – Gabby is seen for what’s believed to be the final time. Witnesses claim they saw Brian in an explosive argument with staff at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, leaving Gabby in tears.
    • August 27 – Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park drive past the couple’s van “abandoned” on a dirt road.
    • September 1 – Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
    • September 11Gabby’s parents report her missing to Suffolk County police.
    • September 14 – Brian’s family issues a statement saying he has retained an attorney and will not be cooperating with investigators.
    • September 14 – Brian is allegedly last seen by his family. He reportedly told them he was going hiking in Cartlon Reserve but failed to return.
    • September 15 – Florida’s North Port police announce Brian is a person of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
    • September 16 – Utah police release body camera footage of the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
    • September 17 Brian’s parents say they have not seen their son in a couple of days and report him missing.
    • September 18 – Police announce they were searching Carlton Reserve in Florida for Brian. Police announce they have not found anything.
    • September 19 – Authorities in Wyoming say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces the body was believed to be Gabby’s but a full forensic identification needs to be completed first to confirm.
    • September 20 – Police execute a search warrant on Laundrie’s home, seizing his silver Mustang and a hard drive that may contain “evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed.”
    • September 21 – Officials announce they will be conducting an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. Police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venice side of Carlton Reserve.
    • September 21 – The FBI announced the body found in Wyoming was identified as Gabby’s. The cause of death was not yet revealed.
    • September 21 – The Teton County Coroner’s office said Gabby’s official cause of death was still pending but the initial manner of death is homicide.
    • September 22 – Police continue to scour Carlton Reserve for a trace of Laundrie but yield no leads. A specialist dive team is called in to assist with the hunt.
    • September 23 – Officials announced a federal arrest warrant for Brian was issued.
    • September 26 – Gabby’s funeral was held on Long Island, New York.
    • October 12: Gabby’s autopsy results were made public. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation.
    • October 20: Laundrie’s personal items were found at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. A medical examiner was called to the scene.
    • October 21: The FBI confirmed the remains found have been identified as Laundrie’s.

    Laundrie’s final post was the hand-drawn cover of a pamphlet called Burnt Out, a guide to coping with autistic burnout.

    The condition – also called autistic fatigue – is described as “intense physical, mental or emotional exhaustion” suffered by adults with autism.

    It can leave them unable to carry out everyday tasks and sometimes also leads to “outbursts of sadness or anger” and even suicidal thoughts, experts say.


    According to North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison, the pair put “a lot of stuff into storage” and moved to The Big Apple in June before departing on their final trip together the following month.

    Speaking to members of the South County Tiger Bay Club, Garrison explained: “What a lot of people don’t know, in June, Gabby and Brian moved out of their location and put a lot of stuff into storage.

    “They then changed their address and moved to New York and from there, they left for their cross-country adventure,” Garrison said.

Source: thesun

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