Grisly new details have emerged about the condition of Brian Laundrie’s skeletal remains three months after they were found in a Florida wilderness park.
Police previously confirmed the 23-year-old died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but a full autopsy report released by the state’s medical examiner on Monday (local time) has shed further light on his death.
The bullet caused extensive skull fractures, the report reveals, according to the New York Post.
Police were able to recover “the vast majority of [his] skeleton”, which was “scattered in plain sight”.
Brian Laundrie's bones gnawed on by animals
Forensic authorities said Laundrie’s bones — including his arms and legs — showed signs of “gnawing and chewing”.
“These areas are consistent with carnivores and/or omnivores including canines such as feral dogs and coyotes along with rodents and raccoons,” the report said.
Laundrie’s remains are believed to have been submerged in water at the Florida swamp “for an extended period of time” and were only recovered when it receded, medical examiners said.
No drugs were found in the 23-year-old’s system but several personal items, including his backpack and clothing, were discovered nearby.
Police also found a handwritten note and a bag containing Laundrie’s journal and a wooden box with a notebook and photo of himself, the publication reports.
Police previously said Laundrie claimed responsibility for the murder of his partner Gabby Petito in the notebook.
Ms Petito was reported missing on September 11 after Laundrie returned home from a road trip they embarked on together without her.
A massive search led to the discovery of her body in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 19. An autopsy ruled Ms Petito died from strangulation.
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