Police reveal Brian Laundrie's likely cause of death

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Police have confirmed how Brian Laundrie likely died after his remains were found at a nature reserve.

Mr Laundrie’s skeletal remains were found not far from his family’s home in North Port, Florida, and were identified using dental records, according to the FBI.

He was the subject of a manhunt for more than a month as investigators searched for clues in the slaying of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, during their cross-country van trip together.

Brian Laundrie, 23, is pictured.
Brian Laundrie, 23, took his own life, according to local police. Source: CNBC TV

Ms Petito, 22, was discovered slain last month on the edge of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, one of the places the young couple had visited on the trip they documented through social media videos.

Brian Laundrie 'probably' took his own life

Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt Hoffman said on Friday he believes Mr Laundrie took his own life.

“That guy went out there and by all accounts probably committed suicide and he was right out there where we thought he was,” he said, according to a report in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Ms Petito’s death was determined to be strangulation and ruled a homicide.

Crews search through forest in Florida.
Crews search for signs of Mr Laundrie. Source: Fox 13

Just last week, the Laundrie family lawyer Steve Bertolino said the remains had been sent to an anthropologist after there was difficulty determining the cause of death.

No information has yet been released on what investigators found in a backpack and notebook found with Mr Laundrie’s remains.

Mr Laundrie told his parents on September 13 he was headed to the Carlton Reserve park in Sarasota County. That was the last publicly known contact anyone had with him.

with The Associated Press

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