NEW YORK (Dagbladet): Petito was on a trip across the United States with Laundrie when she disappeared. On September 19, she was found dead in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. According to the forensic pathologist, she had been killed three weeks earlier.
Ever since the disappearance, Laundrie has been considered the main suspect. On Friday, the FBI went with information that he actually admitted the murder in a diary entry, according to several American media, including AP and CNN.
Investigators also say Laundrie sent text messages between her and Petito’s phones to trick people into believing that Petito was still alive after he killed her in late August.
– All logical investigative steps have been completed in this case. The investigation has not identified any individuals other than Brian Laundrie with direct involvement in the tragic death of Gabby Petito, said FBI agent in the Denver, Michael Schneider, in a press release.
Laundrie returned to Florida in early September. Shortly afterwards, he too disappeared.
In October, his parents found an object belonging to him in a nature reserve near their home. The body of Laundrie was later found, and investigators concluded that he had taken his own life.
Stopped by the police
The couple was last observed together in Grand Teton during the trip together by car across the United States. Then suddenly Laundrie appeared home alone.
The couple documented the trip on Instagram, and the disappearance made headlines.
On August 12, they were stopped by police near Moab in Utah after a loud quarrel. The police video from the incident shows how Petito is upset and tells how the quarrel has escalated.
Police concluded that Petito had been the aggressive one. They also decided to separate the couple for one night, but no one was reviewed.
In the previous came according to the AP a report where Utah police were criticized for not fining Petito after she told police she had beaten Laundrie first.
At the same time, it appears that Petito was probably the real victim in the relationship. Investigators were also criticized for not receiving a testimony from a caller to police who reported that he saw the couple outside their car, and that he saw a man beating a woman.
– We’re really grateful for the FBI’s thorough and painstaking efforts in this extremely complicated case. The quality and quantity of facts and information, collected by the FBI, leaves no doubt that Brian killed Gabby, the Petito family’s lawyer said in a statement, according to CNN.