The FBI released its final update on the Gabby Petito investigation, saying a review of the notebook found near Brian Laundrie‘s remains showed he claimed responsibility for her death.
The Petito family met with the FBI in Tampa since the investigation would be closed in the “near future,” the release issued on Friday stated.
In a recent investigation, the agency said that when Brian Laundrie’s remains were found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, detectives also discovered a backpack, revolver, and notebook.
A review of the notebook revealed written statements by Mr. Laundrie claiming responsibility for Ms. Petito’s death,” the FBI wrote in its release.
“All logical investigate steps have been concluded in this case,” said FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider. “The investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito. The FBI’s primary focus throughout the investigation was to bring justice to Gabby and her family.”
The announcement came one day after Petito’s family returned to Florida to meet with the FBI, roughly four months after their daughter’s murder.
On Thursday, an attorney representing Brian Laundrie’s parents told Fox News Digital that the Laundrie’s and the Petito’s have agreed that the couple’s property will be split once released by law enforcement.
Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11 by family members who said they lost communication with her and were not getting answers from Laundrie’s family. The FBI said it started investigating Sept. 12 and launched a search for Petito. They said a search team found her remains at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area one week later.
Later, a coroner said Petito died of “blunt-force injuries to the head and neck with manual strangulation.”
“While law enforcement investigation all logical leads, the investigation quickly focused on the last person believed to see her alive – Mr. Laundrie,” the FBI said Friday.
Laundrie returned home North Port without Petito on Sept. 1, according to police. According to the FBI, he used Petito’s debit card while he was driving back to Florida from Wyoming. A federal arrest warrant was later issued for Laundrie in connection with the use of her card.
The FBI also revealed Friday that they found several texts sent between Laundrie and Petito’s phone after Petito’s death.
Laundrie was named a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance before her body was found, but was reported missing himself several days later.
After more than a month of searching, the FBI said Laundrie’s remains were found in a Sarasota County nature reserve in October along with a backpack, revolver and notebook. The FBI revealed Friday that Laundrie had written statements in the notebook claiming responsibility for Petito’s death.
A medical examiner later determined Laundrie died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.