NEW Brian Laundrie evidence helped prove he fatally shot himself in the head - and cops may have already found the gun he used, a forensics expert believes.

It's been a long wait for answers after the 24-year-old van-life vlogger was found dead weeks after going missing following the discovery of his murdered fiancee Gabby Petito's body.

APBrian Laundrie shot himself in the head after fleeing his parents home, it's been confirmed '/ '

Petito was found strangled to death in woodland after the couple argued on a camping trip

The suicide revelation comes more than a month after Laundrie's skeletal remains were found in Florida's Carlton Reserve following an exhaustive FBI manhunt for the fugitive.

Attorney Steven Bertolino said Laundrie owned a pistol, and one firearm is missing from the family home after they were told by cops to turn over all their firearms.

But Jennifer Shen, a forensics expert and former director of the San Diego Police Crime Lab, told The Sun she believes the weapon may have already been found by police - and additional evidence led to the cause of death being announced.

...Because the cause of death released was suicide by gunshot wound to the head, it leaves one to believe there is additional evidence proving this,... she said.

...Whether this is a weapon, traced to him, entries in his notebook, or information gleaned from his phone or laptop that would indicate his state of mind, information other than the damage to the skull would be required to conclude this was a suicide. 

...It is likely if a weapon could be recovered, it already has been....

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She went on: ...In order to prove a death is a suicide, there must be a combination of physical evidence from the body itself, and corroborating evidence from the scene, witnesses, electronic devices, etc.

...The combination of the wound to the head and the surrounding physical evidence will allow a medical investigator to determine cause of death.

...In this case, investigators will have been culling through all the evidence found at the recovery site to add insight to the medical examiner and forensic anthropologist's findings....

Asked if she is surprised by the outcome to his autopsy, she replied: ...Absolutely not. It seemed apparent that Brian was not going to be found alive, and the likely cause of death would be suicide....

Both the Laundrie and Petito families had a long wait to find out what happened to Gabby's boyfriend, but Shen says the lengthly process was normal as ...in depth examinations must be done, to include toxicology testing....

...These take some time, even on a pristine body,... she said. ...When a body has been subjected to decomposition and significant weather with adverse conditions, the autopsy becomes more difficult.

...A VERY SAD END'

...Without apparent entry and exit wounds, the ability to track a bullet's path through the tissues of the body, signs to indicate positioning of the body at time of death, or any indication of external damage due to the skeletal nature of the remains, experts are called in to assist.

...In this case, a forensic anthropologist was consulted to examine the damage to the bones/skull and to determine what type of force would have caused the observed damage. This would increase the time for a reported result significantly....

Shen feels it's a ...very sad end to a very sad case,... and believes Laundrie was responsible for Gabby's death - after an autopsy revealed she had been strangled to death before her body was found in a woodland close to the couple's camp site in Wyoming.

They had previously been pulled over by cops in Utah during the cross-country trip following a dispute, and were known to have a tumultuous relationship, according to friends.

Laundrie was the only person of interest in the murder, and was wanting by the FBI for using Gabby's Capital One Bank card and pin code to make unauthorized withdrawals.

Laundrie's remains were found near a notebook and backpack belonging to him on October 20, as his parents searched the Carlton Reserve.

FAMILY'S CLOSURE

He was last seen alive on September 13, when he told his parents that he was going for a hike at the reserve.

Bertolino shared the distraught state of mind Brian was in before he left for the last time.

...I can tell you Brian was very upset when he left,... the attorney explained in the NBC interview.

...(Brian's father) Chris conveyed to me several times he wished he wouldn't have let him go, but he couldn't stop him....

Jennifer Shen told The Sun: ...Domestic violence is a tragedy for all involved and often ends with multiple families destroyed.

...We all must do better to recognize the signs of toxic relationships and to interfere before it is too late. My heart goes out to both families, and to all the people touched by this incredibly sad story....

Facebook / WFLAThe FBI launched a huge manhunt for Laundrie before his skeletal remains were located '/ '

Dr OZGabby Petito's devastated family are still searching for answers '/ '

InstagramLaundrie was the only person of interest in the murder of his girlfriend '/ '

        Brian Laundrie timeline



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                Brian Laundrie has not been seen since the morning of September 13. Here is a timeline of Laundrie's latest whereabouts:                

July 2021: Brian Laundrie and his fiancé Gabby Petito leave for a grip across the country. The couple visit numerous national parks across the way. August 12: Police in Utah respond to an incident involving the couple. The bodycam footage is not released for another month but it shows a visibly upset Gabby talking to police after reports of a domestic violence incident outside a grocery store. August 24: Gabby is seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Laundrie. September 1: Laundrie returns to his home in North Port, Florida without Gabby. September 6: Laundrie joins his family on a camping trip about 75 miles from their home in North Port. September 11: Gabby's family reports her missing. September 13: Laundrie leaves home to go hiking in Carlton Reserve, Florida. His family had initially said he departed on September 14, but revised their timeline weeks later. September 15: Laundrie is named a person of interest in the case of Gabby. September 16: Bodycam footage is released regarding the incident between Gabby and Laundrie. September 19: The FBI announces a body found at a Wyoming national park is believed to be that of Gabby's. September 23: The FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie's arrest claiming he ...used unauthorized debit cards after Gabby Petito's death.... September 26: A funeral is held for Gabby in New York. September 27: Dog the Bounty Hunter announces he will lend a hand and help search for Laundrie. September 28: Gabby's family held an emotional press conference as the search for Laundrie continued. October 5: Laundrie's sister, Cassie, appeared on Good Morning America and urged her brother to come forward. October 7: Laundrie's father, Chris Laundrie, assisted law enforcement in the search to find his son. 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 near the Myakkahatchee Creek Park trail in Florida. The medical examiner was called to the scene to investigate. October 21: Reports stated the human remains found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park were bones. October 21: The FBI confirmed the remains found have been identified as Laundrie's.

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