The FBI’s final update on the investigation into the tragic death of Gabby Petito, including new information clarifying Brian Laundrie’s involvement. In a January 21 FBI press release, FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said, “The investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito.” Of course, many assumed that Laundrie was responsible for the murder — but there was always a lingering what if, as the FBI had only named him as a suspect during the investigation.
Then there was the question of Laundrie’s notebook, which was recovered with his remains. At the time, the FBI didn’t reveal whether it contained useful info, but in the new press release, the FBI specified the item contained “written statements by Mr. Laundrie claiming responsibility for Ms. Petito’s death.” That now clears up whether Laundrie had confessed to the homicide at any point. Another question many focused on was whether Petito had sent any text messages around the time of her disappearance. The FBI statement noted, “After Ms. Petito’s death, there were several text messages identified between Mr. Laundrie’s telephone and Ms. Petito’s telephone. The timing and content of these messages are indicative of Mr. Laundrie attempting to deceive law enforcement by giving the impression that Ms. Petito was still alive.”
The FBI noted the “investigation will be closed in the near future,” as the timeline and corresponding events are now clear.