Brian Laundrie admitted killing Gabby Petito, the FBI has revealed.
In a final update on the tragic case on Friday, federal investigators confirmed that inside the notebook found with his remains were “written statements by Mr. Laundrie claiming responsibility for Ms. Petito’s death.”
On Thursday, Gabby’s family met with FBI agents at the Tampa Field Office as they prepared to formally close the investigation.
“All logical investigative 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 public’s role in helping us in this endeavor was invaluable as the investigation was covered in the media around the world.”
“On behalf of the FBI, I want to express my deepest appreciation to the public for the thousands of tips that were provided during the investigation, and to our local, state and federal law enforcement partners for their work throughout the investigation.”
The FBI opened its investigation into Gabby’s disappearance on September 12, 2021, after her family reported her missing.
Working with federal, state and local officials, they organized a search of a remote area within the Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Exactly one week later — approximately three weeks after her last known communication — search teams finally located her body at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area, near where she and Laundrie had been seen together.
The Teton County Coroner’s Office subsequently concluded Gabby had died of “blunt-force injuries to the head and neck, with manual strangulation.”
The investigation quickly focused on the last person believed to see her alive — her missing fiancé.
As part of its final update to the case, the FBI released a timeline of the investigation:
The FBI thanked all the law enforcement agencies involved in the massive investigation, including the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Teton County Sheriff’s Office, Teton County Search and Rescue, Jackson Police Department, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Northport Police Department, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Sarasota Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.