How Brian Laundrie autopsy may solve 7 unanswered questions from mysterious notebook to a possible suicide and drug use

BRIAN Laundrie's autopsy report is set to be released as early as today, his family lawyer has told The Sun.

The vlogger's remains were found in Florida's Myakkahatchee Creek Park on October 20.

That came a month after his fiance Gabby Petito was found strangled to death at a campsite in Wyoming.

Laundrie was named as a person of interest in Gabby's death after she was last seen alive on August 27 during the couple's cross country road trip.

With the release of Brian's cause of death some of the unanswered questions from the case which shocked America may finally be solved.

Here The Sun examines the seven biggest mysteries surrounding the deaths of the couple.


Following a weeks-long search through Myakkahatchee and the nearby Carlton Reserve for Brian, the fugitive's bones were found inside the alligator-infested parks, but questions still remain on how he died.

The location where Brian's remains were eventually found had previously been submerged in four feet of storm waters for more than a month.

The advanced state of decomposition that his remains were found in means that they were likely feasted on by gators and other local wildlife, as five weeks wouldn't be long enough for a body to decompose that much naturally, experts told The Sun.

A cause, manner, and date of death have not yet been determined.


When asked what detectives should specifically be looking for, Tom Joyce, a retired homicide detective with the NYPD, told The Sun they may recover items potentially linked to Brian's cause of death.

"In my honest opinion, it’s most likely that Brian killed himself. But how did he?" he said.

Joyce continued: "Did he take a bunch of pills with him? What was found in those bags? Was there any vessels that he carried the contraband with him to kill? Did he slice his throat? Did he slice his wrists and bleed out?

"Did he commit suicide via firearms? In which case you would have a gun on the scene and cartridge cases. 

"The water situation makes that problematic, so lower levels inside the park may help to uncover evidence that helps to answer one of the many questions still surrounding the case."


Sleuths have speculated drugs may be involved in the Gabby Petito case after it emerged the couple sold merchandise emblazoned with the words "too high".

Sweaters and hats with the reference were listed on the tragic vlogger's depop site.

Dr. Erin Kimmerle, a forensic anthropologist based in South Florida, also told The Sun that Laundrie may have died of a drug overdose.

"If there is soft tissue available for toxicology that could be insightful in cases of a drug overdose," she said.


A backpack and notebook belonging to Brian were found by police near human remains at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, near the Calton Reserve.

Brian was pictured with notebooks while traveling with Gabby.

The contents inside the notebook are not yet known, but internet sleuths appear convinced that the 23-year-old’s journal will provide clues into his fiancée’s disappearance and death.

Neama Rahmani, a former assistant US Attorney and the current president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, told The Sun the notebook and bag will be "crucial evidence" in helping to solve Gabby's murder.

Meanwhile, Criminologist Casey Jordan said a notebook “pointed to the possibility” of a suicide note, 7News reports.

Web sleuths previously claimed to unearth a series of "demonic artworks" on Brian's social media, alleging the drawings could offer potential insight into Brian's state of mind.

A friend of Brian's told The Sun in an exclusive interview that the notebook could contain clues to solve Gabby's death, whom a medical coroner determined had died due to strangulation.


Brian's dad, Chris Laundrie, found a white plastic bag containing some of his son's items in a patch of bushes next to a trail.

Former assistant US Attorney  Rahmani had told The Sun: "Law enforcement found a backpack and notebook, that’s key evidence."

He added: It’s certainly likely that those human remains they found belong to Brian Laundrie, unless he was trying to plant evidence next to someone else’s remains to throw law enforcement off his tracks.

“If it's Brian Laundrie's remains, one of two things happened: He was either killed by an animal or a person or he killed himself. If he killed himself, it’s much more likely that he wrote something in the notebook about Gabby."


Brian's tattoos may prove that the human leg found by a Florida kayaker belongs to Gabby Petitio's fiancé, web sleuths have claimed.

The limb was found floating in McKay Bay earlier this month, fuelling unconfirmed rumors that it belonged to the dead fugitive – but a leg tattoo could hold the answer.

Cops say the inking found on the lower right calf of the disembodied leg shows three hearts displaying the names Sean, Greg, and Zach.

It’s not known who the body part belonged to, and coroners haven’t established a cause of death.

Investigators have urged people who may recognize the artwork or might know anything to come forward as they continue their investigation.

Ruben Delgado, interim Tampa police chief, said: “If you saw something that you thought was suspicious in and around this area, we’d like for someone to call us. Come forward and give us a bit of information you have.”

It's not believed that Laundrie ever had a tattoo matching the description of the one found on the mysterious floating leg and there are some who believe that he has nothing to do with the situation.


It is unknown why the Laundrie family went on a camping trip shortly after Brian returned home without his fiance.

The Laundries apparently went camping when their son returned with the van and without Gabby – but their family attorney Steven Bertolino told News Nation Now's Brian Entin he "didn't know" if Brian's sister Cassie was with her parents and brother on this trip.

Pinellas County records revealed that Laundrie's mom Roberta checked into a campsite at the park from September 6 to 8 – days before Gabby was reported missing by her family on the 11th.

"I talked to the police the second they called," Cassie told ABC. "I called them right back. We were in Orlando on vacation with my kids at Disney and we came back to this."

It is also unknown why the Laundries “didn’t return" Gabby's mom's texts as she desperately wanted to find her daughter.

Nichole Schmidt says she tried to communicate with Chris and Roberta Laundrie after she lost contact with Gabby in late August.

It’s not known if the Laundries’ deliberately ignored the texts and calls.

Additionally, Brian's parents Chris and Roberta have been accused of "suspicious" behavior after they changed the timeline of their son's disappearance and refused to make a public plea for him to turn himself in.

Brian's parents reported him missing on September 17 after they claimed he told them he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve.

In the initial missing person's report, the couple said the last time they saw their son was on September 14.

However, they later changed their tune to say that Brian left for his trip on September 13.

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