Brian Laundrie, the only person of interest in the death of his fiancee Gabby Petito, died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to an official autopsy announcement on Tuesday, Nov. 23.
The manner of death has been ruled suicide, the report added.
The findings came about more than a month after skeletal remains of Laundrie, 23, were discovered in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park next to the Carlton Reserve on Oct. 20. By then he had been missing for five weeks.
An initial autopsy had failed to uncover the details of his last moments as his remains had been submerged underwater for a long period before they were found. The latest findings were discovered after a forensic anthropologist became involved.
Steven Bertolino, attorney for the Laundrie family, also released a statement about the young man’s cause of death, noting that his parents have been informed.
“Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families,” Bertolino said, as quoted by ABC Australia.
Laundrie was the last person to have accompanied his fiancee, 22-year-old Gabby Petito, on a field trip before returning to Florida alone on Sept. 1.
Her body was discovered on Sept. 19, six days after Laundrie headed for the Carlton Reserve and never returned. A coroner later said she died of manual strangulation, and her death was ruled a homicide.
Investigators are still looking at what had gone on between the pair that resulted in tragedy for two families.
“We are thankful that another step in finalizing this case has been taken,” North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison said in a statement Tuesday, per NBC News.
“While this entire situation evokes nothing but sadness, we’re hopeful that all the work which went into the chaotic search for answers will help heal those impacted,” he continued.