Florida medical examiner reports Brian Laundrie shot himself, was then eaten by animals

It’s been roughly four months since Brian Laundrie’s remains were discovered in an environmental park after a massive, nationwide manhunt led by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

According to Fox News, the Florida medical examiner in charge of Laundrie’s body revealed a number of disturbing details, revealing that Laundrie met his end by shooting himself in the head, only to then have wild animals consume parts of his body. 

The gruesome, 47-page report was made public on Monday by Florida’s District Twelve Medical Examiner.

In addition to discovering Laundrie’s remains late last year, authorities also discovered a “handwritten half-note,” but it wasn’t yet made clear what the note said.

What’s going on?

The circumstances that finally led to Laundrie’s discovery were murky, as his remains were found at Sarasota County’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park shortly after law enforcement officials brought Laundrie’s parents to the area.

The area of discovery was roughly one mile from the entrance to the environmental park.

In addition to a backpack and a few other miscellaneous items belonging to Laundrie, authorities also found a handgun that contained two live rounds, with one round casing, presumably from his own kill shot, discovered on the ground.

The medical examiner noted that the single bullet that killed Laundrie entered “the left temporal cranium and exiting the right middle inferior parietal cranium just above the temporal bone.”

“Most of the distal long bones have moderately extensive carnivore activity evidenced by multiple gouging and gnawing marks … consistent with carnivores and/or omnivores including canines such as feral dogs and coyotes along with rodents and raccoons,” the examiner added.


Laundrie, who was a person of interest in the murder of his fiancee, Gabby Petito, originally left with Petito on a nationwide tour of America’s national parks. They departed in mid-June last year, but Laundrie would eventually return to his parent’s North Port, Florida home without Petito.

It was on Sept. 11 that Petito’s mother contacted authorities to report her daughter as missing, and that call ultimately led to one of the most captivating missing person cases in recent memory.

Unfortunately for her family, Petito’s lifeless body was discovered on Sept. 19 in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, and authorities quickly confirmed that she had died by homicide.

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