Gabby Petito’s family said they were waiting to see if other people were charged with the murder of their daughter, after it was reported that the suspect in her death had shot himself in the head.
An attorney for the Laundrie family, whose body was found in a Florida nature reserve last month, said a post-mortem examination concluded the 24-year-old died after shooting himself in the head with a gun.
Laundrie had been named as a “person of interest” by the FBI in the disappearance and murder of the 22-year-old woman, whose case has garnered worldwide attention.
Yet no formal charges have ever been brought against him or anyone else.
On Tuesday, the family of the young woman, originally from Long Island, New York, said they had been asked not to comment on the latest FBI developments, as it continued its investigation into the ‘case.
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“The Schmidt and Petito family were aware of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the sole suspect in Gabby’s murder,” said a statement provided to The Independent by a family friend.
“Gabby’s family will not make a statement at this time due to the request from the United States Attorney’s Office and the Teton County District Attorney’s Office.”
The statement added: “The family has been asked not to comment and to let the FBI continue its investigation and allow the US prosecutor’s office to determine if other people will be charged. “
Laundrie’s suspected remains were found on October 20 on the Carlton Reservation in Florida, near the home he and Ms Petito shared in North Port. The next day, officials confirmed they belonged to the young man, who had left with the young woman in a white Ford Transit van, intending to visit some of the US national parks.
When he and the van returned, but there was no sign of the young woman, her parents alerted the authorities. Just a week later, on September 19, his remains were found at the Spread Creek Campground, 20 miles north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was located in Grand Teton National Park.
A subsequent examination confirmed that the remains were those of the young woman and that she had died as a result of a homicide. Further tests showed that she had been strangled to death.
A statement issued by Steven Bertolino, lawyer for Laundrie’s parents Chris and Roberta, said: “Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been advised that the cause of death was a gunshot wound … and the type of death was suicide. “
He added: “Chris and Roberta still mourn the loss of their son and hope these discoveries will end both families.”
There was no immediate comment from the FBI.
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