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TAMPA FL. – Exclusive: The first public glimpse at a confession Brian Laundrie left behind in a notebook in Florida’s swamp, where he committed suicide last year, reveals his final words.
The note reads “I ended her live,” and it was recovered by the FBI from the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in October 2021. “I thought it was kind, that she wanted it, but now I realize all the mistakes. I panicked. I was stunned.”
Laundrie claimed that Petito was killed after Petito said she had injured herself in a fall in Wyoming. He wrote, “From the moment that I decided to take away her pain, it was clear that I couldn’t continue without her.”
On Friday, Petito-Schmidt attorneys and Laundrie family lawyers met at the FBI’s Tampa Field Office. Fox News Digital obtained copies of notes Laundrie wrote before he took his life.
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Brian Laundrie’s eight-page note.
Petito’s attorney, Patrick Reilly, said outside the FBI building that he couldn’t comment Friday. Richard Stafford, the family’s co-counsel would not respond immediately.
The notebook says, “Please don’t make my life more difficult for my family.” This is the most beautiful girl in all of humanity. Gabby, I’m sorry.”
He wrote earlier in the note: “I am sorry for my family. They are also shocked by this.
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Fox News Digital followed Laundrie’s parents into the park in the morning of October 20, 2021. There they met a North Port detective as well as a member the FBI. They then set out into the swamp to see where their son disappeared weeks before. Floodwaters had impeded extensive searches until then.
Christopher Laundrie found a dry bag which later turned out belonged to his son. The confession was found in a notebook that the FBI had taken that morning.
After their son’s partial remains were discovered by investigators on October 20, 2021, the Laundrie family discussed their findings with a North Port Police detective. They also discovered a drybag (pictured in the right hand of the detective) and other items. (Fox News Digital/Michael Ruiz)
Fox News Digital’s Steve Bertolino, Laundrie family attorney, said that Patrick Reilly, Petito family attorney and I met with the FBI Tampa to sort through and seize the personal belongings of Gabby and Brian. “As part this return of property under FBI custody, I was given Brian’s notebook and I have handed [the] same over] to Chris and Roberta Laundrie.”
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In January, the FBI announced that they discovered Brian Laundrie’s confession inside the notebook. The notebook had been submerged for approximately five weeks.
This combination of photos taken by FBI Denver via @FBIDenver depicts Gabby Petito. Petito, 22 years old, vanished on a cross-country journey in a converted camper van she was driving with her boyfriend. (FBI Denver via AP)
Gabby Petito is thought to have been murdered around Aug. 28. On Sept. 19, her remains were discovered in Bridger-Teton National Forest by an FBI-led search. Her death was ruled a murder by manual strangulation, and blunt force trauma to the head or neck.
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Brian Laundrie was found returning home to North Port, Florida on September 1, according to police. They cited a license plate reader recording that showed her van coming into the town. In an effort to hide the crime, he sent Petito fake texts and took her debit card.
The Laundries stayed at Fort De Soto Park in St. Petersburg and did not speak publicly about Petito’s disappearance.
Finally, Petito’s mother Nichole Schmidt reported Petito missing to police on September 11th in her hometown in Long Island in New York. They reached out to North Port police who knocked at the Laundries’ doors and received silence.
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Pinellas County Parks records indicate that Roberta Laundrie checked in to this campsite at Fort De Soto Park on September 6, 2021. (Fox News Digital/Michael Ruiz)
Brian Laundrie, a hidden surveillance camera set up around his home, managed to sneak out into the swamp on Sept. 13. This was his last sighting alive.
Later, his father voluntarily gave the guns to the FBI. He said that one of the guns might have been missing. Investigators located a revolver close to Brian Laundrie’s skeletal remains.
Petito was also found nearby with a water bottle and other items.