Gabby Petito murder: Brian Laundrie’s notebook confession revealed, ‘I ended her life’
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TAMPA, Fla. – Exclusive: The first public glimpse of the confession Brian Laundrie left in a notebook in the Florida swamp in which he committed suicide the year before reveals his last words.
“I ended her life,” is the message that the FBI took in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in October. 20 the 20th of October, 2021. “I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I see now all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was in shock.”
Laundrie said the killer was Petito when he said she injured herself after falling in Wyoming. He added: “From the moment I decided, took away her pain, I knew I couldn’t go on without her.”
Attorneys representing the Petito and Laundrie families attended a meeting at the FBI’s Tampa Field Office on Friday. Fox News Digital obtained copies of the notes written by Laundrie before he decided to take himself to death.
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SEE IMAGES OF THE NOTE LEFT BEHIND:
A small portion of the notes that Brian Laundrie left. (Fox News Digital/Michael Ruiz)
Patrick Reilly, an attorney representing the family of Petito, told Fox News Digital outside the FBI building that he was unable to not discuss the matter on Friday. Co-counsel for the family, Richard Stafford, would not respond immediately.
“Please do not make life harder for my family,” the notepad says “They lost one son and one daughter. The most beautiful girl ever. Gabby Sorry.”
In the first paragraph of the note in the note, he writes: “I am sorry to my family. This is a shock to them as well [as] terrible grief (sic).”
READ A TYPED VERSION OF THE NOTE HERE:
Fox News Digital tailed Laundrie’s parents to the park in the early morning of October. 20, 2021 where they met a North Port detective and a part of the FBI and walked out into the swamp for the location they believed their son’s disappearance had occurred and had been missing for weeks before. The extensive search had been hampered by flooding up until this moment.
Christopher Laundrie stumbled across a dry bag, which later proved to be belonging to his child. A notebook that was retrieved by the FBI in the morning included the confession.
The Laundry parents share their findings with a North Port Police detective shortly after the detectives discovered the remains of their son on the 20th of October. 20 20, 2021. They also discovered an empty dry bag, which was pictured in the hand of the detective as well as other items. (Fox News Digital/Michael Ruiz)
“Today the Petito family attorney, Patrick Reilly, and myself met with the FBI in Tampa to sort through and take possession of the personal items that belonged to Gabby and Brian,” Laundrie lawyer Steve Bertolino told Fox News Digital Friday. “As part of this return of property in FBI custody I was given Brian’s notebook and I have turned [the] same over to Chris and Roberta Laundrie.”
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The FBI announced in January that they discovered Brian Laundrie’s confession within the diary that had been buried for five weeks.
The photos shared through FBI Denver via @FBIDenver shows Gabby Petito. Petito was 22 and disappeared while traveling across the country in a converted campervan along with her partner. (FBI Denver via AP)
Gabby Petito has been believed to have died in the early hours of Aug. 28. An FBI-led search found bodies within the Bridger-Teton National Forest on Sept. 19. and The investigation concluded that her death was to be a murder by strangulation, as well as injuries to the neck and head.
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In September, Brian Laundrie returned home to his parents in North Port, Florida. 1st, police said they had the license plate reader’s recording of her vehicle swerving through town. In words, the FBI, also said he made fake texts from Petito’s cell phone to conceal the crime, and he also stole credit card details from her.
The Laundries were camping along the shoreline in Fort De Soto Park located just south of St. Petersburg and didn’t mention Petito’s disappearance in public.
Then, in September. 11th, Petito’s mother Nichole Schmidt reported that she was missing to the police in her hometown located on Long Island in New York. They called North Port police, who called the Laundries’ door and were met with silence.
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Pinellas County Parks records show Roberta Laundrie checked into this campsite in the Fort De Soto Park on September. 6 and 2021. (Fox News Digital/Michael Ruiz)
On September. 13 Brian Laundrie snuck out into the swamp, despite hiding surveillance cameras that were set up in his home. It was his last chance Brian Laundrie was seen alive.
His father later agreed to turn over the guns of his family in the hands of the FBI and suggested that one could be missing. Investigators located a revolver near Brian Laundrie’s bones within the swamp.
A water bottle that was likely to be belonging to Petito along with other belongings to the couple.
Right: Brian Laundrie on police bodycam footage from Moab, Utah. Right attorney Steve Bertolino sits for an interview with Fox News Digital. (North Port Police/Stephanie Pagones/Fox News Digital)
Bertolino stated that he shared the notes’ contents “as a matter of transparency.”
“I will not be commenting further as there are still proceedings pending in court,” the judge said.