BRIAN Laundrie was confirmed dead last year, after his skeletal remains were found at a Florida reserve and were later identified as YouTuber Gabby Petito's fugitive fiance.
What did Brian Laundrie's notebook say?
Neama Rahmani, a former assistant US Attorney and the current president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, previously told The Sun the notebook and bag would be "crucial evidence" in understanding Gabby's murder.
"Law enforcement found a backpack and notebook, that’s key evidence. It’s certainly likely that those human remains they found belong to Brian Laundrie unless he was trying to plant evidence next to someone else’s remains to throw law enforcement off his tracks," Rahmani said.
“If it's Brian Laundrie's remains, one of two things happened: He was either killed by an animal or a person or he killed himself."
According to a picture from the journal, which The Sun obtained from Fox News Digital, Laundrie wrote that Gabby was dealing with some sort of injury and would "wake in pain".
He wrote that he "ended her life, mercifully" because that was "what she wanted."
"She would wake in pain, start her whole painful cycle again, while furious that I was the one waking her," he wrote.
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"She wouldn't let me try to cross the creek, thought like me that the fire would go out in her sleep, and she'd freeze."
Where was the notebook found?
The notebook and remains were found by police next to a backpack belonging to Laundrie at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, near the Calton Reserve, during a brief search with the missing 23-year-old's parents.
The discovery was made shortly after Brian's dad, Chris Laundrie, found a white plastic bag containing some of his son's items in a patch of bushes next to a trail.
Laundrie was pictured with notebooks while traveling with Gabby Petito.
In one photo, Brian was tucked under some blankets next to a stream and appeared to be relaxing in a hammock while they explored the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.
A green spiraled notebook was seen stacked on top of a paperback edition of Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk with a handful of fine point ink pens.
And, during their ill-fated cross-country road trip, an orange notebook can be seen inside a tent while the young couple was camping at Zion National Park, Utah.
Other notebooks appear to be shelved inside Gabby's immaculately decorated 2012 Ford Transit Connect van's interior.
How did Brian Laundrie die?
Brian Laundrie’s cause of death was from a gunshot wound to the head, and his manner of death was suicide.
The Laundrie family lawyer released a statement at the time that read: "Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide.
The FBI released a statement after it was confirmed on October 21 that the human remains found in the search for Brian were bones.
The statement read: "On October 21, 2021, a comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found at the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve and the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are those of Brian Laundrie."
The family lawyer, Steven Bertolino confirmed that Brian's parents were informed of the finding, saying: "Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the remains found yesterday in the reserve are indeed Brian’s.
What has the FBI said about Gabby Petito's case?
The FBI said on Friday, January 21, 2022, that it has concluded its investigation into Gabby Petito's killing and the following suicide of Laundrie.
“All logical investigative steps have been concluded in this case,” said FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider in a statement.
“The investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito.
"The FBI’s primary focus throughout the investigation was to bring justice to Gabby and her family.
"The public’s role in helping us in this endeavor was invaluable as the investigation was covered in the media around the world.
"On behalf of the FBI, I want to express my deepest appreciation to the public for the thousands of tips that were provided during the investigation, and to our local, state and federal law enforcement partners for their work throughout the investigation.”