TAMPA, Florida. – The first public glimpse of a confession that Brian Laundrie left in a notebook of the Florida Swamp where he committed suicide last year reveals his last words.
“I ended his life,” reads the note, which the FBI recovered from Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on October 20, 2021. “I thought it was merciful, it was what she wanted, but now I see all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was in shock.”
Laundrie wrote that he chose to end Petito’s life after she was injured in a fall in Wyoming. He also wrote, “From the moment I decided to take her pain away, I knew I couldn’t go on without her.”
On Friday, attorneys representing the Petito-Schmidt and Laundrie families met at the FBI’s Tampa field office. Fox News Digital obtained copies of the notes Laundrie scribbled before killing herself.
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“Please don’t make life harder for my family,” the notebook states, “they have lost a son, a daughter, and a daughter – the most wonderful daughter in the world. Gabby, I’m sorry. “
Earlier in the note, he wrote: “I am sorry for my family. It is also a shock for them [as] terrible grief (sic).”
Part of the notebook that Brian Laundrie left behind. (Michael Ruiz/Fox News Digital)
Fox News Digital followed Laundrie’s parents to the park that morning, where they met a North Port detective and an FBI member and drove to the swamp to see where they believed their son had gone missing weeks earlier. early. Extensive research had been hampered by floodwaters up to that time.
Christopher Laundrie came across a dry bag which later turned out to belong to his son. A notebook collected by the FBI that morning contained the confession.
“Today Petito family attorney Patrick Reilly and I met with the FBI in Tampa to sort and take possession of personal items that belonged to Gabby and Brian,” the family attorney said. Laundrie, Steve Bertolino, at Fox News Digital on Friday. “As part of this restitution of property in FBI custody, I was given Brian’s notebook and I shot [the] same for Chris and Roberta Laundrie.”
Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, also attended the Tampa reunion.
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The FBI revealed in January that investigators found Brian Laundrie’s confession in the notebook, which had been underwater for about five weeks.
Gabby Petito was reportedly killed around August 28. An FBI-led search discovered his remains in the Bridger-Teton National Forest on September 19. A Wyoming coroner ruled her death a homicide by strangulation.
Read the text of the full note below (mobile users: click here to read)
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Brian Laundrie went home to his parents in North Port, Fla., on September 1, police said, citing a license plate reader recording from his van driving around town. According to the FBI, he also sent fake text messages from Petito’s phone in an attempt to cover up the crime and stole his debit card.
The Laundries went camping on the beach at Fort De Soto Parksouth of St. Petersburg, and has said nothing publicly about Petito’s disappearance.
Finally, on September 11, Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, reported him missing to the police in his hometown. on Long Island in New York. They contacted North Port police, who knocked on the door of the laundries, where they were met with silence.
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On September 13, Brian Laundrie snuck into the swamp, despite hidden surveillance cameras set up around his house. This was the last time he was seen alive.
Later, her father voluntarily turned over the family guns to the FBI and said that one might be missing. Investigators found a gun near the skeletal remains of Brian Laundrie in the swamp.
There was also a water bottle nearby that probably belonged to Petito and other items belonging to the couple.
Bertolino said he was sharing the contents of the note “for the sake of transparency.”
“I will not comment further as proceedings are still ongoing in court,” he said.
Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.
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