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TAMPA, Florida. – EXCLUSIVE: The first public glimpse of a confession Brian Laundrie left in a notebook in the Florida swamp where he killed himself last year reveals his final words.
“I ended her life,” reads the note the FBI recovered from Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on October 20, 2021. “I thought that was merciful, that was what she wanted, but now I see all the mistakes I have I panicked I was in shock.
Laundrie wrote that he killed Petito after he claimed she injured herself falling 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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Patrick Reilly, an attorney representing Petito’s family, told Fox News Digital outside the FBI building that he could not comment on Friday. The family’s co-lawyer, Richard Stafford, did not immediately respond.
“Please don’t make life harder for my family,” the notebook states, “They have lost a son 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] a terrible greif (sic).”
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Fox News Digital followed Laundrie’s parents to the park on the morning of October 20, 2021, when they encountered a North Port detective and an FBI member and drove into the swamp to see where they believed their son had gone missing. . weeks earlier. 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.”
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The FBI revealed in January that investigators had found Brian Laundrie’s confession in the notebook, which had been under water 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. Investigators have ruled his death a homicide by manual strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head. and the neck.
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Brian Laundrie returned to his parents’ home in North Port, Fla., on Sept. 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.
Laundries went camping on the beach at Fort De Soto Park, south of St. Petersburg, and said nothing publicly about Petito’s disappearance.
Finally, on September 11, Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, reported him missing to police in her hometown of 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.
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Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.