Hundreds of Pages Released by FBI on Gabby Petito Case

( – On June 10th, the FBI released 366 pages of law enforcement documents in the Gabby Petito case.

In one of the documents, a two-page handwritten letter, Gabby Petito, 22, attempted to make amends with her fiancé Brian Laundrie, 23, over an unknown issue, urging him to “stop crying.” In the letter, which referenced coming “back from NY,” Petito asks Laundrie to “stop calling me names” and says she loves him “so much it hurts.” She said she was sorry for letting “a dumb piece of paper” upset her. She asked Laundrie to “come home” and to say he loved her by giving her “a big hug.” It appears the letter was written before the two left on their road trip.

Laundrie’s sketches, photographs, and journals, where he mused about suicide and a revolver he kept under his mattress, were among the items released by the FBI, along with internal FBI notes, warrant returns, and police reports from agencies across the country, and pictures of items that belonged to Laundrie and Petito.

The couple was documenting their cross-country road trip in her van on social media when Petito went missing. Her last known sighting was on Aug. 27th in Jackson, Wyoming. Laundrie drove her van back to his parents’ North Port, Florida, house three days after Petito’s last public sighting. Petito’s disappearance gained the attention of many people all over the world after she was reported missing in September 2021.

According to the documents, authorities suspected Laundrie had murdered Petito even before the discovery of her remains in September at the campsite where the couple stayed in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. According to the medical examiner, Petito was strangled.

Authorities then attempted to locate Laundrie, who, on Sept. 14th, 2021, disappeared into a nature preserve near his parents’ home. In October 2021, his body was found in the nature preserve near a journal where he admitted to killing Petito. Laundrie died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Petito, Schmidt, and Laundrie families were not notified about the documents before the release.

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