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MORAN, WY - SEPTEMBER 19: A sign leads the way to Spread Creek Campground on September 19, 2021 near Moran, Wyoming. Law enforcement searching the area for missing person Gabby Petito found an unidentified body on Sunday. Petito went missing while on a cross-country trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie. She has not been seen or heard from since late August. Police said no criminality is suspected at this time but Laundrie has refused to speak with law enforcement. Laundrie has been identified as a person of interest.  (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
All The Chilling Details Found In Brian Laundrie's Notebook Confession
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This story contains discussions of domestic abuse and suicide.
In September 2021, the remains of social media celebrity Gabby Petito were discovered in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest. A month later, the body of her boyfriend Brian Laundrie — who had been a person of interest in her disappearance — was discovered in Florida’s Carlton Reserve, alongside a notebook and other belongings.
In the notebook, Laundrie confessed to killing Petito, claiming that she had fallen into a creek and that he had mercy killed her while in shock. He wrote apologies to her and his family, and also expressed the intent to take his own life: "From the moment I decided, took away her pain, I knew I couldn't go on without her."
Gabby Petito was 22 when she was murdered, and Laundrie was 23 when he died from what was later confirmed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. As of now, the case is closed, though criminal profiler and psychotherapist John Kelly has called Laundrie's version of events "farcical."