The United States Attorney’s Office has announced that the investigation into the death of Gabby Petito is ongoing in order to determine if any additional individuals will be charged.
The final autopsy results were released for Brian Laundrie. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide.
Laundrie was the only suspect in the death of his girlfriend Gabby Petito, whose remains were discovered in a Wyoming campground on Sept. 19.
In response, attorney Richard Stafford said, “Gabby’s family will not be making a statement at this time due to the request of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Teton County Prosecutor’s Office.”
“The family was asked to not make any comments and let the FBI continue their investigation,” he added.
“The family was also asked to wait for the United States Attorney’s Office to make a determination on whether any additional individuals will be charged,” he said.
One gun from the family’s collection of weapons was reportedly missing at the time they surrendered their guns to police.
“It’s unclear whether the missing gun is the one Laundrie used to kill himself,” according to reports. “It’s also unclear whether there was a gun among Laundrie’s belongings next to where he was found.”
The couple took a cross-country trip, but Laundrie returned home in her van without her on Sept. 1. Petito’s mother reported her daughter missing.
Petito’s death was ruled a homicide by manual strangulation.
A massive FBI-led manhunt was on the search for Laundrie.
Family attorney Steve Bertolino explained, “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.”
“Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families.”
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Former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani speculated to Fox News what the Petito family statement could mean in relation to Laundrie’s parents.
“Their son returned without his fiancée, and they didn’t report Gabby missing,” Rahmani said. “If they helped Brian escape law enforcement by giving him a head start, they can be charged with being accessories after the fact to murder.”
Laundrie’s parents also could face charges if they lied to law enforcement, he said.
“Their eventually leading agents to Brian’s remains makes charges less likely, but what the Laundrie parents told law enforcement, and when, is key to any prosecution decision,” Rahmani said.
Mark O’Mara, a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, has said charges against the parents would be hard to make stand up in court, according to WFLA-TV.
“All of the criminal charges are going to be extraordinarily difficult to prove for the government,” O’Mara said. “One, they don’t have Brian’s testimony. If he’s passed, obviously, and [the] Laundries themselves are not going to testify about what they knew or didn’t know.