The FBI is facing backlash after 'hiding' the fact that Brain Laundrie, the fiancé of murdered hiker Gabby Petito, had a gun and should have been considered 'armed and dangerous' as the nation searched for him.
Laundrie, 23, was reported to have died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, his lawyer Steve Bertolino said on Tuesday.
Bertolino, told DailyMail.com that one of the family's guns was missing when Laundrie vanished, but that they kept it secret because they didn't want the public to panic. It remains unclear where the gun is now.
'We didn’t want the public going into a frenzy on that. I don’t think they considered him dangerous to anybody he met on the street,' Bertolino said.
A gun was hanging in his bedroom in photos taken by a real estate website before he vanished.
For weeks, the FBI declined to answer questions regarding if Laundrie should be considering 'armed and dangerous.'
The public is now expressing fury toward the FBI for withholding the information, with some questioning 'What is the FBI hiding?' and 'Why do we even have an FBI?'
One user, who goes by Tessarossa on Twitter, said: 'Wow. I saw the update on the news and this blatantly obvious question didn’t even occur to me. None of this makes sense. What is the FBI hiding?'
Brian Laundrie, the fiancé of murdered hiker Gabby Petito, died of a single gunshot wound to the head, his autopsy has revealed. He is shown in police bodycam footage in August, during his trip with Petito
The FBI is now facing backlash after 'hiding' that Laundrie was 'armed and dangerous,' knowing the public was assisting in the search for him. Many people claimed to have had encounters with Laundrie
Another user questioned: 'Why do we even have an FBI? During the entire search for Brian Laundrie, not once was the public warned that he may be armed!'
Others questioned why authorities did not disclose the vital information knowing that the public was assisting in the search, with many claiming to of had encounters with him.
'Le and FBI have alot to answer for in the Gabby petito and Brian laundrie case knowing that he had a firearm when he went "missing" and not notifying the public of an armed and dangerous person knowing the public were looking 4 him smh.'
'Additional charges' could be made toward Laundrie's parents (pictured), the Petito family lawyer suggested
Another joked that 'if the gun is not recovered maybe the fbi should ask the dad to go get it for them.'
In addition, the Petito family lawyer floated the idea that 'additional individuals' could face charges in connection to their daughter's murder.
The family said they would make a 'statement' following the determination, and were asked 'to wait for the United States Attorney's Office to make a determination on whether any additional individuals will be charged.'
The 23-year-old went missing in September after returning alone from a trip with Petito, whose body was found in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
The public questioned 'Why do we even have an FBI' and 'What is the FBI hiding?' after it is revealed Laundrie was armed while on the run
His remains were discovered in the Florida reserve near his parents' house on October 20.
An initial autopsy was inconclusive but the Laundrie family lawyer, Steve Bertolino, said on Tuesday he had been told by the forensic anthropologist who took over that Laundrie died by a single gunshot wound to the head.
'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,' the lawyer said.
Laundrie with his fiancee, Gabby Petito, whose body was found in Wyoming on September 19
When Laundrie returned home to his parents' house in Florida on September 1, Petito was not with him.
He had no contact with her family, who were becoming increasingly worried that she hadn't been seen or heard from.
On September 11, Gabby's family reported her missing and two days later, Brian vanished from his parents' home.
Source : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10235295/Brian-Laundrie-died-single-gunshot-wound-head-autopsy-reveals.html1156