Days after Brian Laundrie admitted he strangled his girlfriend Gabby Petito on a cross-country road trip, he exchanged text messages with a friend nonchalantly detailing the “fun” trips but made no mention of the gruesome murder.
“The trip was good,” Laundrie wrote to his friend Ben on September 4, 2021, after he had returned to Florida without Petito, but before his family reported him missing to authorities, according to newly revealed text messages reviewed by Messenger. .
“Gab and I had fun. “I’m tired now, I’m going to sleep for a week,” she said.
“We made a lot of content,” Laundrie told Ben, referring to the couple’s YouTube travel channel. “It was once in a lifetime.”
Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, were traveling across the country together in a van and filming their trip when she disappeared in August 2021. On September 1, Laundrie returned to her family’s home in Florida, but without his girlfriend.
Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito embarked on their ill-fated journey west in July 2021. Laundrie killed her in late August 2021. Instagram
Laundrie strangled Petito, authorities said. His body was found on September 19.
The Long Island native was reported missing on September 11 and Laundrie was named a person of interest in the case. Petito’s strangled body was found on September 19 in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park after an intensive search.
Authorities confirmed that she was murdered around August 28.
Laundrie fled into the Florida desert before he could be arrested. He was found dead in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida on October 20 after a massive manhunt. An autopsy determined that he died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
They found him with a letter in which he confessed to having killed Petito.
“I ended his life,” he proclaims in the note, which was recovered by the FBI. “I thought it was merciful, that it was what she wanted, but now I see all the mistakes I made. I panicked. “I was shocked.”
He claimed he killed her to put her out of her misery after she suffered an injury in the desert as an act of “mercy.”
Laundrie’s body was found in Florida on October 20. She died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.instagram
Petito was crying and bloodied as she spoke to Utah police officers after she and Laundrie were detained near the entrance to Arches National Park.AP
“From the moment I decided, I took away her pain, I knew I couldn’t go on without her,” he wrote.
Days before the murder, the couple was stopped for speeding in Moab, Utah. Officers found Petito bloodied and crying after an apparent fight. The police separated them at night, but took no further action.
Petito’s family is suing the police department for allegedly treating Laundrie as the victim during the stop.
Petito’s family also sued Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Robert Laundrie, in Florida civil court, alleging that they knew their son killed their daughter but chose to remain silent during the investigation.
Earlier this month, and more than two years after Petito’s death, an attorney representing Laundrie’s family reportedly made a settlement offer to Petito’s family ahead of a civil trial scheduled for next year. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.