GABBY Petito’s final moments according to Brian Laundrie’s chilling notebook confession saw the vlogger “gasping in pain”.
On October 20, 2021, the journal of Laundrie was discovered by the FBI at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in the same location as the skeletal bones of Laundrie.
Laundrie asserted that Gabby Petito was suffering from some kind of injury and that she would “wake in pain” every day, as shown in a photograph that was included in the journal.
He wrote: “Rushing back to our car trying to cross the streams of spread creek before it got too dark to see, to [sic] cold.
“I hear a splash and a scream. I could barely see, I couldn’t find her for a moment, shouted her name.
“I found her breathing heavily gasping my name, she was freezing cold.”
He added: “The temperature had dropped to freezing and she was soaking wet.
“I carried her as far as I could down the stream towards the car, stumbling exhausted in shock, when my knees buckled and knew I couldn’t safely carry her.
“I started a fire and spooned her as close to the heat, she was so thin, had already been freezing too long.
“When I pulled Gabby out of the water she couldn’t tell me what hurt. She had a small bump on her forehead that eventually got larger.
“Her feet hurt, her wrist hurt but she was freezing, shaking violently, while carrying her she continually made sounds of pain, laying next to her she said little lapsing between violent shakes, gasping in pain, begging for an end to her pain.
“She would fall asleep and I would shake her awake fearing she shouldn’t close her eyes if she had a concussion. She would wake in pain start the whole painful cycle again while furious that I was the one waking her.”
After being unable to get in touch with Gabby or Brian and his family, Gabby’s parents made the decision on September 11 to report her as missing. On September 19, her body was discovered in Grand Teton National Park.
After that, on September 13, Brian, now 23, vanished without a trace; nevertheless, his parents did not report him missing for several days.
The following day, on September 23, a warrant was issued for his arrest, and on October 21 his remains were discovered.
The revelation that Brian kept a journal comes just a few days after Joe and Nichole Gabby, Gabby’s parents, engaged in a legal battle in a court in Sarasota County, Florida, with Steven Bertolino, the Laundrie family’s attorney.
The Petito family had filed a lawsuit against Chris and Roberta Laundrie, claiming that they had concealed information regarding the passing of their daughter.
A move to dismiss the action was submitted by the family counsel for the Laundries.
They asserted that the Laundries were aware that their son had killed Gabby and knew the location of her body, but that they had kept quiet about it and were supposedly making preparations to send Brian out of the country.
In contrast, neither of Gabby’s parents nor the Laundrie family nor their attorney Bertolino were present in the courtroom during the proceedings.
The attorneys faced off against one another and argued their respective cases over whether or not the lawsuit should be thrown out.
In court, Laundrie’s family attorney Matthew Luca argued that his clients had a constitutionally protected right to maintain their silence.
The judge who is presiding over the case, Hunter Carroll, questioned him as to whether or not Bertolino’s solitary comment, in which he expressed the hope that Gabby and her family will be reunited, was made on behalf of Brian’s family.
Patrick Reilly, the attorney for Gabby’s family, stated that their silence and Bertolino’s solitary comment while purportedly knowing that Gabby was deceased created false hope and provoked emotional pain. Bertolino is the only person who commented on the situation.
Carroll is going to consider both points of view and should come to a conclusion within the next two weeks.
Following the conclusion of the hearing, Reilly made a statement to the media in which he posed the following rhetorical question: “What crime did Brian Laundrie or the Laundrie family commit?”
During the time that Gabby was gone, he stated that they were not the subject of an investigation nor were they regarded to be suspects.
According to Reilly, at that time nobody knew that a crime had occurred, so there was no reason for any of the Laundries to keep their mouths shut about it.
After the hearing, the attorney who represents the Laundrie family, Luca, did not make a statement to the public or the media.