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Why Brian Laundrie's Social Media History Is 'Crucial' to Gabby Petito's Murder Investigation

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Why Brian Laundrie's Social Media History Is 'Crucial' to Gabby Petito's Murder Investigation

Authorities are hoping Brian Landrie’s social media will provide vital clues into his state of mind as they continue to investigate the murder of Gabby Petito.

Laundrie, who was the only ‘person of interest’ throughout the search for YouTuber Petito, was found dead last month.

An autopsy report found that Laundrie died by suicide, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Brian Laundrie was the only person of interest in the case (Credit: Instagram - gabbypetito)
Brian Laundrie was the only person of interest in the case (Credit: Instagram - gabbypetito)
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Police are now trying to piece together a personal notebook retrieved from a dry bag near where his body was found to see whether he left any clues, or a suicide note, before his death.

And his numerous social media profiles, as well as his texts, emails and internet history, will also be examined to see if investigators can gleam anything about Petito’s murder.

North Port Police Department spokesman Josh Taylor said: "Everything that’s been gathered in digital information, the digital footprint that’s never been revealed that will certainly be a part of (the FBI’s) entire case."

Gabby Petito was found dead in September (Credit: Instagram - gabbypetito)
Gabby Petito was found dead in September (Credit: Instagram - gabbypetito)
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The news comes as Petito’s family “strongly suspect” that Laundrie may have been impersonating Petito online after she died in order to avoid suspicion.

Internet sleuths were previously poring over Laundrie’s uncovered Pinterest page. The Pinterest account, listed under the name @blaundrie1197, is linked to a profile under the name of Gabs Petito.

One image which captured attention was a sketch of spectral figures and a gravestone, which contains text that reads: “Let her go, let her go, God bless her, wherever she may be.”

Gabby and Brian were documented their road trip on social media (Credit: Instagram - gabbypetito)
Gabby and Brian were documented their road trip on social media (Credit: Instagram - gabbypetito)
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Another folder, titled ‘Life Goals’, shows plans Laundrie and Petito were making for their wedding.

Laundrie’s Instagram also caught attention for its use of dark humour and leaning towards conspiracy theories.

The profile discusses being “brainwashed by the media”, and described large populations in the natural world as “an infestation of humans.”

Police are also searching for the gun Laundrie used to kill himself, after no such weapon has been retrieved.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram

Topics: News

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