Brian Laundrie’s family hid the fact that he may have been armed because they didn’t want the ‘public going into a frenzy,’ lawyer says

Brian Laundry, left, in police cam footage near Arques National Park.Moab Police Department via AP

  • Brian Laundry’s family did not disclose to the public that a gun was missing from their home.

  • Their lawyer, Stephen Bertolino, said: They didn’t want people to panic.

  • It is unclear whether Laundry took the lost gun.

Brian Laundry’s family hid the fact that he might have been armed because they didn’t want to “go the public into a frenzy,” their attorney He told

A medical examiner in Florida said Tuesday that Laundry, 23, who went missing for weeks after the disappearance of his fiancée, Gabe Pettito, died of A gunshot wound to the head. Laundry was the only person concerned with Pettito’s disappearance and death.

Stephen Bertolino, lawyer for the Launderi family He told Insider ‘Natalie Musumesi On Tuesday that on the same day Laundry was reported missing – September 17 – his parents also handed over five or six rifles they had stored in their home, but one was missing.

It is not clear if Laundry took the lost gun, or whether he used it to kill himself.

Bertolino told the Daily Mail that the family did not want this to be revealed earlier because they did not want the information to cause panic.

“We didn’t want the public to go crazy about it,” Bertolino told “I don’t think they consider him dangerous to anyone they meet on the street.”

Laundrie’s skeleton remains were found on October 20 in the expansive Carleton Preserve, Florida, near a backpack, dry bag and notebook, The authorities said at the time. It is also unclear whether there was a gun among his belongings.

Laundry was never charged with harming or killing Pettito, despite an arrest warrant claiming he spent $1,000 on Debit card “unauthorized” days after Pettito’s death. The Petito family’s lawyer later said that Card belongs to Petito.

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