Investigators found the admission in his notebook, which spent weeks underwater as flooding delayed the recovery effort.
“A review of the notebook revealed written statements by Mr. Laundrie claiming responsibility for Ms. Petito’s death,” the FBI revealed Friday, roughly three months after Laundrie’s body surfaced at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, about 10 minutes from his parents’ home in North Port, Florida.
The FBI said that it ultimately found no other people aside from Laundrie as “directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito.”
In a statement, Petito’s parents thanked the FBI and state and local authorities who worked on the case.
“We truly appreciate the FBI’s diligent and painstaking efforts in this extremely complicated case,” they said through their attorney, Rick Stafford. “The quality and quantity of the facts and information collected by the FBI leave no doubt that Brian Laundrie murdered Gabby.”
On Oct. 20, Laundrie’s parents Chris and Roberta left their home before dawn and drove to the swamp, where the floodwater had receded after blanketing the area for weeks.
With two law enforcement officers and a Fox News Digital reporter present, they returned to the area where their lawyer said they had been directing authorities to search since mid-September.