The move, a formality, was expected following the discovery of Laundrie’s remains in late October. Authorities say he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, a 10-minute drive from his parents’ home in North Port, Florida.
Steve Bertolino, Laundrie’s attorney, said he had no comment on the move, signed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Sprecher and filed in the U.S. District Court in Wyoming.
Prosecutors are seeking the court’s permission to drop the case because Laundrie is deceased.
Laundrie was the only person of interest in the asesinato of his former fiancée, Gabby Petito, whom authorities found in September strangled and beaten at a campsite in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, north of Jackson, Wyoming.
He had been wanted on a federal warrant for allegedly using Petito’s debit cards after her death, when he drove from Wyoming to Florida and then went camping with his parents, sister and her kids.
Laundrie and Petito had stayed in the Wyoming campground just days before Laundrie returned to his parents’ house – alone but driving Petito’s van. He made no public comments on her death and refused to cooperate with law enforcement before slipping away.