New Diary Evidence Suggests Brian Laundrie Had Mental Health Issue Before Gabbu Petito’s Disappearance

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During a search at Brian Laundrie’s home in Florida, investigators discovered diary entries from the year before Gabby Petito’s tragic death, according to a report by The New York Post. Laundrie described his mania and created doodles of skull graphics with phrases like “Trust no one” and “Kill.”

After reviewing the newly obtained evidence, Petito’s parents believe Laundrie was experiencing a “mental health crisis.”

“It’s evident that Brian was going through some sort of mental health crisis, and it would have been beneficial for him to seek help,” said Petito’s father Joseph during an interview on “Banfield.”

Gabby’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, commented that the Brian she knew was nothing like the person described in the diary entries.

In 2021, Gabby Petito went missing while on a road trip across the country with Laundrie, her then-fiancé. Laundrie returned to Sarasota without her.

Her remains were later discovered on Sept. 19, 2021, in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, where a coroner determined that she had been strangled and abandoned in the wilderness for weeks before her body was located.

Although Brian Laundrie was the main suspect in his fiancée’s murder, he also went missing after taking his own life at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. His remains and a notebook confessing to killing Gabby Petito were found on Oct. 20, 2021.

The Petito family established the Gabby Petito Foundation to combat domestic violence and support missing persons cases nationwide.

Liz Jassin
Liz Jassin
Liz Jassin's reporting beat centers around real estate, technology, and true crime. Previously, Liz completed video internships for Business Insider in New York City and Milkwood film studios in London. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2017 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied broadcast journalism and received concentrations in music and psychology.

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