Laundrie attorney says he, police kept knowledge of family’s missing gun from public

Sarasota County

NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) — Steven Bertolino, attorney for Brian Laundrie’s family, has revealed that knowledge of a missing gun from the Laundrie family home was kept from the public.

Tuesday, a medical examiner revealed Brian Laundrie died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to head after he disappeared during the search for his fianceé, Gabby Petito.

Bertolino said at the time of Brian Laundrie’s disappearance, his parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, gave their guns to police on Sept. 17 while officers completed the missing persons paperwork. During the transfer, it was learned that a handgun was missing from its case.

“Both LE and myself felt it was best for that information not to be public,” Bertolino said in a statement.

“Imagine, with the frenzied atmosphere at the time, if the public thought Brian had a gun!” he added. “I can’t speak to why LE did not reveal the info but we spoke about it at the time and I believe they felt as I did.”

While Brian Laundrie’s belongs and notebook were found with his remains, the FBI nor North Port police have said if there was a gun recovered from the Carlton Reserve.

“I do not know if a gun was found near Brian’s remains and possessions,” Bertolino said. “You would have to confirm that with (law enforcement).”

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