Gabby Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie, confessed to her murder before committing suicide, according to pages from a notebook discovered near Laundrie’s remains and released by the attorney for his family.
Petito went missing last September after she and Laundrie embarked on a cross-country trip that they documented on social media.
“Laundrie returned home to his parents’ house in Florida until he, too, went missing on September 13. Shortly after, he was named a person of interest in Petito’s death,” INSIDER reported.
“Petito’s body was found at a remote campsite in the Bridger-Teton National Forest on September 19. Her cause of death was unclear at first, but nearly a month later, the Teton County coroner said Petito’s cause of death was strangulation.”
Laundrie’s remains were found the following month, and his death was ruled a suicide.
In a notebook found near Laundrie’s remains, he confessed to killing Petito. Laundrie claimed he did so because he was trying to be “merciful.”
“I ended her life,” he wrote, Fox News reported. “I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I see now all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was in shock.”
According to the notebook, Laundrie heard “a splash and a scream” while they were trying to cross a stream.
“I couldn’t find her for a moment, shouted her name. I found her breathing heavily gasping my name, she was freezing cold,” he wrote. “When I pulled Gabby out of the water she couldn’t tell me what hurt. She had a small bump on her forehead that eventually got larger.
“Her feet hurt, her wrist hurt but she was freezing, shaking violently, while carrying her she continually made sounds of pain, laying next to her she said little lapsing between violent shakes, gasping in pain, begging for an end to her pain.”
Laundrie said he didn’t “know the extent of Gabby’s injurys (sic). Only that she was in extreme pain.”
Later, Laundrie said he “rushed home to spend any time I had left with my family.”
In the notebook, he also revealed why he was committing suicide.
“I have killed myself by this creek in the hopes that annimals (sic) may tear me apart. That it may make some of her family happy,” he wrote, according to CNN.