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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – FBI investigators in Wyoming found a high-speed revolver and two arrows near the remains of Gabby Petito in 2021, according to nearly 400 pages of evidence released in the case.

In an affidavit supporting a search warrant application, federal investigators said a “quick-loading revolver with ammunition” was located near Petito’s remains in Grand Teton National Park.

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The special investigator said at the time that investigators in Wyoming had been unable to open the speed loader and thus obtain information about the ammunition it contained.

Two arrows were also found, the special agent added.

Petito’s family told WFLA.com that they were unaware of the speed loader and arrows found near her remains.

The reason the ammunition and arrows were found near Petito’s remains is unclear. According to the documents, the evidence will never be directly linked to Laundrie’s property, but will be used as evidence in the search warrant application.

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According to FBI investigators, Laundrie owned two semi-automatic handguns and a revolver. The semi-automatic handguns and ammunition were seized by agents during a search of the Laundrie family home in North Port, Florida, in September 2021. However, the FBI said the revolver is missing.

The revolver was later found to be the weapon Laundrie used to take his own life after his remains were found in nearby Carlton Reserve the following month.

Laundrie mentioned the revolver in a diary seized by the FBI.

“My real options are to run away on my own – buy a piece of land or kill myself,” Laundrie wrote in the October 26, 2018, diary entry. “Underneath the mattress I’m lying on is a loaded .357 Magnum revolver. One pull of the trigger and all my problems are over.”

The special agent adds that he has “reason to question the date of the diary entry provided by Laundrie.”

In addition, FBI agents discovered ammunition stashes in his garage, including two boxes containing a total of 35 missing bullets and 38 rounds of .357 Magnum ammunition in a cigar box.

The documents also included a letter Petito wrote to her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. The undated letter mentions that she is “coming back from New York,” making it appear as though it was written before the two began their cross-country trip.

According to the coroner’s report, Petito died of manual strangulation. Laundrie confessed to the murder of the 22-year-old in a notebook that investigators discovered in October 2021. Laundrie died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the Carlton Reserve in Florida.

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