ARTWORKS once posted on Brian Laundrie's Instagram account have led online sleuths to speculate whether they were included in a notebook found at the site of his remains – and if they could hold clues into the death of his fiancée, Gabby Petito.
Laundrie's body was found in a Florida swamp last week, with authorities reportedly confirming that a notebook found at the scene may be salvageable.
The case of Laundrie and Petito has intrigued the nation over recent months, after Laundrie returned to his parents' Florida home alone in the middle of the couple's months-long road trip across the country.
Gabby's body was later discovered in a Wyoming campsite on September 19, and after Brian's parents reported him missing, police spent weeks looking for the 23-year-old in the Florida wilderness.
Skeletal remains were later identified as Laundrie's through his dental records.
It's not known what's inside the notebook, but it hasn't stopped online sleuths from speculating.
Some amateur detectives think the journal may contain chilling drawings.
Web sleuths previously claimed to unearth a series of "demonic artworks" on Laundrie's social media, alleging the drawings could offer potential insight into the 23-year-old's state of mind.
One Facebook "detective" said: "I think it's probably his art. They were both into drawing."
An internet sleuth feared: "My theory is drawing of the events that led up to it and during her strangulation. It's going to be dark (sic)."
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Coroners ruled that Gabby was strangled to death - weeks after a preliminary autopsy determined the manner of her death a homicide.
Laundrie was identified as a person of interest by cops last month as they investigated Gabby's mysterious disappearance and death. He was never named a suspect.
Some internet detectives fear they'll be "disappointed" if the contents of the notebook are revealed.
One said: “It’s honestly most likely drawings. So honestly, I feel like most will be disappointed.”
Another added: “We’re not owed a glance into it. As much as we all want the details, we’re not privy to any of them.”
Some Facebook sleuths claimed the journal may contain drawings relating to Chuck Palahniuk's novel Lullaby, while others think it will be blank.
Laundrie appeared to brag in an Instagram post that he and Gabby read the horror satire novel.
Lullaby, published in 2002, tells the story of journalist Carl Streator, who is writing an article about crib death when he notices a strange connection between the deaths of the babies and those of his own wife and infant.
He then finds out that his wife and child had died after he read them a "culling song" from a book.
Unintentionally, he memorizes the rhyme and becomes a serial killer who kills people over minor annoyances.
Laundrie was pictured with the book on his lap in a picture taken while he and Gabby were hiking along the Appalachian Trail celebrating her 22nd birthday.
Gabby's fiancé also revealed that he read the 2007 book Rant.
The novel is told in the form of an oral biography and is centered around a high school rebel, Rant Casey, and another character named Green Taylor Simms.
In its synopsis, the book is described as "a mind-bending vision of the future, as only Chuck Palahniuk could ever imagine."
Laundrie wrote on Instagram: "The f**king craziest out of all of Chuck’s books on my shelf, I can’t fathom how he must have written this one! I’d love to preach all of the insane twists and turns but all I can say is that I’ll never forget the name Rant Casey. Or Green Taylor Simms.
"Me and my fiancé read this one out loud together and boy oh boy I can’t believe some of the stuff coming out of our mouths."
A cause of death hasn't been established as Laundrie's remains have been sent off to an anthropologist for further examination, but it hasn't stopped sleuths from touting wild speculations.
Facebook sleuths spotted an alligator-shaped cloud over Immokalee, Florida on October 22 and asked if it was Laundrie.
From the image, the shape appears to look like the head and jaws of an alligator with its mouth open.
Users from a Facebook discussion group dedicated to the Gabby Petito case shared strange pictures of a partially toothless Laundrie, warning "here's what he looks like now."
There is no evidence to support these claims.
Laundrie’s body will be cremated without a funeral, Bertolino told Fox News.
Experts say there are a number of ways Laundrie could’ve died including from a gunshot or fractured skull.
Forensic expert Joseph Scott Morgan told NewsNationNow: “Unless there is specific trauma to an area like the skull that would give us an indication that this is gunfire in some way or that he had been struck in the head with a depressed skull fracture; something of that nature.”
Morgan explained that the forensic and anatomical task is difficult.”
He said: “So what do we do? Well, you don’t have any soft tissue, they’ve already stated that the body is skeletonized. And so… it’s going to be a very difficult task in order to identify something.”
John Widmann, who lives around half a mile from the Carlton Reserve, told the New York Post: "The worst thing is the wild pigs. They're evil animals and will eat anything. Any flesh out in the open will not be wasted."
Widmann fears coroners will not have "much to work on" as they try to establish a cause of death.
Laundrie’s remains were identified exactly one month after Gabby's body was discovered at a Wyoming campground.
Gabby's family have not spoken publicly since Laundrie's remains were found but mourners paid tribute to the slain vlogger at a vigil where lanterns were set off.
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