Gabby Petito’s grieving family is suing Brian Laundrie’s parents, claiming they knew he had killed her

The grieving family of Gabby Petito sues the parents of her fiancé and suspected killer Brian Laundrie and claims that they withheld information about her murder.

Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt on Thursday filed a lawsuit in Sarasota County, Florida against Brian Laundrie’s parents, claiming more than $ 30,000 in damages.

In the court papers, they claim Christopher and Roberta Laundrie kept secret where their son Brian Laundri is and made sure he could leave the country.

The document states: “Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie knew of Joseph Petito’s and Nichole Schmidt’s mental suffering and anguish and knew that they could at least partially alleviate such mental ailments and anguish by revealing what they knew… but they repeatedly denied. to do so.”

Lawyers for Ms. Petito’s parents claim that Laundrie told her parents about the murder of their daughter on August 28, and they hid this information from investigators while the search for her continued.

They accuse the laundries of acting “with malice or great indifference”.

The lawyer representing the laundries, Steve Bertolino, has been contacted by I for comment.

But in an interview with US television station Fox 13, he said: “As I have been claiming for the past many months, the laundries have not publicly commented on my instructions, which is their right under the law.”

Gabby Petito, 22, began a road trip in a van across the United States with her fiancé Brian Laundrie in July 2021, where she documented the journey on social media.

Gabby Petito, pictured before her disappearance in August 2021.

The couple came to the attention of authorities on Aug. 12 in Utah when a witness called police for what appeared to be an incident of domestic violence.

No charges were filed as a result of the incident, but five days later Laundri flew back to Florida, leaving her fiancé in Utah.

He rejoined her on August 23, and the couple was seen by witnesses in Wyoming.

On September 1, Laundri returned to her parents’ home in North Port, Florida. Ten days later, Petito’s mother reported her missing, triggering a nationwide search.

Her body was discovered at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping site in Wyoming with injuries to her head and neck and signs of suffocation.

Laundrie was reported missing by her parents on September 17 after being named as a person of interest in the case.

His remains were found a month later in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida. He appeared to be dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A notebook found near his remains contained a note apparently from Laundrie, who admitted to having killed Mrs Petito.

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