Gabby Petito update: Mom and dad file lawsuit against Laundrie family members

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Gabby Petito’s mom and dad have filed a civil lawsuit in Florida alleging that Brian Laundrie’s mother and father, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, were mindful that their son killed their daughter and tried to help him flee justice.

“Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie exhibited extraordinary and outrageous conduct which constitutes habits, under the instances, which goes outside of all possible bounds of decency and is regarded as stunning, atrocious, and totally intolerable in a civilized local community,” the lawsuit alleges. “As a immediate and proximate result of the willfulness and maliciousness of Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie, Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt had been caused to suffer ache and suffering, psychological anguish, inconvenience, loss of potential for satisfaction of daily life experienced in the previous and to be skilled in the foreseeable future.”

In early July, Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, left New York on a cross-country street excursion in Petito’s white Ford Transit van. They designed it as considerably as Jackson Wyoming by late August. By Sept. 1, Laundrie pulled into his parents’ driveway in North Port, Florida, driving her van with Petito nowhere to be found.

“It is considered that on August 27, 2021, Brian Laundrie murdered Gabrielle Petito,” the civil grievance reads.

FILE - Gabby Petito in an undated photograph.

FILE – Gabby Petito in an undated photograph.
(North Port Police)


Laundrie then sent phony text messages concerning his mobile and Petito’s “in an hard work to conceal the actuality” that she was useless, according to courtroom paperwork and the FBI.

The grievance alleges that Laundrie confessed to his mom and dad on Aug. 28 and that the Laundries employed law firm Steve Bertolino, a longtime friend, on Sept. 2.

Bertolino advised WHD News Electronic Friday he has represented the Laundrie relatives “for several many years” and referred to as the civil lawsuit “baseless.”

Brian Laundrie as seen in bodycam footage released by the Moab Police Department in Utah.

Brian Laundrie as noticed in bodycam footage unveiled by the Moab Law enforcement Section in Utah.
(Moab PD)

“As I have managed more than the final several months, the Laundrie‘s have not publicly commented at my direction which is their proper underneath the law,” he mentioned. “Assuming all the things the Petitos allege in their lawsuit is legitimate, which we deny, this lawsuit does not change the reality that the Laundries had no obligation to speak to Regulation Enforcement or any 3rd-party which include the Petito spouse and children.  This basic authorized basic principle renders the Petito’s promises to be baseless underneath the regulation.”


Soon after Laundrie returned to his parents’ house on Sept. 1, the relatives stated very little publicly about Petito’s dying. The household went camping at Fort DeSoto Park, south of St. Petersburg, amongst Sept. 6 and 8. Petito’s mom noted her lacking to police in her New York hometown on Sept. 11.

Reporters witnessed a rainbow overhead just moments after authorities removed Gabby Petito's remains from a campsite in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Reporters witnessed a rainbow overhead just times immediately after authorities removed Gabby Petito’s continues to be from a campsite in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.
(Audrey Conklin/WHD News Electronic)

That was a working day just after Roberta Laundrie allegedly blocked Nichole Schmidt, Petito’s mother, on her mobile phone and on Fb, in accordance to the lawsuit.

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“A regular mother and father would, right after possessing the girl living with them for that size of time, would certainly request the problem, where is she?” reported John Kelly, a felony profiler who has been following the situation. “And which is in which it receives true odd. Would he convey to them that he killed her? Would he notify them that some thing transpired to her? Would he explain to them that she ran off?”

The lawsuit also alleges that for the duration of this time, the dad and mom have been trying to organize a way for their son to flee the state. He left their house in the times subsequent the missing person report and was eventually uncovered dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a swampy park close by in late October. WHD News Electronic was the only media present in the reserve with Laundrie’s mothers and fathers and two associates of legislation enforcement at the time.

His physique experienced been there for months right after floodwaters difficult a large FBI-led search.


In his closing phrases, Laundrie admitted to killing his previous fiancée Petito in a remote Wyoming campground, in accordance to the FBI, based mostly on entries investigators located in the notebook recovered around his skeletal stays in a Florida swamp in October. They did not explain the contents of the notebook until three months afterwards.

The FBI also at the time announced formerly undisclosed details about her dying, which a Wyoming healthcare examiner dominated a homicide by handbook strangulation very last slide. She experienced experienced blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

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Court paperwork demonstrate the Petito and Schmidt people are trying to find a lot more than $100,000 in damages for alleged carelessness, discomfort and struggling. They are demanding a jury trial.

WHD News’ Laura Ingle, Heather Lacy and Sarah Rumpf contributed to this report.

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