anguish Family of Gabby Petito allege killer Brian Laundrie told his parents that he murdered her
The family allege that while a search for the missing 22-year-old was ongoing, Brian confessed what really happened
The parents of murdered Gabby Peitio (22) have alleged that her killer, Brian Laundrie, confessed to his parents that he had killed his girlfriend.
A civil lawsuit filed by Joseph Petito and Nicole Schmidt claims that Christopher and Roberta Laundrie concealed that their son had confessed to the murder while the search for the missing woman was ongoing.
"While Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt were desperately searching for information concerning their daughter, Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie were keeping the whereabouts of Brian Laundrie secret, and it is believed were making arrangements for him to leave the country."
“In doing so, Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie acted with malice or great indifference to the rights of (Gabby's parents) Joseph Petito and Nicole Schmidt," the lawsuit says.
Adding that this conduct was "shocking, atrocious, and utterly intolerable in a civilised community."
"Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie knew of the mental suffering and anguish of Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, and knew that they could alleviate, at least in part, such mental suffering and anguish by disclosing what they knew about the well-being and the location of the remains of Gabrielle Petito, yet they repeatedly refused to do so," the suit continues.
"In doing so, Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie acted with malice or great indifference to the rights of Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt."
While the parents of Petito are seeking damages of at least $30,000, an attorney for the Laundries said that his clients were fully within their rights not to talk as he denied the lawsuit's claim.
"This lawsuit does not change the fact that the Laundries had no obligation to speak to law enforcement or any third party including the Petito family," Steve Bertolino said.
"This fundamental legal principle renders the Petitos' claims to be baseless under the law."
Gabby and Brian moved into his parent’s home in Florida in 2019.
The lawsuit states that until Gabby’s disappearance the families had a “cordial relationship."
The 22-year-old blogger was reported missing by her family on September 12th 2021 after failing to return home from a cross-country trip with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.
Her body was found at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming one week later on September 19th.
A post-mortem found that the tragic young victim died of blunt-force injuries to the head and neck, with manual strangulation.
An FBI investigation that concluded in January 2022 found that Laundrie was responsible for her death.
Brian was reported missing by his parents on September 17th, two days after his car was recovered at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida.
On October 20th, his body was found at the same location in which his car was discovered.
An investigation into his manner of death found he died by suicide.
A notebook found with his body revealed written statements by Laundrie claiming responsibility for girlfriend’s murder.
The FBI’s investigation into Gabby’s tragic passing found that after her death, Brian sent text messages between his phone and Gabby’s phone to make it seem like she was still alive.
He also used her debit card, without her permission between August 30th and September 1st on his drive back to Florida from Wyoming.
“All logical investigative steps have been concluded in this case,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider.
“The investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito.”
If you have been affected by the issues raised in this article, please contact the Samaritans on 116123; Pieta House on 1800 247 247; or text HELLO to 50808, a free 24/7 text support service for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis.
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