Gabby Petito’s family claim Laundrie’s parents covered up murder: lawsuit

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Brian Laundrie’s parents were ‘fully aware’ their son murdered Gabby Petito – and were working to help him flee, according to the family of the slain Long Island woman in a new lawsuit.

Petito’s grieving parents, Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, believe Laundrie told his mother and father around August 28 that he killed his girlfriend on their cross-country trip.

“While Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt desperately sought information regarding their daughter, Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie kept the fate of Brian Laundrie a secret, and it is believed that they were arranging for him to leave the country,” the lawsuit alleges. .

Gabby, 22, was reported missing by her mother in Suffolk County on September 11 after Laundrie returned to her parents’ Florida home 10 days earlier. The Blue Point native’s body was found at a Wyoming campsite on September 19.

The dossier recounts the high-profile events of the next few weeks, when Petito’s parents publicly urged Christopher and Roberta Laundrie to release information about the case.

Gabby Petito’s parents, Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, claim Brian Laundrie’s parents tried to cover up his murder, according to the lawsuit.
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Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt argue that Christopher and Roberta Laundrie knew about their son’s murder of Gabby Petito.
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As national media camped outside the North Port house in Laundrie, where Gabby once lived, the family went camping and it was revealed that they were not cooperating with the authorities.

Petito’s parents say Christopher and Roberta Laundrie were considering helping their 23-year-old son flee the country.

They also allegedly already knew Brian killed Gabby when they released a statement through their lawyer saying they hoped she would be found safely, according to the lawsuit.

Police body camera footage shows Gabby Petito speaking to Utah Local Police on August 12, 2021.
Police body camera footage shows Gabby Petito speaking to Utah Local Police on August 12, 2021.
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Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, parents of Gabby Petito.
Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt claim Brian Laundrie’s parents were plotting a getaway for their son while authorities searched for Gabby.
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Authorities discovered the remains of Gabby Petito in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.
Authorities discovered the remains of Gabby Petito in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.
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The Laundries “engaged in extreme and outrageous conduct … considered shocking, atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community,” according to the lawsuit filed in Florida’s Sarasota County.

Brian Laundrie was named a “person of interest” in Petito’s murder and himself disappeared. He was found dead by suicide in a heavily wooded area not far from his parents’ home in October.

Petito’s parents are seeking damages of more than $30,000 from Laundries, whose lawyer said the lawsuit was ‘without merit’ because his clients were never required to tell anyone about the cases of missing persons.

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Christopher and Roberta Laundrie reportedly put their North Port, Florida home up for sale after Brian’s remains were discovered.
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Brian Laundrie was reportedly very bossy of Gabby Petito during their rocky relationship, according to friends.
Brian Laundrie was reportedly very bossy of Gabby Petito during their rocky relationship, according to friends.
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“As I have argued over the past few months, the laundromat [sic] have not publicly commented on my instructions, which is their right under the law,” Steven Bertolino said in a statement to Fox 13.

Petito family lawyer Rick Stafford said the laundries “showed ruthless indifference” and “exacerbated the anguish, pain and suffering of the family[ofGabby}speakers”[Gabby’s}family’sanguishpainandsufferingbytheiractions”[deGabby}parleursactions”[Gabby’s}family’sanguishpainandsufferingbytheiractions”according to WABC-TV.

The Post has reached out to Bertolino and Stafford for comment.

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