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

Brian Laundrie’s parents had ‘full knowledge’ their son had murdered Gabby Petito – and were working to help him escape slain Long Island woman alleges in a new lawsuit.

Petito’s grieving parents, Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, believe that around August 28, Laundrie told his mother and father that he had killed his girlfriend during their overland journey.

“While Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt were desperate for information about their daughter, Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie kept Brian Laundrie’s whereabouts a secret and it is believed they arranged for him to leave the country,” the statement said Legal action.

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

The file recounts the high-profile events of the next few weeks, as Petito’s parents publicly pushed for it Christopher and Roberta Laundry disclose information about the case.

Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, parents of Brian Laundrie, left their home at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. They were later spotted in a mall parking lot, got into their truck and drove home.
Gabby Petito’s parents, Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, allege 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 of Gabby Petito’s murder by their son.
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When the national media set up camp outside the Laundrie’s North Port House, where Gabby once livedthe family went on a camping trip and it turned out that they were not cooperating with the authorities.

Petito’s parents say so Christopher and Roberta Laundry planned to help their 23-year-old son escape the country.

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

Police bodycam footage shows Gabby Petito speaking to local Utah police on August 12, 2021.
Police bodycam footage shows Gabby Petito speaking to local Utah police on August 12, 2021.
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Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, Gabby Petito's parents.
Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt allege that Brian Laundrie’s parents planned an escape for their son while authorities searched for Gabby.
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Authorities discovered Gabby Petito's remains in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Authorities discovered Gabby Petito’s remains in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.
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The laundries “experienced extreme and outrageous behavior … which in a civilized community would be considered shocking, cruel and utterly intolerable,” according to the lawsuit, filed in Sarasota County, Florida.

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

Petito’s parents are seeking over $30,000 in damages from the laundries, whose attorney claimed the lawsuit was “baseless” because his clients were never required to speak to anyone about the missing persons cases.

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Christopher and Roberta Laundrie have reportedly put their North Port, Florida home up for sale after Brian’s remains were found.
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Brian Laundrie was reportedly very controlling of Gabby Petito during their troubled relationship, according to friends.
Brian Laundrie was reportedly very controlling of Gabby Petito during their troubled relationship, according to friends.
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‘As I’ve been claiming for the past few months, the Laundrie’s [sic] have not spoken publicly, at my direction, what their right under the law is,” Steven Bertolino said in a statement fox 13.

Petito family attorney Rick Stafford said the laundries had shown “callous indifference” and “the fear, pain and suffering of[Gabbys]family aggravated by their actions”.[Gabby’s}family’sanguishpainandsufferingbytheiractions”[Gabby’s}family’sanguishpainandsufferingbytheiractions”according to WABC TV.

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

https://nypost.com/2022/03/11/gabby-petitos-family-claims-laundries-parents-covered-up-murder-suit/ Gabby Petito’s family allege Laundrie’s parents covered up a murder: lawsuit

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