NORTH GATE, Fla. (WBBH) – The FBI closed the investigation of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie on Friday.
Investigators say Brian’s notebook contains writings in which he confessed to the murder of his fiance, Gabby Petito.
However, some questions remain as to why Brian’s parents Chris and Roberta Laundrie were not charged with helping their son after he returned to Southwest Florida.
“Because they were neither actively involved in the crime nor actively hiding him from the police,” said Pamella Seay, a law professor at Florida Gulf Coast University.
According to Seay, Florida law is often on the side of the family. This means that what Chris and Roberta did with letting Brian stay with them, drive their car and help him in any way isn’t against the law.
“Under Florida law, no,” Seay said. “It’s something ordinary, ordinary people would give their family members.”
What about when they know Brian is missing but don’t report it to the police? We know Laundrie’s brought his car home from the reserve two days before reporting him as missing.
Seay said any allegations of fraud would be nearly impossible to prove.
“The prosecution said, you know, this is not something we want to spend our resources on prosecuting,” Seay said. “Did they do something wrong? Can can. But not to the extent that it can be prosecuted.”
While we may never know the full contents of Brian’s notebooks, there may be information that vindicated his parents from prosecution.
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