Petito household alleges Laundries went on trip with Brian realizing Gabby was useless


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A newly filed courtroom doc claims Brian Laundrie’s dad and mom knew his girlfriend, 22-year-old Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, had been killed earlier than happening a household trip to Fort De Soto Park. 

The submitting, submitted Thursday in Florida’s Sarasota County courtroom on behalf of Petito’s dad and mom and penned by lawyer Patrick J. Reilly, alleges that Laundrie, 23, instructed his dad and mom Petito was useless on Aug. 28, 2021. 

On the identical date, the Petito lawyer asserts, the Laundries spoke with lawyer Steve Bertolino. 

“While Gabrielle Petito’s family was suffering, the Laundrie family went on vacation to Fort DeSoto Park on September 6-7, 2021,” Reilly stated. “They went on vacation knowing that Brian Laundrie had murdered Gabrielle Petito, it is believed that they knew where her body was located and further knew that Gabrielle Petito’s parents were attempting to locate her.” 

Pinellas County Parks records show Roberta Laundrie checked into the Fort De Soto Park Sept. 6

Pinellas County Parks information present Roberta Laundrie checked into the Fort De Soto Park Sept. 6
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Fort De Soto Park is positioned in Pinellas County.

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Data obtained by Each day Publish later that month confirmed Roberta Laundrie, Brian’s mom, had checked into the Florida park. 

She canceled reservations for 2 individuals on the St. Petersburg campground Aug. 31 and made new reservations for 3 individuals on the similar park Sept. 3 for the weekend of Sept. 6-8. 

Duane “Dog” Chapman, often known as Canine the Bounty Hunter, stated he had discovered that Laundrie’s dad and mom spent the night time there twice in early September.

Christopher and Roberta Laundrie in Florida's Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on the day police discovered their son's remains.

Christopher and Roberta Laundrie in Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on the day police found their son’s stays.
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“I will no longer give that dog credibility or dignify his false claims with the time of my reply,” Steven Bertolino, Laundrie’s lawyer, instructed Each day Publish on the time. Nevertheless, he instructed native media that the household camped out on Sept. 6 and seven and that “they all left the park.”

The paperwork revealed the checkout was really recorded on Sept. 8, three days earlier than Gabby Petito formally turned a lacking particular person.

Thomas Rutherford, one other camper, and his spouse have been celebrating their anniversary on the campground, three spots down from the Laundries, he beforehand instructed Each day Publish.

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He stated he may “vaguely remember” seeing their truck and camper as a result of he and his spouse not often see campers hooked up to automobiles anymore. Apart from that, he had no interplay with the household.

Reilly wrote that Roberta Laundrie additionally reportedly blocked Nicole Schmidt – Gabby’s mom – on her cellular phone and Fb on or round Sept.10. 


Petito’s physique was discovered Sept. 19 at a campground close to Grand Teton Nationwide Park in northwestern Wyoming. 

Whereas the Petito household was trying to find info, Reilly stated, the Laundries have been protecting Brian’s whereabouts secret, and it’s believed they have been “making arrangements for him to leave the country.” 

He accused Christopher and Roberta Laundrie of performing “with malice of great indifference to the rights of Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt.” 

“Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie exhibited extreme and outrageous conduct, which constitutes behavior, under the circumstances, which goes beyond all possible bounds of decency and is regarded as shocking, atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community,” he stated. 

Tara Petito and Joe Petito react while City of North Port Chief of Police Todd Garrison speaks during a news conference about their missing daughter Gabby Petito Sept. 16, 2021, in North Port, Fla.

Tara Petito and Joe Petito react whereas Metropolis of North Port Chief of Police Todd Garrison speaks throughout a information convention about their lacking daughter Gabby Petito Sept. 16, 2021, in North Port, Fla.
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The FBI announced in January that Brian Laundrie had admitted to the homicide in a pocket book found close to his physique after his suicide in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. 

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Petito’s dad and mom and stepparents filed a lawsuit in Florida in March that seeks greater than $100,000 in damages for alleged negligence, ache and struggling. 

On the finish of the month, Bertolino filed a movement to drop the lawsuit with prejudice, arguing that there are not any info to assist their claims of “intentional infliction of emotional distress.” 

He requested that the decide stop the Petito household from submitting an amended lawsuit ought to his dismissal request be granted. 

Bertolino stated the Laundries have been exercising their constitutional proper to stay silent.

KDFW noted that the lawsuit doesn’t present proof of when Brian Laundrie’s dad and mom knew Gabby Petito was useless and the place her stays might need been positioned.

The {couples} are anticipated to face off for a jury trial in 2023.


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