Lawsuit claims Brian Laundrie’s parents knew ‘where’ Gabby Petito’s body was when they went on vacation

The amended lawsuit, filed by Petito’s parents, alleges that the Laundrie family went on vacation to Fort De Soto Park in Florida, while Petito’s family was “extremely upset” and tried to locate her.

CNN previously reported that documents from Pinellas County, Florida showed Laundrie’s mother made a camping reservation at Fort De Soto Park for the first weekend in September, only to change it to a later date and add another person.

County records show the new booking was made by Roberta Laundrie on September 3, two days after her son returned home. The amended reservation was due to start on September 6 for three people at Fort De Soto Park, about 75 miles from the family home.

The lawsuit alleges that the Laundrie family went on vacation “knowing that Brian Laundrie had murdered Gabrielle Petito, it is believed that they knew the whereabouts of her body and further knew that Gabrielle Petito’s parents were attempting to locate her.”

The Laundrie family’s attorney told CNN he was confident the case would be dismissed, adding in a statement, “The allegations in the amended complaint may now comply with proper pleadings, but they do not give give rise to liability under the law, so we are still confident that the Court will dismiss the action,” said Steven Bertolino.

Petito’s remains were found in Teton County, Wyoming in September, just over a week after his family reported him missing. The 22-year-old woman died of strangulation, a coroner said. She had taken a trip across the country with Laundrie, who was her fiancé. Laundrie returned to the couple’s home alone on September 1, and left about two weeks later and disappeared.

Laundrie’s remains were later found on a Florida reservation and a medical examiner ruled he died by suicide. Nearby, authorities found a notebook in which they said Laundrie claimed responsibility for Petito’s death.

The lawsuit accuses Laundrie’s parents of acting in an “extreme and outrageous manner” for several reasons, including not telling Petito’s parents that she was dead and where her remains were and taking a vacation with their son while the Petito family searched for the young woman.

There is no specific monetary amount listed on the lawsuit, but Petito’s parents are seeking damages in excess of $30,000.


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