Gabby Petito’s parents have filed a lawsuit against Brian Laundrie’s parents.
Gabby Petito, the daughter of Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, was killed by Laundrie while traveling in Wyoming.
According to the lawsuit, they seek damages in excess of $30,000, excluding prejudgment interest, costs and attorneys’ fees.
The lawsuit filed in Sarasota County accuses Laundrie’s mother, Roberta, of blocking Schmidt on her cell phone as well as Facebook during the investigation.
He also alleges that the Laundrie family knew their son murdered Petito when they released this statement:
“We understand that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. On behalf of the Laundrie family, we hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is reunited with her family. .”
Two days later, the Petito family wrote a letter to the laundries pleading for their help, saying “please, if you or your family still have any decency, please let us know where Gabby is. “
The lawsuit says that after this plea, the laundries refused to respond to Petitos or law enforcement. He goes on to allege that while Petito’s parents searched for information about their daughter, Laundrie’s parents kept Brian’s whereabouts a secret and made arrangements for him to leave the country.
Petito and Schmidt accused the laundries of acting with malice or great indifference and extreme and scandalous conduct, which “exceeds all possible limits of decency and is considered shocking, atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community”.
The lawsuit alleges that “as a direct and immediate result of the will and malice of Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie, Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt were caused to suffer pain and suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience, loss of ability to enjoy the life lived in the past and to live in the future.”
The full trial can be found HERE.
This story was first reported by Dan Trujillo at WFTS in Tampa, Florida.