Gabby Petito’s mother and father file a $50 million lawsuit in opposition to the Moab Police Division
Gabby was reported missing in September 2021 when she failed to return home with Brian after an overland trip. The 22-year-old’s remains were discovered in Wyoming later this month.
Brian, who was named as a person of interest but never a suspect in Gabby’s disappearance, had returned to Florida without his fiancé. He disappeared during the police investigation into Gabby’s case and was found dead in North Port, Florida in October 2021. Authorities say Brian accepted “responsibility” for Gabby’s death in a written confession in a notebook found with his remains.
Since her death, Gabby’s parents have also filed a civil lawsuit against Brian’s parents. Christopher laundry and Roberta Laundry, arguing that they allegedly knew that Brian had murdered Gabby and were keeping his whereabouts a secret from investigators. The laundries have denied these claims. The laundries filed a motion to dismiss the case, but their motion was denied by a judge, according to court documents obtained by E! News on June 30th. The first hearing for the case was held on June 22. The laundries filed a motion Oct. 27 asking that their testimony in the case be qualified, according to court documents obtained by E! News Nov 3
Additionally, in May, Gabby’s mother filed a separate wrongful death lawsuit against the curator of Brian’s estate, seeking $30,000 in damages. No trial date has been set.
At that time the lawyer for the laundries Stephen Bertolino said E! News that the wrongful death lawsuit was “fully expected.”
“This lawsuit will most likely not be defended and the Petitos will have gained nothing more than a piece of paper telling them what everyone already knows,” Bertolino said, “which is that Brian was responsible for Gabby’s death, as stated by the FBI.” “