Gabby Petito’s family is suing the parents of Brian Laundrie, saying the couple knew about Petito’s death and still tried to help their son escape the country.
Nichole Schmidt and Joseph Petito argue in the lawsuit that Chris and Roberta Laundrie were aware that their son had killed Gabby – assisting him in several attempts to evade authorities that ultimately culminated in his suicide in a Florida swamp.
The Laundries’ response to their son’s actions was ‘shocking, atrocious, and utterly intolerable,’ the lawsuit, which was filed in Sarasota County, Florida, states.
The suit also claims that Gabby suffered blunt force injuries to the face and neck. A previous report by the coroner’s office had determined she died by strangulation, but made no mention of other injuries.
The entire saga began when Petito embarked with Laundrie on a cross-country road trip in July, with the pair hoping to become ‘van life’ influencers documenting their daily lives on social media. But their dreams seemed to vanish during a brush with police in August, when authorities in Utah responded to a domestic violence incident between the two.
Just a few days later on September 1, Laundrie, 23, returned to Florida without her. He was named a person of interest in her disappearance on September 15, but himself vanished two days after that.
Petito was found strangled to death near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 19. Authorities later said that she had been dead for three to four weeks before the discovery.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Andrea Blanco and Adam Manno