The family lawyer of Gabby Petito proposed the assumption that “additional individuals” may have to face accusations with regard to her suffocation in Wyoming over nearly two months ago.
It got in right after when officials disclosed the reason of death of Brian Laundrie, her former fiancé and the sole person of interest in her murder. He shot himself in the head in a swamped nature preserve close to his parents’ Florida home nearly two weeks after driving cross-country to get there in Petito’s van.
In a statement on Tuesday, attorney Richard Stafford said citing Petito’s parents and stepparents. “The Schmidt and Petito family has been aware of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the sole suspect in Gabby’s murder,” adding further “Gabby’s family will not be making a statement at this time due to the request of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Teton County Prosecutor’s Office.”
Witnesses have been wondering for so long if federal or local authorities have plans to charge their parents with accusations after his family made no public remark with regard to her whereabouts even after noticing that their son had reached home alone after an interstate road trip with Petito.
Laundrie’s Family Was Asked Not to Comment- Stafford
Stafford stated “The family was asked to not comment and let the FBI continue their investigation and allow the United States Attorney’s Office make a determination on whether any additional individuals will be charged.”
Steve Bertolino, who is the lawyer of Laundrie and his parents, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, stated that he won’t be making any comment on Stafford’s claims.
On 1st September, Petito’s van was picked up by a Florida license plate reader from near the Laundries’ home in North Port. But she was dead by the time in Wyoming and her remains were found after 18 days near a campsite that both of them used to share, north of Jackson in August end.
Observers called police to report a domestic incident on 12th August in Utah which involved the couple and the matter was first reported by Fox News. Moab police separated them up for the night but no charges were filed against them.
After a few days, Laundrie went home to Florida alone for a few days leaving Petito in Salt Lake City. He then flew back and both of them continued their trip.
Laundrie Was Last Seen in Late August
In late August, the girl was last seen alive in public, while she was coming out from a restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming, which is situated just miles away from the site authorities discovered her remains on 19th of September. The Teton County coroner mentioned her death a murder by suffocation.
On 13th September, Petito’s family filed a missing report of her and on 13th September, Laundrie left his parents’ home and had gone into the woods since North Port police remained unsuccessful to track where he went.
According to reports, after four days, when his parents had given up all of the guns available in their home to police, one among them wasn’t there.
For over a month, authorities were looking for him nationwide but he didn’t show up anywhere. Then his remains were found by authorities near where they were taken by his parents in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port. After a month, the examination results of a forensic anthropologist’s autopsy discovered that the cause of Laundrie’s death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Laundrie’s May Also Face Charges
According to Bertolino, his parents had proposed that he was in the area for weeks, and experts have stated that their assistance to search may help them in avoiding any probable future consequences. However, they could probably be charged.
Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor said that “Their son returned without his fiancée, and they didn’t report Gabby missing,” adding further “If they helped Brian escape law enforcement by giving him a head start, they can be charged with being accessories after the fact to murder.”
He also noted that if it found out that his parents have misled the FBI, then also they could face charges.
Rahmani said “Their eventually leading agents to Brian’s remains makes charges less likely, but what the Laundrie parents told law enforcement, and when, is key to any prosecution decision.”