(DailyDig.com) – On Tuesday, Dec 6th, Gabby Petito’s parents added attorney Steven Bertolino to a civil complaint against Brian Laundrie’s parents, calling Bertolino “insensitive, cold-hearted and outrageous” for expressing the Laundrie family’s hope that authorities would recover Gabby’s remains in September 2021.
Gabby’s parents, Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, sued Christopher and Roberta Laundrie earlier this year, alleging they knew their son killed Gabby and where her remains were but refused to say anything.
When they did comment, it was via statements provided by Steven Bertolino, including a statement on September 14, 2021 that it was the Laundrie family’s wish that the hunt for Miss Petito was successful and that Miss Petito would be reunited with her family.
The September 14th statement was rude, cold-hearted, and disgusting since the Laundries and Steven Bertolino already knew Gabby Petito was dead.
Gabby vanished in late August 2021 while on a road trip across the country with Brian. Brian arrived to his family’s house in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1st. Gabby’s parents reported their daughter missing on Sept. 11th.
Bertolino’s comment to the Laundries during Gabby’s search is the lawsuit’s emphasis. In early September, the Laundries went camping despite knowing Brian murdered Gabby and where her remains were.
Gabby’s corpse was located on Sept. 19th and forensics determined her death a murder by strangulation and blunt-force injuries to the head and neck.
On Sept. 13th, Brian left his family’s home for Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, where his corpse was located on Oct. 20, 2021. A self-inflicted gunshot killed him.
The message beside his corpse admitted that he killed her. He believed her death was compassionate and that she wanted it that way, but he panicked and realized he made a mistake.
The Petito family’s wrongful death case against Brian’s estate settled last month for $3 million.
Gabby’s family also sued the Moab Officers Department for $50 million, alleging that police mishandled a 911 call after an eyewitness saw Brian beating Gabby and trying to grab her phone weeks before her death. The lawsuit names the department, two call-answering personnel, and two past commanders.
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