The story of Gabby Petito’s disappearance and death captivated the nation months ago, as it twisted and turned from Wyoming to Florida and back again, but it appears that the saga isn’t quite over yet.
Petito’s body was discovered near a campsite where she and then-fiancé Brian Laundri had stayed during a cross country road trip. When Laundrie arrived back home in Florida, (in Gabby’s van, no less), suspicions began to swirl. Laundrie remained tight lipped until he walked off into the woods one day, only to have his partial remains discovered weeks later, complete with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a journal containing a confession.
Now, Gabby Petito’s parents have announced a major lawsuit in the case.
Lawyers for Gabby Petito’s parents announced Monday that they will file a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against the Moab Police Department, two officers who interacted with her just days before her death and two former leaders.
The family alleges that Moab officers Eric Pratt and Daniel Robbins failed to properly handle a 911 call in which a witness claimed he saw Brian Laundrie hitting Petito and trying to steal her phone and drive off without her in the middle of downtown Moab.
The lawsuit alleges misconduct on the part of authorities.
Fox News Digital was first to report the Aug. 12, 2021, domestic 911 call last year. Roughly two weeks after Moab police pulled over the couple in the entranceway to Arches National Park, Laundrie is believed to have bludgeoned Petito and strangled her to death at a Bridger-Teton National Forest campground in Wyoming, where they’d traveled as part of their cross-country van-life road trip.Advertisement - story continues below
“Had the officers involved had training to implement proper lethality assessment and to recognize the obvious indicators of abuse, it would have been clear to them that Gabby was a victim of intimate partner violence and needed immediate protection,” Brian Stewart, a lawyer for the family, said in a statement.
The attorney also cited a photograph of the incident, never revealed to the public, that suggest that Gabby had blood smeared across her face, potentially from an incident in which Brian may have restricted her airway.
Petito’s cause of death was determined to be strangulation.