Gabby Petito’s family attorney floated the notion that “additional individuals” may face charges in connection together with her strangling in Wyoming greater than two months in the past.

It got here shortly after authorities revealed the reason for loss of life of Brian Laundrie her former fiancé and the one particular person of curiosity in her slaying. He shot himself within the head in a swampy nature protect close to his dad and mom’ Florida residence roughly two weeks after driving cross-country to get there in Petito’s van.

“The Schmidt and Petito family has been aware of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the sole suspect in Gabby’s murder,” attorney Richard Stafford stated in an announcement Tuesday, referring to Petito’s dad and mom and stepparents. “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.”

Screengrabs from police bodycam in Moab, Utah, on Aug. 12 present the couple following a home violence name.


Observers have lengthy questioned whether or not federal or native authorities deliberate to convey any charges against the dad and mom after their son got here residence alone from an interstate highway journey with Petito and the family made no public remark about her whereabouts.

 “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,” Stafford stated.

Images captured exclusively by Fox News show Chris and Roberta Laundrie in the  Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on the day authorities found their son's remains and personal belongings, including this dry bag.

Images captured solely by Fox News present Chris and Roberta Laundrie within the  Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on the day authorities discovered their son’s stays and private belongings, together with this dry bag.
(Michael Ruiz/Fox News Digital)

Steve Bertolino, the attorney for Laundrie and his dad and mom, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, stated he wouldn’t be making a touch upon Stafford’s remarks.

A Florida license plate reader picked up Petito’s van close to the Laundries’ residence in North Port on Sept. 1. But she was already useless in Wyoming, found 18 days later close to a campsite the couple shared north of Jackson in late August.


On Aug. 12 in Utah, witnesses referred to as police to report a home incident involving the couple, Fox News Digital was first to report. Moab police break up them up for the night time however filed no charges.

Days later, Laundrie flew residence to Florida alone for a couple of days and left Petito in Salt Lake City. He flew again, they usually continued their journey briefly.

She was final seen alive in public in late August, leaving a restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming, simply miles away from the place authorities would discover her stays on Sept. 19. The Teton County coroner dominated her loss of life a murder by strangulation. 

Images captured exclusively by Fox News show Chris and Roberta Laundrie in the  Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, searching for signs of their son on the same day authorities found his remains and personal belongings.

Images captured solely by Fox News present Chris and Roberta Laundrie within the  Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, looking for indicators of their son on the identical day authorities discovered his stays and private belongings.
(Michael Ruiz/Fox News Digital)


Petito’s family reported her lacking on Sept. 11. On Sept. 13, Laundrie left his dad and mom’ residence and went into the woods as North Port police failed to trace his whereabouts.

When his dad and mom surrendered the entire weapons of their residence to police 4 days later, one was lacking, Fox News Digital was first to report. 

For greater than a month, a nationwide manhunt turned up no outcomes. Then authorities discovered his stays close to the place his dad and mom led them within the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port. A month later, the outcomes of a forensic anthropologist’s post-mortem discovered that Laundrie died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Gabby Petito poses for an Instagram photo in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Gabby Petito poses for an Instagram picture in Bryce Canyon National Park.

His dad and mom had insisted he was within the space for weeks, in accordance with Bertolino, and consultants have stated that their cooperation within the search may assist them keep away from future charges. However charges could possibly be doable.

“Their son returned without his fiancée, and they didn’t report Gabby missing,” famous Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor. “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.”

They may additionally face charges if it may be confirmed that they lied to the FBI, he added.

“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,” Rahmani stated.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline could be reached by calling 800-273-8255.

For those that don’t need to converse to a counselor, there’s additionally a nationwide Crisis Text Line accessible 24/7 by texting “home” to 741741.