The attorney representing the family of Gabby Petito hinted, through written statements, that there is a possibility that the authorities may file charges against other people in connection with the death of the young woman, whose body was found on September 19 in Bridger-Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Richard Stafford, legal representative of the victim’s parents, Nichole Schmidt and Joe Petito, stated in the statements that “The family was asked not to comment and to allow the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and the Prosecutor’s Office continue with their investigation to determine if charges will be filed against other people”.

The authorized expressions of Petito’s parents come a few days after the authorities revealed that Brian Laundrie – Petito’s boyfriend and the only person who, at this time, was wanted in connection with the death by strangulation of the young woman – died. from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Laundrie’s remains, and several of his belongings, were found on October 20 at the Carlton Nature Reserve in Florida, near the residence of his parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie..

“The Schmidt and Petito family are aware of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the only suspect in Gabby’s murder. Gabby’s family will not comment at this time at the request of the Department of Justice and the Teton County Prosecutor’s Office, ”said the attorney in the brief.

Steve Bertolino, Chris and Roberta Laundrie’s attorney, indicated that they would also not comment or comment at this time on the statements issued by Stafford.

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Laundrie’s parents may face charges for allegedly trying to help their son evade authorities. Chris and Roberta Laundrie turned in all the guns they had at their Florida residence, which they shared with their son and Petito, to police, but a gun did not appear. It is believed that this pistol was the one that Brian Laundrie used to commit suicide.

Although Laundrie’s parents insisted, for weeks, that their son was in the area of ​​the Reserva Natural Carlton, the fact that Brian returned to Florida in August without Petito and that they did not report his possible disappearance could expose them to cover-up charges.

Petito was reported missing on September 11. Four days later, authorities named Brian Laundrie a person of interest in connection with Petito’s disappearance.; at that time, Laundrie’s parents hired an attorney and chose not to speak to authorities. However, officers guarding the residence caught when Brian Laundrie left his parents’ home on September 13 and returned two days later. However, officers confused the person who got out of the car on September 15: it was actually Roberta, and not Brian.

His parents reported him missing on September 17 after not hearing from him since he left on September 13.

Petito was last seen alive in late August, while leaving a restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming.


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