Ever since Gabby Petito was reported missing in September 2021, her parents have been fighting tirelessly for justice. Petito had gone on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, only for the man to return home without her. As CNN summarized, Petito’s remains were found just eight days after the missing person’s report was filed in Teton County. Laundrie went on the run and was confirmed to have died by suicide a month later.
Although Laundrie can no longer be held accountable and Petito cannot be brought back, Joe Petito and Nichole Schmidt do not give up the fight. They’ve turned their attention to Laundrie’s withdrawn parents who may have played a role in covering up their son’s crimes. According to NBC News, the Petito parents first filed a civil lawsuit against the Laundrie estate in March, alleging that the Laundries obstructed the investigation into Petito’s disappearance.
Since then, the laundries have faced another lawsuit… and the petitos have won other small victories.
Joe Petito is confident the truth will come out
Gabby Petito’s parents have now filed two lawsuits against the laundries. In May, CNN reported that Nichole Schmidt was seeking compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Steven Bertolino, the laundry’s attorney, was largely dismissive. “This lawsuit will most likely not be defended and the Petitos will have won nothing more than a piece of paper telling them what everyone already knows, which is that Brian was responsible for Gabby’s death,” he wrote to the news outlet.
As for the earlier civil suit, the laundries have sought a legal dismissal. As reported by CBS News, Bertolino called the allegations of emotional distress “baseless” and “frivolous” and argued the laundries were exercising their freedom of speech by remaining silent about Petito’s disappearance. They filed a motion to have the case dismissed.
However, WFLA reported that a Florida District Court judge denied the laundries’ requests and the lawsuit was allowed. Joe Petito took to Twitter to share the news and celebrated with the hashtags “#thetruthwillberevealed #justiceforGabby #GabbyPetito”. His sentiment echoes that of Schmidt, who tweeted the day Laundrie’s Notebook confession to the murder was released. On the pages he claimed it was a mercy killing. “I’m fed up,” she wrote. “#narcissistic #the truth is revealed #selfish #we don’t want to stop.” Her letter was accompanied by an image of a quote that read, “Narcissists rewrite history to avoid accountability.”
If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic violence, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. You can also visit their website for more information, resources, and support.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.