Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito
The dad and mom of a US blogger who authorities say was strangled by her boyfriend have launched a letter from the alleged killer’s mom during which she talks about burying a physique.
Gabby Petito’s household is suing the dad and mom of her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, for emotional misery.
A choose dominated on Wednesday the Petitos can embody of their civil lawsuit Roberta Laundrie’s letter to her son.
The dying of Petito, 22, two years in the past drew nationwide consideration.
Laundrie shot himself after his girlfriend was discovered strangled in a Wyoming campground.
His dad and mom – who haven’t been charged with any crime in reference to Petito’s dying – had requested the choose to maintain the letter out of the case.
Within the observe, Mrs Laundrie writes to her son: “Should you’re in jail I’ll bake a cake and put a file in it.
“If you must eliminate a physique. I’ll present up with a shovel and rubbish baggage.”
She wrote “burn after studying” on the envelope that contained the letter.
In a beforehand filed courtroom doc, Mrs Laundrie stated the letter merely contained “quirky” references to her son’s favorite childhood books.
She additionally stated she wrote the letter earlier than her son left on his cross-country journey with Petito.
However the Petito household stated in an announcement to the BBC on Thursday that “an affordable inference is it was written after Gabby Petito was murdered”.
In courtroom on Wednesday, CNN stories that Petito household legal professional Patrick Reilly stated of the letter: “These are prison acts, by the best way, that Roberta Laundrie has stated she would commit.”
Sarasota Circuit Court docket Choose Danielle Brewer declined to concern an order blocking using the letter within the case.
Final 12 months, the Petito and Laundrie households reached a $3m (£2.4m) settlement in a wrongful dying lawsuit filed by Petito’s dad and mom.
The couple had been documenting their cross-country street journey on social media following their engagement earlier than Laundrie returned alone to his household dwelling in North Port, Florida, in September 2021 with out her.
Her physique was found close to Wyoming’s Grand Teton Nationwide Park later that month.
Laundrie’s physique was discovered a month later in a Florida nature protect close to his dad and mom’ dwelling, the FBI stated.
The letter was found by investigators.
Petito’s disappearance and the aftermath of the investigation captured the curiosity of US web sleuths.