Brian Laundrie's parents sent settlement proposal to Gabby Petito's, report says

Brian Laundrie’s parents sent settlement proposal to Gabby Petito’s, report says

(As originally published with additional photos, Thu, October 19th 2023, 10:20 PM EDT)

TAMPA, Fla. (TND) — There could be some closure for the parents of Gabby Petito, more than two years since she disappeared and was murdered by her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.

WFLA-TV reported Laundrie’s parents sent a settlement proposal to Petito’s parents, who sued for emotional distress, alleging Brian’s mother had written a letter to her son containing references to “bringing a shovel” and burying a body.

The Laundrie family’s lawyer had said the letter was written before Brian and Gabby’s cross-country trip and that “its creation really doesn’t have any relation necessarily to the unfortunate events that unfolded thereafter.”

FBI: Brian Laundrie's writing claimed responsibility for Gabby Petito's death
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie went on a cross-country trip in July. Laundrie returned home in her vehicle in September. Police found her remains in Wyoming on Sept. 18, 2021. (CNN Newsource)

Gabby, 22, disappeared during a road trip with Brian, which included stops in Utah. She was formally reported missing on Sept. 11, 2021.

Then, just over a week of searching, her body was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest and her death was ruled a homicide. Authorities concluded Gabby died from “blunt-force injuries to the head and neck, with manual strangulation.”

Before that, on Aug. 12, 2021, Gabby and Brian were stopped by Moab police near Arches National Park. Public records show police were called after a witness saw the couple arguing.

One of the two officers reported Gabby was “crying uncontrollably” and “struggling with her mental health.”

Brian Laundrie's parents sent settlement proposal to Gabby Petito's, report says
The North Port (Florida) Police Department said late Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, that they’d finished speaking with the Laundrie family in detail for the first time. (North Port Police Dept.)

No charges were made in the incident and Gabby’s family sued the police department for $50 million, saying the officers mishandled the domestic violence incident.

Later, the Utah law firm representing the Petito family released a photo of Gabby with injuries to her face. The firm stated the cuts and bruises were visible at the time of the traffic stop.

Brian ultimately disappeared and committed suicide near his parents’ Florida home before officials obtained a letter in which he admitted to killing Gabby.

The families already reached a $3 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed after authorities concluded Brian strangled Gabby.

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