SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – A confession letter written in a notebook found near Brian Laundrie’s remains on a Florida reservation has been made public. Gabby Petito’s family attorney is very concerned about her release.
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie, her 23-year-old fiancé, were on a cross-country road trip last year, documenting the trip on social media, when the former suddenly disappeared on August 25, 2021. Brian Laundrie returned to his home alone. home in North Port, Florida, with his fiancée’s vehicle.
In September, Gabby Petito’s body was found in a remote area of a national park in Wyoming. The cause of death was ruled to be strangulation.
Brian Laundrie went missing on September 17, 2021. His remains were eventually found at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park near his home and the cause of death was determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A notebook near her body contained a letter of confession, stating that Gabby Petito’s death was a mercy killing after she sustained a head injury in a fall. WWSB reports. He wrote that she was in pain and thought the killing was “merciful.”
“Please don’t make life difficult for my family,” Brian Laundrie wrote. “They lost a son and a daughter. The most wonderful girl in the world. Gabby, I’m sorry.
An ongoing civil lawsuit alleges that Christopher and Roberta Laundrie knew their son killed Gabby Petito but said nothing and were conspiring to help him flee. He seeks compensation for pain and suffering, accusing the couple of acting “with gross malice or gross disregard for the rights of Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt.”
The lawsuit also alleges that the Laundromats concealed from investigators and Gabby Petito’s parents that their son had confessed to the murder while they searched for her, intentionally inflicting emotional distress.
Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino released Brian Laundrie eight page confession letter in which he admitted being responsible for the death of Gabby Petito. He initially provided the letter to Fox News, but also provided a copy to WWSB.
In a statement, Bertolino wrote: “Today, Petito family attorney Patrick Reilly and I met with the FBI in Tampa to review and take possession of personal items belonging to Gabby and Brian. This was a previously arranged exchange to allow both the Petitos and the Laundries to receive what belonged to their respective children.
“As part of this return of property in FBI custody, I was given Brian’s notebook. I would like to share with the public the note the FBI alluded to when it said on January 21, 2022 that Brian claimed responsibility for the death of Gabby Petito. Although I have chosen to publish this letter for transparency reasons, I will not comment further as there are still proceedings pending in the Court. These are Brian’s words.”
Patrick Reilly, an attorney for the Petito family, contacted WWSB saying he was surprised that half an hour after meeting at the FBI office, the letter was released to the media. Only three people — himself, Schmidt and Bertolino — received a copy of the confession letter, Reilly said.
“We were surprised to learn that half an hour after we left the FBI office in Tampa, the letter had been published. It was not published by or on behalf of the Petitio family,” Reilly said.
Laundrie’s last request was for investigators to collect his belongings.
“Gabby hated people who litter,” she wrote at the end of the letter.
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