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Prosecutors consider indicting ‘more people’ in Gabby Petito’s murder, family lawyer said after Brian Laundrie’s cause of death was confirmed


Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito.North Port Police Department

  • Counsel for Gabby Petito’s family said prosecutors were considering “additional” charges in her case.

  • The comment came after an autopsy revealed that Petito’s fiancee, Brian Laundrie, had committed suicide.

  • Laundrie was the only “person of interest” in the disappearance and murder of 22-year-old Petito.

Prosecutors are considering indicting “additional people” in the disappearance and murder of YouTuber Gabby Petito, her family’s lawyer said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement was released hours after a Florida medical examiner determined that Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie, 23, had committed suicide.

“The Schmidt and Petito family were aware of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the sole suspect in Gabby’s murder,” lawyer Richard Stafford said in the statement. (Schmidt is Petito’s mother’s last name.)

“The family have been asked not to comment and to let the FBI continue its investigation and allow the United States Attorney’s Office to determine if other people will be charged.”

Laundrie was the only “person of interest” in the Petito case, and an arrest warrant was issued for her on a charge of missing Petito’s debit card.

He has never been accused of injuring or killing Petito, which legal experts have told Insider.

His remains were discovered next to his backpack on October 20 in the Carlton Reservation in Florida. His cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Florida District 12 Medical Examiner’s Office.

Steven Bertolino, a lawyer for the Laundrie family, told Insider that Laundrie’s parents have been made aware of the medical examiner’s findings.

“Chris and Roberta are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these discoveries will end both families,” Bertolino said.

Bertolino told Insider that after Laundrie’s parents officially reported her missing on September 17, they also returned five or six guns they had stored in their home – but one was missing.

It is not known if the missing weapon is the one Laundrie used to kill himself. It is also not known if there was a gun among Laundrie’s belongings next to where he was found.

Laundrie’s family had previously said they would not hold a funeral for their son.

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