Ms Petito’s parents Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt are suing the Laundries in Florida’s Sarasota County Circuit Court alleging that Chris and Roberta Laundrie deliberately withheld that their son had killed the vlogger before she was reported missing.
At a hearing on Wednesday, the Petito’s attorney Pat Reilly said the Laundries were liable for her death for not reporting what they knew.
“It’s about what they did with the information they had. They could have made an anonymous phone call and said where the body was located.
“They knew starting on August 28th that Gabby was dead, they knew where her body was,” Mr Reilly said.
Mr Reilly cited a statement made through the Laundrie attorney Steve Bertolino on 16 September as search parties combed the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming for Ms Petito.
“On behalf of the Laundrie family it is our hope that the search for Ms Petito is successful and that Ms Petito is reunited with her family,” the statement read.