scheduled tribe. PETERSBURG, Fla. ( Associated Press) – The families of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundry have won a $3 million settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit after authorities concluded she strangled him during an August 2021 road trip across the United States .
The settlement was signed Thursday by Sarasota County, Florida Judge Hunter W. Carroll. An attorney for Petito’s parents said the money would go to the Gabby Petito Foundation, which is dedicated to locating missing persons and combating domestic violence.
“The Petito family lost their daughter and were denied the opportunity to confront her killer,” attorney Patrick Reilly said in an email. “No amount of money is enough to compensate the Petito family for the loss of their daughter, Gabby, at the hands of Brian Laundry.”
The lawsuit, filed in May, said the laundry was liable for damages because it caused Petito’s death. In a separate trial still pending in Sarasota, Laundry’s parents intentionally concealed that he confessed to killing Petito from their travels in a customized van in September 2021 before returning home to Florida.
Christopher and Roberta Laundry denied that allegation.
Petito’s disappearance on the trip and the subsequent discovery of her body in a national park in Wyoming on September 19, 2021, became a national obsession, which continued during a lengthy police search for Laundry in a swampy Florida nature preserve.
Laundry’s remains were discovered in October 2021 and investigators say he shot himself and left a note confessing to the murder, according to the FBI.
It is highly unlikely that there is $3 million in the laundry estate. Reilly’s attorney stated that this was an arbitrary number, but that the Petito Foundation would benefit from any amount that is collected.