Brian Laundrie's dad hikes to where his remains were found after judge allows Petito lawsuit
Brian Laundrie's father Christopher Laundrie was seen hiking at the site where his son's skeletal remains were found last October in 2021. This comes just a day after the judge ruled in the favor of Gabby Petito's parents' civil suit and stated that the Laundrie family would have to face the jury. Christopher Laundrie was seen in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Friday morning, July 1, with a hiking stick. This is the same park where Brian Laundrie's remains were found last year in October.
The exclusive photos acquired by Fox 3 Now show the 62-year-old father wearing a gray t-shirt, khaki shorts, sunglasses, and a green baseball cap during his morning hike. He then went and got into his red Dodge truck and drove off. The sighting seems unusual as this is the same place Chris and Robert, Brian's parents, joined the police while searching for their son. Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino in a phone interview with CNN host Chris Cuomo said at the time, "The probability is strong that it is Brian's remains, but we're going to wait for the forensic results to come in and verify that." Brian's parents were put under extreme scrutiny when they were able to find his remains in 30 minutes after FBI were unable to spot anything for almost 6 weeks as they combed the area. Check out the pictures here.
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The rare sighting comes a day after a Florida judge ruled in the favor of Gabby's parents, Nichole and Joe, with regard to their civil suit against the Laundrie family for causing "emotional distress". The court said that Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino's statement on behalf of the Laundries was "objectively outrageous". The court order was referring to the time that Bertolino had stated, “On behalf of the Laundrie family, it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is reunited with her family.” But Petito family attorney Patrick Reilly has accused them in court of giving Petito's family false hope and causing emotional distress through that statement as the Laundrie family allegedly knew that Gabby was already dead.
Gabby Petito's mysterious murder case
Gabby Petito was a 22-year-old woman who went on a cross-county trip with her fiance, Brian Laundrie. She was last seen on August 24, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was later found dead on September 19 in Grand Teton National Park and the cause of the death was said to be strangulation. According to a Fox News report, the couple left their home at 7.15 A.M. local time when they were trailed by two men in hiking gear. Brian was last seen on September 13, 2021.
Judge Hunter, in the ruling, wrote, "Because the Laundries' statement by their attorney in the context of the unique faces of this case is objectively outrageous, the Court concludes that Plaintiffs [Petitos] have stated causes of actions for intentional infliction of emotional distress against the Laundries. If the facts of this case truly were about silence with no affirmative act by the Laundries, the Court would have resolved this case in the Laundries’ favor on the concept of legal duty. But they did not stay silent."