The amended lawsuit, filed by Pettito’s parents, alleges that the Laundry family went on vacation to Fort de Soto Park in Florida, while the Petito family was “in a very distraught state” and trying to locate her.
Records from the county show that the new reservation was made by Roberta Laundry on September 3, two days after her son returned home. The changed reservation was scheduled to begin on September 6 for three people at Fort De Soto Park, about 75 miles from the family’s home.
The lawsuit alleges that the Laundry family went on vacation “knowing that Brian Laundry had murdered Gabriel Pettito, and they believed they knew where her body was, and they also knew that Gabriel Pettito’s parents were trying to locate her.”
Lawyers for the Landry family told CNN they are confident the case will be dismissed, adding in a statement: “The allegations in the amended complaint may now fit the valid arguments but do not lead to liability under the law. Thus, we remain confident that the court will dismiss the lawsuit.”
Laundry’s remains were later found on a Florida reserve and the coroner ruled that he had committed suicide. Nearby, authorities found a notebook in which they said Londry claimed responsibility for Pettito’s death.
The lawsuit accuses Laundry’s parents of behaving in an “extreme and outrageous manner” for several reasons, including not informing Pettito’s parents that she had died and the location of her remains and taking leave with their son while the Pettito family was searching for a young woman.
There is no specific monetary amount included in the lawsuit, but Pettito’s parents are seeking damages in excess of $30,000.