Gabby Petito Lawyer Says 'Additional Individuals' May Face Charges in Her Murder

The lawyer representing the family of Gabby Petito has referred to the possibility that "other individuals" may be charged in connection with her death in Wyoming.

The comment by the attorney Richard Stafford comes after authorities said Petito's partner, Brian Laundrie, had died after shooting himself in the head near his parents' home in Florida.

Laundrie was a person of interest in the death of Petito and the discovery of his body on October 19 in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park near his parents' home in Florida followed a month-long search by law enforcement.

There has been speculation over whether any charges would be brought against Laundrie's parents, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie.

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Gabby Petito, whose remains were found on September 19, 2021, is seen in Utah's Moab Police Department footage. The lawyer for Petito's family has referred to the possibility that "additional individuals" may be charged over her death. Moab Police Department

They had been under scrutiny for not commenting on Petito or where she might be, even though their son came home alone from a road trip the couple had started on together.

Authorities confirmed that human remains found in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park on September 19 belonged to Petito. An autopsy ruled her death was a homicide by strangulation, which had likely occurred weeks before she was found.

Stafford said in a statement Tuesday that Gabby Petito's family "has been aware of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the sole suspect in Gabby's murder."

His statement added that her family had been asked to not comment and to let the FBI continue their investigation "and allow the United States Attorney's Office make a determination on whether any additional individuals will be charged."

"When that determination is made, we will have a statement," he added without mentioning any names.

Former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani said if the couple helped Brian Laundrie escape law enforcement "by giving him a head start, they can be charged with being accessories after the fact to murder."

Laundrie returned to his parents' home in the van the couple had been traveling in 10 days before she was reported missing. Experts have said that the parents' cooperation in the search could help them avoid charges.

"Their eventually leading agents to Brian's remains makes charges less likely," Rahmani said to Fox 13, "but what the Laundrie parents told law enforcement, and when, is key to any prosecution decision."

In a statement to Newsweek on Wednesday, Steven Bertolino, the lawyer who represents the Laundries, said: "I have no reason to believe any charges will be filed against Chris and Roberta Laundrie with respect to this case."

Bertolino had told Newsweek on Tuesday that the couple "are still mourning the loss of their son and are hopeful that these findings bring closure to both families."

Newsweek has contacted Stafford for comment.