Gabby Petito Memorial Removed From Laundrie Family Home by City for Sign Code Violations

A memorial for Gabby Petito has been removed from Brian Laundrie's family home by the city of North Port, Florida for what the city said was a violation of sign code violations.

Fox News first reported that the memorial, which included pictures and signs showing support for Petito, was removed late on Wednesday night.

"Ahead of severe weather today, the City of North Port has received several complaints about signs located on Wabasso Ave.," North Port Police Department Public Information Officer Josh Taylor said in a statement sent to Newsweek. "Per City Sign Code and stormwater code, these signs are in violation and are not allowed in the road right-of-way."

According to Taylor, the signs on the lawn of the Laundrie family home violated three North Port city codes. Two of the city code violations were related to the "accumulation of debris," and the "maintenance of stormwater drainage area," according to Taylor.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, the Laundrie's family attorney Steven Bertolino said, "It is my understanding that North Port Code Enforcement removed all items from the front lawn on their own accord."

As Taylor said in his statement, Florida is expected to face "severe" weather conditions on Thursday, with the National Weather Service in Tampa Bay issuing a tornado watch.

"First round of storms has moved across most of the area. Round 2 is already approaching our northern counties! Gusty winds, isolated tornadoes and heavy downpours are expected through this afternoon. Stay alert!" the National Weather Service said in a tweet on Thursday morning.

The memorial for Petito was erected on the lawn of the Laundrie home when she was first reported missing following a road trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. After Petito was reported missing, the Laundrie family refused to talk to law enforcement, following advice from Bertolino, prompting a wave of protests to occur outside of their home.

Petito's remains were eventually found in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park and the Teton County Coroner ruled that she died by manual strangulation.

Prior to the discovery of Petito's remains, Laundrie reportedly went for a hike in Florida's Carlton Reserve and never returned home. Laundrie, the sole person of interest in Petito's disappearance and death, was missing for over a month with law enforcement focusing their search inside the Carlton Reserve.

On October 20, skeletal remains were found in the reserve along with some of Laundrie's belongings. A day later, the FBI in Denver announced that a comparison of dental records confirmed the remains were Laundrie's.

An autopsy was performed on Laundrie's remains but Bertolino said that the results came back inconclusive. According to Bertolino, the remains were sent to an anthropologist for "further evaluation."

Laundrie's cause and time of death have yet to be released as officials are awaiting the results of DNA analysis.

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A memorial for Gabby Petito has been removed from the Laundrie family home by the city of North Port, Florida due to a violation sign codes. Above, FBI agents took away possible evidence from the home of Brian Laundrie, on September 21, 2021 in North Port, Florida. Octavio Jones/Getty