Parents of Gabby Petito Are Suing Utah Police

Parents of Gabby Petito Are Suing Utah Police

Gabby Petito UPDATE – A New Decision Has Been Made

( – The parents of Gabby Petito, who was murdered by her fiancé last year, plan to sue a Utah police department over their daughter’s death. Police in Moab, Utah, were among the last individuals to see Petito alive. Did they take an apparent domestic argument seriously enough?

Petito’s mother and stepfather, Nicole and Jim Schmidt, are seeking $50 million in the suit, which has been filed and approved by a Florida judge. Their goal is to hold Moab law enforcement accountable for failing to realize on time that their daughter had potentially been a victim of domestic violence throughout her relationship with fiancé Brian Laundrie. The Schmidts say police should have realized her daughter was in danger and could have saved her life by taking appropriate actions.

Last August, Moab police were alerted about a couple who seemed to be having a violent argument in the street before driving off in a van. The couple turned out to be Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie.

After a brief back and forth to verify the couple’s statements, the officers concluded that Petito may have been the perpetrator; however, she and Laundrie pleaded with cops not to charge her with domestic violence. The officers then found Laundrie a place to sleep overnight, while Petito stayed in their van. Days later, Laundrie committed the crime; he strangled her to death and dumped her body in a Wyoming national park. Shortly after her murder, he committed suicide.

Will Petito’s parents achieve long-sought justice for their daughter’s wrongful death? Should law enforcement do better in situations like these?

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