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The parents of Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old whose disappearance and murder last year spurred intense speculation, have filed a lawsuit against police in Utah, claiming that they could have saved her life.

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Petito talking to an officer after police pulled over the van she was travelling in with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, on August 12, 2021,

The Moab Police Department

The parents of Petito filed a complaint in Utah saying that if the police had followed Utah laws on domestic violence, Petito would be alive today.

The officers who spoke to Petito and Laundrie in August were negligent because they failed to recognize telltale signs of domestic abuse and misidentifying Laundrie as the victim, according to the lawsuit.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, one of the police officers who questioned Petito was biased against her because she had once threatened to kill a woman.

The officers were not adequately trained on domestic violence issues and sought out loopholes in Utah law to avoid following nondiscretionary laws.

In August, the Petitos indicated that they were going to file a lawsuit against the Laundries, who they said hindered the search for Petito by protecting him.

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She could have been protected that day. We don't want this to happen to anyone else because there are laws in place to protect victims.


The police department in Moab was not responsible for Petito's death. According to the city, the attorneys for the Petito family seem to suggest that our officers could see into the future based on this single interaction.


The domestic incident between Petito and Laundrie took place in August. An anonymous witness called the police after seeing Laundrie slap Petito and then drive off. When the two were pulled over, Petito said she was suffering a mental health crisis, and the officers told them to stay apart. Officer Robbins noted in his report that Petito appeared to be in extreme distress and was unable to speak.

Key Background

The disappearance of Petito was reported ten days after Laundrie returned home to Florida. According to Petito's parents, they last spoke to Petito on August 25 and that they believed messages that were sent five days later were actually sent by Laundrie pretending to be Petito. The corpse of Petito was found in Wyoming on September 18. Three days after Laundrie went hiking at the Carlton Reserve, his parents reported him missing. The Laundrie family attorney said that he died by suicide in October. He wrote in a journal that he was responsible for Petito's death.

The officer in Moab was biased against Petito because of his past.

There is a wrongful death claim against the Utah police department.