Gabby Petito Case: Family Speaks to Media, Announces Foundation


BOHEMIA, NY -- Once again, they called on Brian Laundrie to turn himself in. But Gabby Petito's relatives also revealed plans for a foundation in her name and expressed appreciation for searchers and media who played a role in the search that led to her body, in a news conference at their lawyer's office on Long Island.

The Gabby Petito Foundation would offer support to other families of missing individuals.

Petito's relatives showed tattoos they had received with a design and the words, "Let it Be," based on artwork they said was created by Petito.

Richard Stafford, the family's attorney, said the Laundrie family hadn't helped them find Gabby Petito, and "they sure (are) not going to help us find Brian."

Laundrie was Petito's fiance and the only person of interest in her death. He faces a criminal indictment in Wyoming federal court, accused of using Petito's debit card and PIN numbers to raid her bank accounts after she died. He's been missing for two weeks, the subject of a search in the Carlton Reserve nature area near North Port, now scaled back.

Celebrities including John Walsh and Dog the Bounty Hunter have offered their own observations on Laundrie's whereabouts. The family said they encouraged everyone to share tips with law enforcement. Petito's stepfather said they have spoken with Jenn Bethune, the Florida travel blogger who spotted Petito's van on a video shot in Wyoming, shortly before searchers discovered her body there.

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