Gabby Petito Case: Brian Laundrie’s Family Lawyer Comments After Body Is Confirmed: ‘May Gabby Rest in Peace’

by Matthew Memrick

Steven Bertolino, the lawyer for Brian Laundrie, reportedly said, “May Gabby Rest in Peace” after Sunday’s discovery of Gabby Petito’s body.

Tampa Bay News 10 reporter Shannon Clowe captured Bertolino’s response on Twitter. She posted the communication Tuesday afternoon.

The lawyer had planned to hold a press conference on Tuesday at a Hauppauge hotel on Long Island in New York. However, Fox 5 said Bertolino scrubbed it on Monday night. 

The 23-year-old Laundrie has been missing, and the authorities consider the man as a person of interest.  

“Be advised that the whereabouts of Brian Laundrie are currently unknown,” Bertolino told local media last week.

At one point, Bertolino cut off talks with police about his client. Newsweek said that the lawyer would not talk to police about his client or Gabby Petito. He made a statement, saying “intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this.”

Social Media Not Kind To Lawyer

As a result of the public attention, the website also reported on Bertolino’s social media activity

According to his Yelp profile, the lawyer has represented clients and their families for the last 25 years on “various misdemeanor and felony issues under the penal law.”

Yelp reviews, which anonymous individuals can rate and give satisfaction grades based on service, were flooded by poor one-star reviews.

One Yelp user wrote, “may your karma own you. You are disgusting.” 

“Silence is reprehensible,” another said. “Two people left on a trip, and one person returned.”

“You could have chosen morality and justice over letter of the law and been a hero, but now you have to live with this hell on your conscience forever,” one Yelp user added.

Gabby Petito supporters have flooded the website with comments and now the website warns people new to the lawyer’s Yelp listing. The website said it has restricted posting on the site. 

Laundrie Search Is On

Clowe and others are interested in the Gabby Petito fiancé’s whereabouts.

Last week, three days after Laundrie left his parents’ home for a hike in a local nature preserve, his parents reported him missing. Tips have rolled in, pinning Laundrie in Alabama at one point. But nothing has panned out.

North Port police stopped their search efforts at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, but they have been looking in a Florida marsh area since the weekend.  

The man reportedly parked his car with a note on it, and officials discovered it days ago. Police officers have been searching for the man, dead or alive, for nearly a week.

The Carlton Reserve is a 24,565-acre preserve in Sarasota County, Florida. It has nearly 80 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

Petito Autopsy

On Sunday, officials discovered Gabby Petito’s body in Teton-Bridger National Forest in Wyoming.

While a preliminary autopsy by the Teton County coroner determined her death to be a homicide, the final autopsy report could take six weeks to complete.