Gabby Petito Case: Could Brian Laundrie’s Parents Face Tampering Charges?

by Samantha Whidden
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Following the news that Gabby Petito’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie died from a gunshot wound to the head, those continuing to follow the case are now wondering if Laundrie’s parents could actually face evidence tampering charges. 

According to The Sun, an ex-FBI agent is now claiming that the evidence tampering charges may happen due to the fact that a gun went missing from the home of Gabby Petito’s boyfriend. “I think the Laundries have possible capability under 18 U.S.C. 3, which is accessory after the fact,” Jennifer Coffindaff, the ex-FBI agent explained. The former agent also stated that they may have charges under 18 U.S.C. 1519. Which is an obstruction in terms of if they tampered with any evidence after the crime was committed. 

It was revealed that Brian Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta, turned over all of the guns in their home to the FBI after their son. Laundrie, who was a person of interest in Gabby Petito’s disappearance, went missing himself on September 13th. One of the guns was reportedly missing. It is not confirm to be the gun Laundrie was using to kill himself.

Forensic scientist Larry Koblinsky also states he believes the family of Gabby Petito’s boyfriend may find themselves dealing with legal issues due to the situation. “The likelihood is that [Brian Laundrie] didn’t do this alone,” Koblinsky explained. The forensic professional then noted that Laundrie may have had assistance. 

“And whoever did help him can be penalized,” Koblinksy shared. “[They] can suffer legal consequences for aiding and abetting his escape.”

Laundrie Family Attorney States the Missing Gun Wasn’t Made Public Due to Atmosphere Surrounding the Case

On Friday (November 26th), the Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino, told CNN that Brian’s parents discovered a handgun was missing when they voluntarily surrendered their firearms to law enforcement.

“It was best for that information to not be public,” Bertolino told the media outlet. “Imagine, with the frenzied atmosphere at the time. If the public thought, Brian had a gun. I cannot speak to why [law enforcement] did not reveal the info. But we spoke about it at the time. And I believe they felt as I did it.”

Brian Laundrie went missing on September 13th. This day is significant because it was two days after the family of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, filed a missing person’s report. The couple went on a cross country road trip at the beginning of the summer. But Laundrie came back in Petito’s van alone on September 1st. Laundrie did not share where Petito was. Authorities found her body in Grand Teton National Park.

After over a month of searching, authorities discovered skeletal remains in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on October 20th. The remains belong to Laundrie.