Gabby Petito’s mom, Nichole Schmidt, has made new filings in regards to her daughter’s murder. Records show that Schmidt filed a claim, requesting her late daughter’s personal belongings back.
According to the Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino, this request is standard. “This is a mere formality. Mrs. Schmidt is seeking Gabby’s possessions,” Bertolino said. Nichole is specifically requesting to recover all of her daughter’s belongings from the Laundrie family home in North Port. Bertolino says “Arrangements will be made, and they will be given to Gabby’s family without contest.”
Gabby Petito’s Mom Wants Her ‘Personal Property’ Back
The claim filed by Nichole Schmidt does not specify any particular article of Gabby’s. Accordingly, it is unknown which of her belongings the lawsuit may include. The claim simply reads, “The basis for the claim is possession or control of personal property of Gabby Petito.
Further, it states: “The amount of the claim is unknown and is both now due and will become due on the release of personal property. The claim is contingent or unliquidated because it is unknown if the decedent’s final photos, videos and words are contained in the property.”
This claim reportedly follows a December 8 filing made by Brian Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie. The couple filed a petition to gain access to their late son’s estate, asking to become administrators. Records show the couple submitted a death certificate for Brian, complete with information regarding his property and bank accounts. Court records show at the time of his death, Brian Laundrie had $20,000 in his bank account.
Reports Surrounding Laundrie’s Death Raises Eyebrows
Laundrie allegedly spent $1,000 on Gabby Petito’s debit card a few days after her death. Keeping this in mind, $20,000 to his name at the time of death raised questions.
This news emerged while Laundrie was missing. Reports broke earlier this year that Laundrie allegedly used an “unauthorized Capital One debit card” in the District of Wyoming. From August 31st to September 1st, he allegedly ran up a balance of $1,000 on the card. The first swipe occured 4 days after Petito went missing.
Authorities issued a warrant issued for Laundrie’s arrest on fraud-related charges in connection to this accusation. However, Laundrie’s remains were found shortly after.
Due to the fact that Brian Laundrie did not leave a will, his parents must go through court procedures regarding his estate. Although Laundrie was never charged or publicly named a suspect in relation to Petito’s murder, he was the only person of interest.