On the Site:

GABBY PETITO INVESTIGATION

Moab police say they’ll fight Gabby Petito family’s $50M lawsuit

Nov 2, 2022, 10:08 PM | Updated: Nov 4, 2022, 2:59 pm

MOAB, Utah — The city of Moab released its response to Gabby Petito’s family’s intent to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

This week marks the deadline for the city’s response to the filing, meaning they could agree to pay the $50 million or fight the case in court. Wednesday night, they did the latter.

The Petitos announced in August they want $50 million in damages from the Moab City Police Department and other city officers.

Tonight, the city of Moab says that while their “officers acted with kindness, respect and empathy toward Ms. Petito,” They aren’t responsible for her death.

The case of Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old who was found dead last year in Wyoming, has gripped the nation. Her boyfriend and “vanlife” travel partner, Brian Landrie, died by suicide weeks later with a note by his side, admitting to killing her.

Two weeks before her death, Petito and Landrie were in Moab and had an encounter with Moab police officers.

Petito’s family alleges officers could have saved their daughter’s life. While Moab city officials said Petito’s death is a tragedy, they say officers are not responsible for her eventual murder.

“The attorneys for the Petito family seem to suggest that somehow our officers could see into the future based on this single interaction. In truth, on Aug. 12, no one could have predicted the tragedy that would occur weeks later and hundreds of miles away, and the City of Moab will ardently defend against this lawsuit.”

With the city vowing to fight a lawsuit, the Petito family could officially file any day now.

Family of Gabby Petito to file $50M wrongful death lawsuit against Moab PD

KSL 5 TV Live

Gabby Petito Investigation

Nichole Schmidt, mother of Gabby Petito, speaks alongside, from left, Tara Petito, Petito's stepmot...

Dakin Andone and Jean Casarez

Parents of Gabby Petito, Brian Laundrie reach settlement in emotional distress lawsuit, attorney says

The families of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie have reached a settlement in a lawsuit, an attorney for the Laundries said, after Petito’s parents claimed the Laundries knew their son killed his fiancée during a cross-country road trip but intentionally withheld that information.

5 months ago

A medical examiner determined Brian Laundrie died by suicide. (Moab Police Department)...

Elizabeth Wolfe

Brian Laundrie’s parents detail ‘the day everything hit the fan’ after their son told them Gabby Petito was ‘gone’

In newly filed court documents, Brian Laundrie’s parents detail “the day everything hit the fan,” recalling an exchange of frantic phone calls as their son told them his fiancee Gabby Petito was “gone” and he needed them to find him an attorney as he drove back home without her.

5 months ago

NORTH PORT, FL - SEPTEMBER 16: Tara Petito (L) and Joe Petito react while the City of North Port Ch...

Lauren del Valle

Gabby Petito’s parents get ‘burn after reading’ letter from Brian Laundrie’s parents

Gabby Petito’s parents now have a copy of a letter Brian Laundrie’s mother wrote to her son, which included references to getting a shovel and burying a body.

1 year ago

A new bodycam footage reveals what Gabby Petito told police about a domestic dispute with fiancé B...

Pat Reavy

Gabby Petito’s family files amended lawsuit against Moab police

The family of Gabby Petito has filed an amended lawsuit against Moab police, alleging that the Lethality Assessment Protocol wasn't used because officers weren't being trained properly.

1 year ago

FILE - This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Gabrielle "Gabby" Peti...

Jean Casarez and Lauren del Valle

Gabby Petito’s family attorney claims that Brian Laundrie’s mom wrote a letter offering ‘to help bury the body’

An attorney representing the parents of Gabby Petito wants the letter he says Brian Laundrie's mom wrote him offering to bury a body, with inscription 'burn after reading.'

1 year ago

Gabby Petito...

Josh Ellis

New photo allegedly shows Gabby Petito’s injuries before interview with Moab PD

A newly released photograph appears to show injuries on Gabby Petito's face shortly before she met with officers from the Moab Police Department.

1 year ago

Sponsored Articles

young male technician is repairing a printer at office...

Les Olson

Unraveling the dilemma between leasing and buying office technology

Carefully weigh these pros and cons to make an informed decision that best suits your business growth and day-to-day operation. 

A kitchen in a modern farmhouse....

Lighting Design

A room-by-room lighting guide for your home

Bookmark this room-by-room lighting guide whenever you decide to upgrade your lighting or style a new home.

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Moab police say they’ll fight Gabby Petito family’s $50M lawsuit