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By Mae Slater on
 June 13, 2024

Gabby Petito's Letter Reveals Plea To Fiancé To Halt Abuse, FBI Shows

Gabby Petito's plea to her fiancé to end his abusive behavior has been revealed through FBI documents related to her 2021 murder.

NBC News reported that Petito, a 22-year-old woman, was murdered by her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, during a cross-country trip in the summer of 2021.

As part of more than 350 pages of documents released by the FBI, a haunting letter written by Gabby Petito to Brian Laundrie has come to light. In the letter, Petito implored Laundrie to cease his abusive behavior, stating that they were supposed to be a team.

"Just please stop crying and stop calling me names because we’re a team and I’m here with you," Petito wrote in her handwritten appeal.

The series of events that led to this tragic moment began during Petito and Laundrie's cross-country trip, which they actively documented on social media platforms such as YouTube and Instagram. During the trip, they also had an encounter with the police; on August 12, the couple was involved in a domestic violence incident in Moab, Utah, to which police responded.

Discovery Of Petito's Body

Gabby Petito was found dead in Wyoming at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Her remains were discovered in September 2021, months after the last contact anyone had with her, which was an "odd text" reported on August 27. According to the Wyoming coroner, Petito had been strangled.

During the investigation, Brian Laundrie returned to Florida with the van they had been traveling in, but Petito was notably absent. The inability to reach attorneys for both the Petito and Laundrie families for comments on the recently released FBI documents leaves many questions unanswered.

Brian Laundrie's fate was sealed in a Florida nature reserve where he was found deceased.

The medical examiner concluded that Laundrie had fatally shot himself. Near his body, authorities discovered a notebook in which Laundrie admitted responsibility for Petito's death through written statements.

The extensive FBI file includes not just the letter from Petito to Laundrie, but also a collection of evidence logs, photos, and reports. Among the items cataloged are books, sneakers, and backpacks, as well as accounts from individuals who thought they spotted Petito at various locations in Utah, including gas stations, leading up to the discovery of her body.

Impact Of Petito's Disappearance

Petito's disappearance sparked national media attention, with widespread coverage surpassing that of many other missing persons cases. This discrepancy in media focus drew criticism, highlighting the disparity in how missing person cases are publicized based on demographics, race, and other factors.

In response to the overwhelming attention their case received, Petito's parents have made efforts to spotlight other missing individuals. Joe Petito, Gabby's father, remarked, “There wasn’t a demographic or race or country for that matter that didn’t help us and so we are going to try to do the same and give that back.”

They are utilizing their website to share information about other missing people, hoping to increase awareness and aid in their recovery.

The heartfelt efforts by Gabby Petito's family to raise awareness for other missing persons are a testament to their resilience and resolve. By keeping the spotlight on these cases, they hope to assist other families who are enduring the heartbreak of having a loved one go missing.

The December 2021 release of the FBI documents provides a detailed look into the final days of Gabby Petito’s life and the events leading up to her tragic death. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of addressing and preventing domestic violence, which, in this case, turned a young couple's dream trip into a horrific nightmare.

The family's campaign continues to make a significant difference, shedding light on the cases of others who may not receive the same level of media attention. This awareness campaign is an essential step towards achieving justice and protection for all individuals, regardless of their circumstances.


Conclusion: The recently released FBI documents reveal Gabby Petito's plea to her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, to stop his abusive behavior, a plea tragically left unheard as she was later murdered.

Their cross-country trip culminated in Petito's death and Laundrie’s suicide, with the story highlighting serious issues of media coverage disparities and the critical importance of addressing domestic violence. Petito's family continues to advocate for other missing persons, utilizing their platform to generate awareness and support.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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