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Chris Laundrie ‘SUED for $40 for stealing protester sign’ as suit ripped by sleuths who say state should focus on Brian

BRIAN Laundrie's father is reportedly being sued for $40 over a sign left outside his home by protesters.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Sarasota County, Florida, accuses Christopher Laundrie of stealing a placard that was placed near his yard amid the manhunt for his son Brian, the fugitive fiance of slain hiker Gabby Petito.

The plaintiff listed on the civil complaint circulated on social media is Andra Griffin.

The filing states that Griffin contributed money to help construct a sign placed near Chris and Roberta Laundrie's home on October 15.

The sign read: "What if it was Cassie?" - referencing Brian's sister Cassie Laundrie.

On the morning of October 16, Chris "came out of his home, walked up to the sign, stole it and walked back onto his property," the complaint claims.

The lawsuit is listed on the Sarasota County Court Clerk's website alongside a summons for Chris to appear in court on December 1.

The Sun approached Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino for comment about the lawsuit on Monday.

Asked if Chris was being sued over a protester's sign, Bertolino replied: "Idk [I don't know]."

Griffin shared a news article about the lawsuit on her Twitter account, where she has documented her personal search for Brian over the past several weeks.

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Several fellow sleuths reacting to the suit online slammed Griffin's move, saying that the state should be focused on finding Brian instead of going after his father over a sign.


Griffin has attended multiple protests at Brian's parents' home over the course of the manhunt, according to local media reports.

She spoke to FOX 4 on September 27 as she joined a small group of demonstrators demanding answers from the Laundries.

"Give answers to the world, the world is watching and we’re not going away!" Griffin was heard yelling through a megaphone.

She told a news crew: "People are concerned. People want to know what’s going on. People want to know why they’re hiding in that home and not helping."

At the time, Griffin said she had spent the past six days driving from her home in Manatee County to camp outside the Laundries home.

“We want to know what the parents know," she says. "We want them to start cooperating with authorities.

"Right now they are lawyering up, they’re not doing much. Their child is also missing, as I had explained earlier, and they don’t seem to care. They don’t seem to care where their own son is.”

Brian, 23, and his fiancee Gabby, 22, were two months into a planned four-month road trip touring America's national parks when she vanished in Wyoming around August 27.

Brian quietly returned home to Florida alone in Gabby's van on September 1 but failed to alert police or her family that she was missing.

Gabby was eventually reported missing by her mother Nichole Schmidt on September 11, three days before Brian disappeared after allegedly telling his parents he was going camping.

Gabby’s remains were found in a shallow grave in Bridger–Teton National Forest in Wyoming on September 19.

A coroner confirmed she died by strangulation last week amid the manhunt for Brian, who is considered a person of interest in Gabby's death.


Over the course of the search, speculation has continued to mount over how much Brian's parents know about his whereabouts and his potential involvement in Gabby's death.

The couple have refused to speak to the media or comment on the situation publicly and have only been issuing statements through lawyers.

Protesters have been camped outside the Laundries' home for weeks, aiming to ply pressure on the duo to break their silence.

Meanwhile, internet sleuths have pointed out the family’s allegedly suspicious behavior, believing the Laundries might be hiding something. 

Brian Laundrie’s dad takes down protester's sign outside his home that asks 'what if it was your daughter Cassie?'

Brian Laundrie timeline

Brian Laundrie has not been seen since the morning of September 13. Here is a timeline of Laundrie's latest whereabouts:

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