Brian Laundrie's father sued over protest sign stolen from outside his home

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Oct. 18 2021, Published 12:30 p.m. ET

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The father of Brian Laundrie is being sued by people who say he stole a sign left as a protest outside his house.

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Christopher Laundrie was named in the suit filed by Andra Griffin on Oct. 18. The lawsuit was filed in a Florida court and noted in the online system. Copies of the filing have also been posted online.

According to the filing, on Oct. 15, Griffin contributed money to help construct a sign that read, “what if it was Cassie?” The reference was to Cassie Laundrie, Christopher’s daughter.

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The sign was part of a peaceful protest, according to the filing.

The sign was put up near the Laundrie’s Florida home, but in a public easement, according to the filing.

On Oct. 16, Christopher Laundrie came out of his home and stole the sign and walked back to his property, according to the filing.

The suit asks for $40 for the stolen sign. A pretrial hearing has been set for Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m.

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Christopher Laundrie is the father of Brian Laundrie, who has been named as a person of interest in connection to Gabby Petito’s homicide.

Brian Laundrie was dating Petito and the two went on a cross-country trip. Together, they posted on social media about their travels. But, in early September, Brian Laundrie returned to their Florida home without Petito.

More than a week later, Petito’s family reported her missing and a massive manhunt unfolded.

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Petito’s remains were found in a Wyoming national park on Sept. 19. Laundrie was a person of interest but vanished before police could speak to him. Investigators and internet sleuths have spent weeks trying to find Laundrie.

He also has active warrants for allegedly using Petito’s debit card after her death.

A coroner announced last week that Petito was strangled to death and her death has been classified as a homicide.

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