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Gabby Pettito’s family is demanding that Long Island attorney Steven P. Bertolino, who is issuing the statement on behalf of the Laundry family, remove any photo of Gabby Pettito posted on social media pages, websites, or “in an attempt Eliminate “to gain business.”


But Bertolino says he has nothing to do with those sites or photos and says it would be disgusting for him to use them.

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Richard Benson Stafford sent a letter on behalf of Petito and the Schmidt family. The letter cited an image on a Yelp page for Bartolino’s law firm. The page is not claimed and Bertolino says his actual Yelp page was shut down on Tuesday due to an “unusual and unconfirmed” post.

The letter gave Bertolino until 2 p.m. Wednesday to remove any photos of her or she would face “further action on the part of Gabby’s family.”

“It’s sad. I never used social media or any other electronic platform for advertising except to maintain the website,” Bertolino told Granthshala 5 News. “I don’t control the internet sites nor the hacks and masses that are dominating the internet with fake comments and posts.”

Bertolino issued a statement on behalf of the laundry family earlier in the month while the search for Petito was underway, saying “the family remains in the background” and would have no further comment.

He later organized a news conference to issue a statement from the family after Petito’s body was found but later canceled it.

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Gabby Petito and Brian Laundry were on a road trip when she went missing.

Laundry returned to Florida without Petito in the converted camper van the couple had shared during their months-long road trip.

He has been missing for over a week now. Police in Florida are searching a park they think he may have been visiting. They are now using dive teams to search the waters in the park.