BRIAN Laundrie's parents are fighting in court to access his estate, which would include the $20,000 in his bank account and the notebook some think holds the secrets of Gabby Petito's murder.
According to family attorney Steven Bertolino, once the FBI closes the case on Gabby's murder and Brian's death by suicide, "retained property will be returned to its owner."
As Brian didn't have a will, an expert explained in a previous interview with The Sun that his dad Chris and mom Roberta have to go through the courts in a technical but common procedure in Florida.
According to court records obtained by Radar, Chris and Roberta filed a petition in Sarasota County court on December 8, and the first hearing in the matter was expected on January 5.
The couple is requesting to become administrators of his estate.
Records show they submitted Brian’s death certificate in court along with information about his bank accounts and property.
Laundrie's estate includes a notebook found near his remains.
The exact contents of the notebook are unknown, but the object has been the center of speculation, and it is believed that Brian's final words may be inside.
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It is unlikely that the contents will ever be released to the public.
One expert suggested the notebook is being "preserved" by the FBI to aid with the investigation.
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told CNN the journal could help to understand Laundrie's "motive" or his feelings about fiance Gabby Petito.
McCabe said a team of law enforcement experts can help to dry out their paper, "trying to recover the writing, the ink marks, and fingerprints."
He added: "In terms of understanding Laundrie’s motive, his feeling about Petito, maybe event any kind of notes or comments he may have made about the events—that notebook could shed a lot of light on those issues."
Laundrie's remains and personal items were found in Florida's Carlton Reserve on October 20, a month after his fiance Gabby was found strangled to death at a Wyoming campsite.
The remains, and the articles belonging to Brian, were found in a stretch of land inside the 24,000-acre park that had been submerged in floodwaters.
Laundrie was pictured with notebooks while traveling with Gabby Petito.
In one photo, Brian was tucked under some blankets next to a stream and appeared to be relaxing in a hammock while they explored the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.
A green spiraled notebook was seen stacked on top of a paperback edition of Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk with a handful of fine point ink pens.
And, during their ill-fated cross-country road trip, an orange notebook can be seen inside a tent while the young couple was camping at Zion National Park, Utah.
Other notebooks appear to be shelved inside Gabby's immaculately decorated 2012 Ford Transit Connect van's interior.
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