FBI issues arrest warrant for boyfriend Brian | Sunday Observer
Gabby Petito case:

FBI issues arrest warrant for boyfriend Brian

26 September, 2021

The FBI has issued a federal arrest warrant for Gabby Petito’s boyfriend for his “use of unauthorised devices” following her death.

The indictment says Brian Laundrie used a debit card and PIN number for accounts that did not belong to him between August, 30 and September 1.

Petito’s body was found on Sunday inside a park the couple had visited.

Laundrie is currently missing. His family say he was last seen on September, 14.

Officials are searching for him at a Florida nature reserve.

The couple had been travelling for several weeks before 23-year-old Laundrie returned home to Florida alone with their white van on September 1. He did not contact police or the Petito family on his return.

Petito’s family reported her missing 10 days later. On Sunday, the body of the 22-year-old was found in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The coroner ruled her death a homicide but gave no indication as to how she died.

The indictment issued on Wednesday by the US District Court of Wyoming says Laundrie obtained over USD 1,000 with the debit card transactions.

“While this arrest warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Petito’s homicide,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in a statement.

Laundrie’s lawyer, Steve Bertolino, told Fox News that it was his “understanding that the arrest warrant [was] related to activities occurring after the death of Gabby Petito and not related to her actual demise”.

Laundrie’s family reported him missing over the weekend. They claim he left for a hike and never returned. He is considered a “person of interest” in the disappearance but had refused to speak with investigators before disappearing.

The search for Laundrie has focused on a 24,000-acre nature reserve near his home in North Port, Florida. Police are using dogs, drones, and all-terrain vehicles for the search, which officers say is complicated by difficult, swampy terrain.

Earlier this week, investigators also searched the Laundrie family home. Agents were seen taking several boxes from the house and towing away a silver Ford Mustang.

It is still unclear what happened when Petito went missing. Two weeks earlier, on August 12, police in the southern Utah town of Moab were called to a possible domestic violence incident involving the couple.

Police released bodycam footage which showed Petito crying and complaining about her mental health to officers. She also said the couple had been arguing more frequently.

The officers recommended they spend the night apart but did not file any charges.

Petito last video-called her mother on August, 24 to say she was leaving Utah and heading to the Teton mountain range in Wyoming, according to Rick Stafford, the family’s lawyer.