A federal arrest warrant has been issued for Brian Laundrie relating to his activities following the homicide death of his girlfriend and cross-country travel partner Gabby Petito.
Laundrie, 23, who left July 2 on a “van life” road trip with Petito and returned home alone on Sept. 1, remained on the lamb Thursday as a massive police manhunt for him involving 16 agencies continued near North Port, Florida, where he moved with Petito, 22, two years ago. He has been missing since at least Friday, Sept. 17.
The warrant issued by the U.S. District Court of Wyoming alleges Laundrie’s “Use of Unauthorized Access Device” related to Laundrie’s activities following the death of Petito, whose body was found Sunday in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. Multiple news reports indicate that the arrest warrant pertains to Laundrie’s unauthorized use of a Capital One debit card to withdraw more than $1,000 between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 in Wyoming and elsewhere.
An autopsy conducted earlier this week by the Teton County coroner confirmed that Petito’s death was caused by homicide. Searchers found her body Sunday, eight days after she was reported missing and more than three weeks since her family had last hear from her.
“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide,” said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider. “We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”
Petito’s last known sighting was in a Tex-Mex restaurant called The Merry Piglets Mexican Grill on the afternoon of Aug. 27.
Relevant information can be submitted to the FBI online at tips.fbi.gov or by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI.
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