Tuesday, 26 October, 2021

Gabby Petito death: Arrest warrant issued for missing boyfriend Brian Laundrie

A federal court has issued an arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie, the missing fiance of Gabby Petito, the FBI has announced.

According to the bureau’s Denver, Colorado division, the warrant was issued yesterday.

“On September 22, 2021, the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Christopher Laundrie pursuant to a Federal Grand Jury indictment related to Mr Laundrie’s activities following the death of Gabrielle Petito,” FBI Denver said in a tweet.

Mr Laundrie, who had been Ms Petito’s fiance, is still missing. Police have been searching for him at the Carlton nature reserve in Sarasota, Florida.

Specifically, Mr Laundrie has been charged with fraudulently using someone else’s debit card from 30 August to 1 September, spending or withdrawing $1,000 or more. He has not at this point been charged with Ms Petito’s homicide, but has been a person of interest in her missing person case since she first disappeared.

In a statement, the FBI added that it still needs any information on the case that the public can provide.

“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,” Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said. “We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”

The Independent has contacted Mr Laundrie’s lawyer for comment.

“In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this and the warning that ‘any statement made will be used against you’ is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms Petito’s disappearance,” this attorney, Steven Bertolino, said in a statement when the disappearance began gaining national attention. “As such, on the advice of counsel, Mr Laundrie is not speaking on this matter.”

Since then, Mr Laundrie hasn’t spoken publicly about the case.

This is a breaking news story. More to follow

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