There’s a federal warrant out for the arrest of Brian Laundrie following the murder of his fiancée, the late “van life” blogger Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, the Denver division of the FBI announced Thursday. The warrant was issued pursuant to a federal grand jury indictment for “‘use of unauthorized access devices’ related to Mr. Laundrie’s activities following the death of Gabrielle Petito,” in keeping with a press release from the company.
“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,” FBI Denver particular agent in cost Michael Schneider mentioned within the assertion. He urged individuals with info on Laundrie’s whereabouts or his function in Petito’s homicide to contact the FBI.
Petito’s household reported her lacking on September eleventh, weeks after they final heard from her whereas she was visiting a nationwide forest in Teton County, Wyoming, with Laundrie. Laundrie — who was named an individual of curiosity in Petito’s disappearance — had returned dwelling to Florida on September 1st with Petito’s van, however with out her. Petito’s household filed the lacking particular person report after failing to get an answer about her whereabouts from Laundrie.
Laundrie rapidly lawyered up and refused to talk with police about what occurred. On Friday, September seventeenth, Laundrie’s dad and mom allowed police in North Port, Florida, to enter their dwelling; it was then that the Laundries revealed that it had been three days since they’d final seen their son.
Remains in step with Petito’s description have been found Sunday, September nineteenth, and on September twenty first an post-mortem confirmed it was her. The post-mortem additionally initially listed murder as the way of loss of life, although an actual reason for loss of life was not introduced.
According to a police report filed a month earlier than Petito’s disappearance, she and Laundrie had gotten right into a combat in Moab, Utah. An individual referred to as the police about “some sort of altercation” exterior a store, and whereas officers pulled them over of their van, they determined the incident had been extra of a “mental/emotional health ‘break’ than a domestic assault.’” Neither needed to file expenses in opposition to the opposite for the incident, however the officers nonetheless separated them for the night time, sending Laundrie to a resort and leaving the van with Petito.
Petito’s disappearance has additionally captured the eye of true crime communities on social media, particularly TikTok, the place movies with the hashtags #findgabby and #gabbypetito generated tens of hundreds of thousands of views.