Gabby Petito remains missing as authorities search vast wildlife reserve for fiancé
The family of Brian Laundrie, Petito's 23-year-old fiancé, told officers Friday that they haven’t seen him since Tuesday.Police named Laundrie a person of interest in Petito's disappearance, but he has refused to speak with police. No charges have been filed, and the case continues to be a missing persons case, police said.
Amid an exhaustive search for Brian Laundrie in Florida, the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal warrant for the 23-year-old's arrest Thursday, according to an announcement from FBI Denver. © Provided by People Find Gabby/Facebook Gabby Petito, Brian Laundrie
Laundrie, who has been considered a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancée, Gabby Petito, was indicted by a federal grand jury for "use of unauthorized access devices" following Petito's death.
Charging documents allege that Laundrie used an unauthorized debit card with the intent to defraud.
"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 wrote in a statement. "We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie's role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI."
Body found in Wyoming believed to be Gabrielle Petito
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a body discovered Sunday in Wyoming is believed to be Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. The FBI said the body was found by law enforcement agents who had spent the past two days searching campgrounds. The cause of death not yet been determined, said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Charles Jones. “Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified,” Jones said. “This is an incredibly difficult time for (Petito’s) family and friends.”An attorney who has been acting as a spokesman for the Petito family could not be reached immediately for comment.
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The announcement comes four days after Petito's body was recovered from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. On Tuesday, the FBI confirmed the body was Petito's and said her manner of death was a homicide.
At the time that the warrant was issued, Laundrie's location remained unknown. He was reported missing by family on Friday, launching a manhunt through the 25,000-acre nature reserve where he allegedly went hiking before his disappearance.
Search crews have been scouring snake- and alligator-infested swamps since Saturday with no luck finding Laundrie.
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Petito and Laundrie were engaged and traveling across the United States in a repurposed Ford Transit van.
911 Caller Said He Saw Brian Laundrie Hitting Gabby Petito: 'Gentleman Was Slapping the Girl'
Police believe they have found the body of Gabby Petito, and her fiancé Brian Laundrie has gone missing"We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl," the caller tells the dispatcher.
They set out on their trip in early July, leaving from Florida and stopping in New York before heading west.
Petito, an aspiring social media influencer, had been documenting her travels on YouTube.
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In August, the couple arrived in Utah. While in Moab, police officers received a call about a domestic dispute involving Petito and Laundrie, in which a 911 caller said he saw Laundrie "slapping" her. They located and pulled over the couple to investigate the claims, and their interaction was captured on body camera footage. During the encounter, Laundrie admits to pushing Petito.
The police encounter ended with a tearful Petito and calm Laundrie agreeing to separate for the night and get some space from one another.
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Brian Laundrie, 23, is a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancée, "van life" vlogger Gabby Petito, 22, whose body is believed to have been found in Wyoming Sunday, say police"Please be aware, the Carlton Reserve is a vast and unforgiving location at times," North Port Police PIO Josh Taylor said in a release Tuesday morning announcing that authorities were returning to the sprawling reserve to search for Laundrie, 23, who is a person of interest in Petito's disappearance.
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The couple had apparently stopped in Grand Teton National Park on Aug. 25, the same day Petito's mother says she last spoke to her.
Following their last phone conversation, Petito's mother received an "odd text" from her daughter's phone — one that she doesn't believe Petito wrote.
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Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11 — 10 days after Laundrie allegedly returned to his parents' North Port, Fla., home in their van, alone.
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Laundrie was soon named a person of interest in Petito's disappearance.
The next week, after days of allegedly refusing to cooperate with the investigation, Laundrie's parents informed the FBI that Laundrie himself had gone missing.
Any possible details about Petito's death and Laundrie's whereabouts may be submitted to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov, 1-800-CALL-FBI or 303-629-7171. Investigators reminded the public Thursday that "no piece of information is too small or inconsequential to support our efforts in this investigation."
Brian Laundrie search: Timeline of events since he returned to Florida becomes clearer .
Reports that Brian Laundrie camped with his family this month before Gabby Petito was reported missing appear to clarify a timeline of his movements after he returned to Florida without his fiancée, who eventually was found dead in Wyoming. © From gabspetito/Instagram Brian Laundrie is pictured in a post on Gabby Petito's Instagram account on February 14, 2021. The Laundrie family stayed at a Florida campground dozens of miles from their North Port home between September 6 and 8, officials said, days before Petito's family reported her missing after the couple were on a cross-country van trip.