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While Brian Laundrie remains a person of interest in the death of Gabby Petito, it appears that authorities are not yet ready to make that allegation against the missing man.
Laundrie was likely the last person to see Petito alive, having returned home without her after a cross-country road trip that the engaged couple was on. Laundrie was unwilling to cooperate with authorities investigating her death before he himself went missing over a week ago.
Now, as police continue to scour a vast piece of wilderness near the Laundrie family home for any sign of Brian, federal charges have now been brought against him.
The FBI on Thursday said the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the disappearance and homicide of deceased Gabby Petito.
The warrant is “pursuant to a Federal Grand Jury indictment for violation of federal statute 18 U.S.C. § 1029(a)(i): ‘Use of Unauthorized Devices’ related to Mr. Laundrie’s activities following the death of Gabrielle Petito.”
“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 Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in a Thursday statement. “We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”
Laundrie is alleged to have used one of Gabby Petito’s debit cards following her death, and in excess of $1,000, which makes it a federal crime.
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