The US District Court of Wyoming has now issued an arrest warrant for Gabby Petito’s finance Brian Laundrie in connection with influencer Petito’s murder. The move was recently confirmed in a tweet from the FBI, Denver:
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.
The arrest warrant comes after the 23-year-old was charged on Thursday with one count of unlawfully using Petito’s bank card. He was not charged with any manners relating to her death.
The search continues for Brian Laundrie
Thursday marked the sixth day that authorities have been on the hunt for Brian Petito, searching for the man in the alligator-infested waters and swamps of ‘the vast Carlton Reserve,’ a 24,565-acre preserve near his family home. The search will resume at the nature reserve again on Friday, as authorities believe Laundrie may still be in the area.
The FBI also reached out on Thursday, asking for information from members of the public who believe they may have seen or been in contact with the couple at the Spread Creek Dispersed Campground between August 27-30.
Authorities have been trying to speak to Brian ever since fiance Gabby Petito was reported missing on September 11th. However, upon the advice of his lawyer, Laundrie refused to talk.
Brian’s parent’s then revealed to authorities on Friday, September 17th, that he had been missing since that Tuesday, after telling his family that he was going on a hike in the Carlton Reserve.
Gabby Petito’s death ruled as homicide
Petito’s case has had the world on edge ever since her parents reported her missing on September 11th.
In early July, Petito and Laundrie had set off from Petito’s parent’s place in New York, intent on completing a months-long road trip around the US national parks. However, Laundrie returned to his parent’s Florida home on September 1st with the couple’s vehicle, ten days before Gabby was reported missing.
A search ensued for Petito, resulting in a body being found on Sunday in the Spread Creek Dispersed Campground in Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming. The body was found less than 1,000 feet from where a pair of travel bloggers had filmed a white van, belonging to Petito and Laundrie, parked on the side of a dirt road near Spread Creek on August 27th.
The body was confirmed to be that of Gabby Petito, but while coroners have not yet revealed the cause of death, the manner of death was disclosed as a homicide.
Petito’s parents have said through their lawyer that they will not make any public statements about the case until Gabby’s remains have been returned. Lawyer Richard Stafford disclosed:
I want to personally thank the press and news media for giving the Petito and Schmidt family time to grieve. We will be making a statement when Gabby is home.