Report: Feds issue arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie as investigation into Gabby Petito’s death continues

NBC News reports that a federal arrest warrant has finally been issued for Brian Laundrie, the 23-year-old fiancé of Gabby Petito who has been named a person of interest following her death.

The 22-year-old Petito was reported missing by her family on Sept. 11, and her body was found near a national park in Wyoming on Sunday, according to CBS News. Two days later, authorities announced that her death would be investigated as a homicide.

Petito and Laundrie had reportedly been living out of a van together as they traveled the country over the summer. They shared photos and videos of their travels on various social media accounts.

In early September, according to CBS, Laundrie returned to his family’s home in Florida with the van, but without Petito.

Manhunt underway

Police have been searching for Laundrie in Florida’s swamplands for more than a week, according to USA Today, but have come up short. He is now wanted by federal authorities on charges related to fraudulent use of a debit card.

Notably, he has not been charged with homicide.

USA Today reported that a grand jury handed down the single indictment against the 23-year-old on Thursday. Filed in the U.S. District of Wyoming, the indictment reportedly “accuses Laundrie of unauthorized use of a Capital One debit card and several accounts, spending more than $1,000.”

“The documents do not state who the cards or accounts belong to,” USA Today said, but authorities said “he used the bank accounts without permission from about Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.”

“Ready to act”

In a statement, FBI’s Denver Special Agent in Charge, Michael Schneider, urged those “with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”

“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,” he added, according to USA Today.

According to Fox News, Josh Taylor, a spokesperson for the North Port Police in Florida, said Friday that the department will continue the search into the weekend and would provide members of the press with information as it becomes available and when it does not compromise the investigation to do so.

“We understand the need for answers,” Taylor told Fox. “We, along with our many law enforcement partners are looking to bring those answers to you. At the right time, we will be able to share everything. This weekend we will not be providing sound and video unless there is something of major note. Obviously, if something of note is found, like Brian, we will be ready to act and provide needed info.”

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