- A Wyoming court on Wednesday issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie.
- He is a “person of interest” in the case surrounding the homicide of Gabby Petito.
- His family says he has been missing since September 14, and authorities are still searching for him.
The US District Court for the District of Wyoming on Wednesday issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie in relation to his activities in the wake of the death of his fiancée, Gabby Petito, according to the FBI.
The FBI’s Denver office announced the update on Thursday.
“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners around the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide,” the statement said. “We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”
In a statement, FBI Special Agent Michael Schneider said: “No piece of information is too small or inconsequential to support our efforts in this investigation.”
—FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) September 23, 2021
Laundrie is accused of unauthorized use of a Capital One debit card for purchases valued at $1,000 or more from August 30 through September 1, according to a grand-jury indictment. Though the filing does not identify the owner of the debit card that Laundrie is accused of using, documents obtained by Insider from the Suffolk County Police Department showed that Petito banked with Capital One.
According to documents released by the FBI, a grand-jury issued an indictment for violation of the “Use of Unauthorized Access Devices” related to Laundrie’s activities after the death of Petito. The indictment said Laundrie used the debit card sometime between August 30 to September 1, and the FBI said the warrant was pursuant to Laundrie’s activities after Petito’s death, which suggests Petito died before August 30.
In a statement to Insider, Steve Bertolino, the Laundrie family’s attorney, said: “It is my understanding that the arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie is related to activities occurring after the death of Gabby Petito and not related to her actual demise.”
Bertolino added: “The FBI is focusing on locating Brian and when that occurs the specifics of the charges covered under the indictment will be addressed in the proper forum.”
Petito’s mother reported her missing on September 11 after Laundrie returned to North Port, Florida, alone on September 1. Laundrie’s family later told authorities that he had been missing since September 14 after he went on a trip to the Carlton Reserve in Florida.
On September 19, a body that authorities said was “consistent with the description” of Petito was found in the national park near the Spread Creek camping site. The FBI and the Petito family’s lawyer later confirmed that the remains belonged to Petito, and her death was ruled a homicide on Tuesday.