Federal arrest warrant issued for Brian Laundrie in relation to Gabby Petito death investigation

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This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. The couple was pulled over while they were having an emotional fight. Petito was reported missing by her family a month later and is now the subject of a nationwide search. (The Moab Police Department via AP)

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An arrest warrant has been issued for Brian Laundrie, the 23-year-old fiancé of Gabby Petito, the FBI’s office in Denver announced Thursday. Laundrie is a “person of interest” in the death of Petito, who case was recently ruled a homicide, and law enforcement has not been able to locate him. 

The single-count indictment from the U.S. District Court of Wyoming alleges that from August 30 to September 1, Laundrie “knowingly and with intent to defraud, used one or more unauthorized access devices, namely a Capital One Bank debit card […] and a personal identification number for Capital One Bank accounts.” Through that illegal conduct, the indictment alleges, Laundrie “obtained things of value aggregating to $1,000 or more.” 

“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 press release Thursday. “We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”

Investigators are currently searching for Laundrie in Florida’s Carlton Reserve, where police are using airboats, drones, ATVs and the Sarasota mobile command unit, according to CBS affiliate WINK

Laundrie and Petito were engaged when the two embarked on a cross-country van road trip. Laundrie returned home on September 1 without Petito, sparking a nationwide search for the missing woman. Her body was found weeks later. 

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