What You Should Know
- The Grand Teton National Park located in Wyoming’s Teton County has confirmed the remains of a 10-year-old girl to be those of Gabby Petito, and her death was ruled a homicide. It’s not yet clear how she died; that will be determined by further study.
- Brian Laundrie, Petito’s fiancé and the FBI’s main suspect in her disappearance, has been missing for more than a week after telling his family he was going on a walk in a Florida nature preserve.
- Cops returned to that muddy 25,000-acre region on Friday for the fourth day in a row as they continued their hunt for Laundrie, who has been indicted by the FBI on a debit card fraud charge.
The fourth day of searching for Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s fiancé, who has been declared a fugitive by the FBI, saw law enforcement officials and specialized diving crews return to Brian Laundrie’s Florida nature preserve with renewed vigor.
The federal arrest warrant unveiled a day ago does not link Laundrie to the death of Petito, who was pronounced a homicide after an initial examination, but it does give law enforcement the ability to arrest him on some charge – in this case, debit card fraud – if they determine his whereabouts.
Laundrie hasn’t been seen since last Tuesday, September 14, when he informed his family that he was going for a walk in the Carlton Preserve.
Over the weekend, the search for him was conducted there. They were shut down temporarily Monday and resumed operations Tuesday. Friday is the newest day in the renewed search operation. Nothing has been discovered as of yet.
Police stated they would notify the press when efforts were halted for the day and provide any future strategies.
A closer look down. pic.twitter.com/YlfJtEGWLO
— Josh Taylor (@JoshTaylorPIO) September 24, 2021
Search for Brian Laundrie continues in the Carlton Reserve Friday. pic.twitter.com/eqxVH3xpRR
— North Port Police (@NorthPortPolice) September 24, 2021
On Thursday, search dogs and teams from 16 different government agencies were scouring a 25,000-acre preserve on the Florida coast that is home to alligators, snakes, bobcats, and other animals. There are higher than 100 miles of hiking and horseback riding routes, as well as several camping spots and waterways.
Drones were also deployed to assist with Thursday’s aerial search for Laundrie. All-terrain searches are expected to continue at least until nightfall, as they have the previous several days.
It’s uncertain how long the investigators will continue searching for Laundrie in this region or where they’ll look for him if they don’t discover him there.
On July 25, the couple set out in a white van on a cross-country pilgrimage to national parks. Laundrie returned to his house in Florida in that vehicle on September 1.
He was alone.
On September 10, investigators discovered that Petito’s phone was shut off at least three days before she went missing and launched an investigation. Her family became concerned they hadn’t heard from her in a few days on September 11, when they filed a missing person report. According to records, her phone had been turned off since August 27…
On Sunday, Petito’s body was discovered in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. Her death was determined a homicide, though the further forensic study is required to determine how she perished.
On Friday, her Long Island hometown will hold a candlelight vigil in her honor.
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. pic.twitter.com/SSrBVbAeBs
— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) September 23, 2021
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is ongoing to seek information from the public. Anyone with knowledge of the case is urged to call 1-800-CALL-FBI or go to tips.fbi.gov.