(CSU)On Friday, a search for Brian Laundrie resumed at a nature park in southwestern Florida, according to a source. He was last seen leaving his parents’ home ten days ago, and he is believed to have left behind his wallet and cell phone. Laundrie is also the focus of a federal arrest warrant for actions following his fiancée Gabby Petito’s death, whose remains were discovered Sunday in Wyoming.
Next, a grand jury indicted him for his “use of illicit gadgets” following Petito’s death, the US District Court of Wyoming issued a warrant for Laundrie, according to the FBI’s Denver field office. Laundrie is accused of using his debit card and PIN number on accounts that did not belong to him for transactions totalling more than $1,000 between August 30 and September 1.
The family of Laundrie, according to a lawyer for the victim’s relatives, has emphasized that the warrant was not for Petito’s death but rather for activities that followed. “The arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie, in my understanding, is connected to events that occurred after the death of Gabby Petito and not her death,” Steve Bertolino said. “The FBI is concentrating on finding Brian, and when he’s apprehended, the charges mentioned within the indictment will be resolved in a courtroom.”
“While this warrant allows the authorities to arrest Mr Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms Petito’s murder,” stated Michael Schneider, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami Division. “We urge anybody with knowledge of Mr Laundrie’s involvement in this case.
The authorities are still seeking a connection between the Carlton Reserve and the disappearance of Terrill Thomas, who vanished more than a month ago while exploring his parents’ backyard in North Port. The search was resumed Friday morning after being put on hold overnight owing to the darkness, according to the North Port Police Department.
After Laundrie’s family reported to police last Friday that he had not been seen for days, telling them he was going to the reserve before vanishing again; law enforcement began their search of the area. On Thursday, a source close to the Laundrie family informed Robert d Williams of CSU that Laundrie left his parents’ home without his mobile phone and wallet on the day they last saw him. Laundry’s parents became concerned that he might harm himself, according to a source.
Josh Taylor, a public information officer with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Port Charlotte, Florida, told CSU that he could not comment on the report while an investigation was ongoing. “I cannot make any comments about a timeline at this time,” he said. The FBI is conducting an investigation into the incident, according to reports.
The FBI has not responded to a request for comment.
Others claim that tensions between the pair have increased.
Witnesses are adding new information about Petito and Laundrie throughout the investigation. A couple from Louisiana was visiting Jackson, Wyoming when they witnessed a quarrel between Petito and Laundrie in a restaurant last month. According to Nina Angelo, her partner Matt England noticed a “disturbance” as Petito and Laundrie were leaving The Merry Piglets Tex-Mex restaurant the day before.
According to Angelo, the couples’ waitress was visibly upset by the incident, which resulted in Petito crying and Laundrie being enraged, going into and out of the restaurant several times while continuing to show irritation toward the staff around the hostess stand. According to Angelo’s description, both couples’ waitresses were visibly disturbed by what happened.
According to the manager of Merry Piglets, who asked not to be identified, she called the FBI on Wednesday after witnessing an “incident” at the restaurant on August 27. The manager declined to comment further and said that there was no video surveillance of the incident. Earlier this month, police in Moab, Utah, had a contact with the pair, where they were said to have “had some sort of altercation.”
Both of the pair are said to have gotten into a physical altercation following an argument, yet “both the male and female reported they are in love and engaged to be married, and desperately didn’t want to see anyone charged with a crime,” according to an account from officer Eric Pratt.
Sunday’s memorial service for Petito has been scheduled.
Petito and Laundrie had been using the hashtag #VanLife to document their trips westward on social media, but those postings abruptly ceased in late August. According to North Port Police, Petito’s family reported last communication with her during the final week of August. Laundrie returned home to the couple’s house, where his parents also reside, on September 1, according to police. On September 11, Petito’s family went to her home in High Point, North Carolina, but could not contact her and reported her missing.
According to the FBI, her bones were discovered on September 19 in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest and identified by a coroner two days later. The cause of death is undecided final autopsy results, according to the FBI. At the funeral home, it was said that a memorial visitation for Petito is being arranged for Sunday afternoon in Holbrook on Long Island in New York, according to Moloney’s Holbrook Funeral Home. It will be accessible to the public.
On Wednesday, a small gathering of people gathered in Salt Lake City to pay their respects to Petito. “We won’t forget about you. We won’t allow your light to go out.” Serena Chavez, one of the vigil’s organizers, said this before the crowd. “We will recall other women or children who are missing,” Chavez added. “Their relatives are inconsolable, and I spec only imagine what Gabby’s family is going through.”