The FBI has asked for items that may have Brian Laundrie’s DNA in light of the ongoing search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé, according to the family lawyer.
According to the Laundries’ lawyer, Steven Bertolino, during the FBI’s visit to the family home, “The Federal Bureau of Investigation requested some personal items belonging to Brian Laundrie so that they could be used for DNA matching and Brian’s parents gave them what they could,” according to multiple news sources.
The request for comment from CSU was not immediately answered by Bertolino.
As seen in video recorded by CSU, FBI agents returned to Laundrie’s parents’ house in Melbourne, Florida, on Sunday morning. At least two agents could be seen at the property, and one was carrying a bag. His parents informed authorities on September 17 that Laundrie departed their house several days earlier with his kit bag and said he was going to the Carlton Reserve. A family source close to the Cuomo revealed that Laundrie left home without his cell phone or wallet.
Since then, teams have been searching the “vast and unforgiving” Carlton Reserve — 25,000 acres of swampland home to alligators and snakes — with drones, dive teams, and bloodhounds. According to the North Port Police Department, drones, dive teams, and bloodhounds have joined the hunt effort.
Laundrie’s disappearance came at the height of the search for Petito. Laundrie and Petito had gone on a road trip together, but Laundrie left without her after they got back home. Authorities later found Petito’s body in a forest in Wyoming and declared her death to be homicide.
Many people are devastated and furious over Petito’s disappearance, which has piqued the interest of digital detectives to examine the couple’s internet footprint in an attempt to solve it. It also underscores the tens of thousands of missing persons’ cases that exist across the country.
Laundrie is wanted by the FBI on a federal arrest warrant for the “use of unauthorized devices” following Petito’s death. According to a federal indictment, Laundrie used a debit card and PIN number for accounts that did not belong to him for purchases totaling more than $1,000 between August 30 and September 1.
In a statement, the family’s attorney emphasized that the warrant was not for Petito’s death but concerned subsequent activities.
Anyone who knows Laundrie’s location may earn $30,000 in rewards by providing cops with information.
What we know about Laundrie’s whereabouts
On June 4, Petito and Laundrie began a cross-country journey in an RV. They chronicled their adventures on social media using the hashtag #VanLife, but those updates ceased abruptly around the end of August.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, on August 26, Jessica Schultz observed a white van at Grand Teton National Park with no one visible inside, and Laundrie was parked in it.
The day after, Nina Angelo and her beau Matt England witnessed a “buzz” as Petito and Laundrie were leaving the Merry Piglets Tex-Mex restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming, she recounted to CSU.
According to Angelo, the couple’s waitress was visibly shaken by the altercation, which Petito was in tears over. Laundrie went into and out of the restaurant several times, displaying annoyance at the staff around the hostess stand, according to Angelo. The couple’s waitress was also visibly affected by what happened, according on Angelo.
The duty manager at Merry Piglets, who requested anonymity, reported witnessing an incident at the restaurant and called the FBI. The manager declined to give details about what occurred and stated that no video exists of the event.
According to the University of Wyoming, Norma Jean Jalovec, a seasonal resident of Wyoming, picked up Laundrie near Jackson Lake Dam on August 29, around 6:15 p.m., and drove him to the Spread Creek dispersed camping area where Petito’s remains were discovered. Laundrie was hitchhiking, according to Jalovec, and climbed into the rear seat of her Toyota 4-Runner.
According to Jalovec, Laundrie informed her that they had a travel blog, that she was working on the site in their van at the camping area, and that he had been walking along the Snake River embankment for a few days. The next day, September 12, Laundrie’s neighbor across the street from his home stated that she saw him at the North Port property on Saturday, September 10.
Karyn Aberts said she observed Laundrie and his family “in the neighborhood out in the front yard,” suggesting it appeared to be a “normal…they were going for a walk” scenario, and that she “never considered anything strange about it.”
next day, her parents reported her missing.
‘Like she did, love and give love’
Friends, family, and passers-by gathered in Holbrook, New York, on Sunday to pay their respects to Petito as investigators continued looking for Laundry.
In a funeral oration, Joseph Petito called his daughter “a lovely child” who attracted people to her. He said that she made others feel at home and that she adored being outside, scuba diving, trekking the Appalachian Trail, or snowboarding down sand dunes in Colorado.
“I want you to be motivate by gabby petito, that’s what we’re aiming for,” Joseph Petito added. “If there’s a trip you’d want to do, go ahead and book it right now. Do it as soon as possible.” “If there’s a relationship that isn’t good for you, walk away from it now,” he stated, perhaps alluding to his daughter’s connection with Laundrie.
Jim Schmidt, Petito’s stepfather, gave a eulogy at the service. He said: “Parents aren’t supposed to bury their kids. That isn’t how it’s supposed to work.”Petito “We are all in this together,” Schmidt added, “and we can learn from her example to live by: to appreciate every moment of life as she did—to love and give love to everyone like she did.”
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