NORTH PORT, Fla. – Brian Laundrie stole Gabby Petito’s bank card and used it to journey residence, the place he returned at first of September, “after which ran from the police,” Petito’s household spokesperson stated throughout an interview on Tuesday.
Petito’s members of the family and the household’s legal professional and spokesperson, Richard Stafford, sat down for a 30-minute interview with Dr. Phil McGraw on his self-named present. It was the dad and mom’ first interview collectively since officers introduced on Sept. 21 that 22-year-old Petito had died of a homicide. The reason for her loss of life has not but been introduced.
Police had beforehand named Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie, as an individual of curiosity in reference to what was then her disappearance. On Sept. 23, the FBI issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie, accusing him of financial institution card fraud.
Authorities alleged on the time that he used an unidentified particular person’s Capital One card and the non-public identification quantity to cost or withdraw over $1,000 between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, throughout which period Petito was nonetheless lacking. Neither investigators nor a spokesperson for Petito’s household would affirm whether or not the cardboard belonged to Petito.
However talking to what he noticed as Laundrie’s “way of thinking” as portrayed by Laundrie’s actions, Stafford described how Laundrie “stole her bank card.”
“He used her bank card to get residence after which ran from the police,” Stafford continued. “That is going to indicate lots what he was pondering again then.”
Laundrie household legal professional Steven Bertolino declined to remark.
The couple left for a cross-country journey in mid-June in a transformed white Ford Transit van with the plan to go to nationwide parks alongside the way in which. They’d begun courting years earlier after assembly at their native Long Island, New York, highschool and had moved to North Port, Florida, to stay with Laundrie’s dad and mom.
Laundrie, who’s now a fugitive, returned to the North Port residence within the couple’s van with out Petito. He has not been seen since Sept. 14 and remained on the run as of Tuesday afternoon.
Petito was not reported lacking till Sept. 11, when her mom notified police in Suffolk County, New York. Authorities later seized the van from the Laundries’ residence.
Her physique turned up close to Grand Teton Nationwide Park in Wyoming on Sept. 19. Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue present in his preliminary dedication that Petito was the sufferer of a murder, the FBI’s Denver Area Workplace introduced on Sept. 21.