Federal Bureau of Investigation agents issued a search warrant for Brian Laundri, the fiancé of travel blogger Gabby Petito, whose body was found in Grand Teton National Park in the US state of Wyoming. This happened after the man had spent at least a thousand dollars on the woman’s debit card. According to investigators, this happened a few days after her death. The search for the 23-year-old has been going on for six days.
Gabby Petito has gone missing while traveling across the country with her partner Brian Laundrie. They set off west in a Florida van in July to visit national parks in this part of the US. The 22-year-old woman regularly posted photos of the trip on social media – the last time on August 25.
At the end of August, Petito contacted her family for the last time. On September 1, Laundrie himself returned home in Florida in his friend’s van. The man who hired a lawyer and refused to talk to the police disappeared after several days without a trace. Last Friday his family reported him missing.
Law enforcement sources said Laundrie is now the prime suspect in the death of Gabi Petito, whose body was found a few days ago in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Search for a 23-year-old have been running for six days.
Investigators have failed to explain why – a week after the man’s family reported him missing – they believe the Laundrie may be on the Carlton Reservation near North Port, Florida. This is where the officers’ attention is focused. North Port police noted that Laundri’s family did not report him missing for three days after he said he was going on a trip. On Wednesday to searches a team of divers joined. They are to be resumed on Friday.
Unauthorized use of a debit card and search warrant
On Thursday, a Wyoming District Court charged Laundri with unauthorized use of Gabby Petito’s debit card and PIN. A search warrant has been issued, which the services can carry out on the wanted man, in his home and in the vehicle in which, for example, he will be moving. However, the blogger’s friend was not accused of murder.
“While the warrant allows law enforcement to detain Mr. Laundri, the FBI and our partners across the country are still investigating the circumstances of the murder of Mrs. Petito,” said Michael Schneider, an FBI agent in Denver. “We are calling on those with knowledge of Mr. Laundri’s involvement in this case, or his current whereabouts, to contact the FBI,” he added.
The indictment charges Laundri with spending at least a thousand dollars between August 30 and September 1. Investigators suspect that Petito was murdered on August 27-30.
The last message raised doubts
According to CNN, before Petito went missing, she had interviews with her mother that indicated that there was “increasing tension” between the girl and her boyfriend. This picture also emerges from the analysis of SMSs exchanged between women.
CNN said the mother was to receive the message from her daughter on August 27. The woman described her as “strange”. It was supposed to be: “Can you help Stan, I’m getting his voicemail and missed calls.” “The text message was about Petito’s grandfather, whose name is Stan, but the girl never referred to him as that. It made her mother suspect something was wrong,” CNN noted.
Petito’s mother received one more message from the girl, this time the last one – on August 30. It said there was no coverage in Yosemite National Park, California. But the family doubts Gabby wrote it.
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