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An arrest warrant has been issued for Brian Laundrie, FBI says

The U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued an arrest warrant for Gabby Petito’s missing boyfriend.

Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer.
This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021.
Moab Police Department via Associated Press

The U.S. District Court of Wyoming has issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie, the missing boyfriend of the late Gabby Petito.

“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide. We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI,” said Michael Schneider, the special agent in charge with FBI Denver.

Laundrie is wanted for “use of unauthorized access device” related to activities after the death of Petito, according to News Nation reporter Brian Entin. The warrant suggests the device is a Capitol One Bank debit card

Laundrie has been missing since last week. Police in North Port, Florida, were informed that Laundrie had left his North Port home on Friday, Sept. 17.

Two days later, FBI Denver said it found humans remains in Wyoming that matched the description of Petito. On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed that the remains were Petito, saying she died by homicide.

Laundrie and Petito had been on a cross-country road trip this summer. Laundrie returned home to North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1 without Petito, who was reported missing by her family on Sept. 11.

Laundrie — who invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to speak with police — became a person of interest in the case.

The North Port police department and the FBI have been looking for Laundrie in Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre park in Sarasota County, Florida. The search continued on Thursday. It’s unclear what will happen Friday, as I reported for the Deseret News.