Arrest Warrant for Brian Laundrie Issued in Wyoming Following Gabby Petito’s Death
Brian Laundrie, considered a person of interest in Gabby Petito’s disappearance, has not been seen since he was reported missing last Friday
Amid an exhaustive search for Brian Laundrie in Florida, the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal warrant for the 23-year-old’s arrest Thursday, according to an announcement from FBI Denver.
Laundrie, who has been considered a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancée, Gabby Petito, was indicted by a federal grand jury for “use of unauthorized access devices” following Petito’s death.
Charging documents allege that Laundrie used an unauthorized debit card with the intent to defraud.
“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,” FBI Denver wrote in a statement.
“We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”
The announcement comes four days after Petito’s body was recovered from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
On Tuesday, the FBI confirmed the body was Petito’s and said her manner of death was a homicide.
In a statement to PEOPLE, the Laundrie family attorney, Steven Bertolino, addressed the warrant, saying “It is my understanding that the arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie is related to activities occurring after the death of Gabby Petito and not related to her actual demise.”
“The FBI is focusing on locating Brian and when that occurs the specifics of the charges covered under the indictment will be addressed in the proper form.”
At the time that the warrant was issued, Laundrie’s location remained unknown.
He was reported missing by family on Friday, launching a manhunt through the 25,000-acre nature reserve where he allegedly went hiking before his disappearance.
Search crews have been scouring snake- and alligator-infested swamps since Saturday with no luck finding Laundrie.
Petito and Laundrie were engaged and traveling across the United States in a repurposed Ford Transit van.
They set out on their trip in early July, leaving from Florida and stopping in New York before heading west.
Petito, an aspiring social media influencer, had been documenting her travels on YouTube.