A federal arrest warrant has been issued for Brian Laundrie, the FBI announced on Sept. 23.
The warrant is related for his "activities following the death of Gabrielle Petito," according ot the FBI's Denver field office.
According to the arrest warrant, the charge is "use of unauthorized access device." That count is often when someone allegedly uses another person's credit card without permission. The indictment noted the amount of money obtained was more than $1,000.
The warrant was issued by a federal grand jury indictment in Wyoming, according to the FBI.
The warrant is the first time criminal charges have been filed in connection to Gabby Petito disappearance and homicide. She was reported missing in September earlier in the month and her remains were found in a national park in Wyoming on Sept. 19.
Petito lived with her boyfriend, Laundrie, at his family’s home in North Port, Florida, for a couple of years. Petito and Laundrie decided to make a cross-country trip in late summer and chronicled their travels on social media by posting video updates and photos.
They seemed to have everything young adults could want — love and a sense of a carefree adventure. location.
In early September, Laundrie returned from the trip, but Petito did not. It wasn’t until Sept. 11 that Petito’s family reported her missing.
The couple’s seemingly happy trip had rocky moments. Police in Utah spoke to the couple after an alleged domestic disturbance. Police wrote in a report they believed the issue was more a mental health crisis than a domestic violence crime. Officers said they believed Petito was having a “severe case of anxiety” in that incident. Body camera footage of a crying Petito in the backseat of a police car ran on a loop across televisions.
During the trip, Petito sent a strange text message to her family. Then stopped communication, which they said wasn’t normal. That is when they reported her situation to the authorities.
Police also announced that Laundrie was a person of interest in the case, but they could not find him. A few days later, he officially became a missing person.
On Sept. 19, police announced they had found Petito's remains in a national park in Utah. Her death has been declared a homicide, but federal investigators say the cause is still to be determined.
On Sept. 20, FBI agents raided the Laundrie’s home looking for evidence in connection to Petito’s killing and Brian’s disappearance.
Police in Florida continue to search for Laundrie but have not located him. Investigators have spent days searching a nature reserve where his parents said he liked to spend time. The FBI continues to urge anyone with information to come forward.
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