Gabby Petito Case: Federal Arrest Warrant Issued for Brian Laundrie

by Joe Rutland

The FBI has issued a federal arrest warrant on Thursday afternoon for Brian Laundrie in connection with the death of Gabby Petito.

On its Twitter feed, the FBI’s office in Denver, Colo., shared the following statement.

The U.S. District Court on Wednesday issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Christopher Laundrie.

The warrant, according to a press release from the FBI, was issued pursuant to a Federal Grand Jury indictment for violation of a federal statute. It was for “Use of Unauthorized Access Devices” related to Laundrie’s activities following the death of 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,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said. “We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI. No piece of information is too small or inconsequential to support our efforts in this investigation.”

According to the warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming, it states, “From on or about August 20, 2021, through and including on or about September 1, 2021, in the district of Wyoming and elsewhere, the Defendant, Brian Christopher Laundrie, knowingly and with intent to defraud, used one or more unauthorized access devices, namely a Capitol One Bank debit card ending in 8774 and a personal identification number for Capitol One Bank accounts ending in 0525 and 8665, and by such conduct obtained things of value aggregating to $1,000 or more during that period, which affected interstate commerce.”

Brian Laundrie Search Remained Active, Picked Up Pace In Florida Area

Meanwhile, the search for Brian Laundrie keeps going.

Officials had moved resources away from the Carlton Reserve area of Florida. Now, multiple agencies are now combing through the dense environment in hopes of locating the “person of interest” in the case of the death of Gabby Petito.

They are even using swamp buggies to search. The natural reserve is essentially just a vast swamp. According to North Port Police Commander Joe Fussell, a search coordinator, the Carlton Reserve is 75 percent water. So to conduct an effective and thorough search of the area, the appropriate craft is required. Fussell talked to Fox News about the ongoing efforts and coordination between agencies.

“They bring resources in, such a swamp buggies,” Fussell said. “These swamp buggies are important for us because you’re at higher altitude looking down, and you can get into the deeper water, the deeper marsh. About 75 percent of this area is water, and we can’t see how deep it is. So it’s more effective to bring these higher vehicles into those areas.”