The case of Gabby Petito’s death has already been an absolutely infuriating one for those following along.
Petito’s body was discovered earlier this week, long after her fiancé Brian Laundrie returned home from the cross-country road trip that they were on together, without her. Laundrie then went silent, refusing to cooperate with police who were investigating Petito’s then-disappearance.
Just a few days before Petito’s body was found, Laundrie himself went missing, leaving clues that pointed to him going hiking in the Carlton Reserve near his home, where police are now searching for him.
But this is no longer a simple search, it is now a manhunt, as an arrest warrant has been issued for Laundrie.
The FBI on Thursday said the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the disappearance and homicide of deceased Gabby Petito.
The warrant is “pursuant to a Federal Grand Jury indictment for violation of federal statute 18 U.S.C. § 1029(a)(i): ‘Use of Unauthorized Devices’ related to Mr. Laundrie’s activities following the death of Gabrielle 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 Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in a Thursday statement. “We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”
— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) September 23, 2021
The warrant’s details, in which Laundrie is being charged in connection to the use of Petito’s debit card, will not likely satisfy those seeking justice for Gabby, but it could open up new avenues in the search for Brian Laundrie.